Jeff Higgins, a driver for UPS Freight from Pinson, Ala. was the highest overall scorer at the Alabama Truck Driving Championship held June 12 in Pelham, Ala. Higgins posted a combined score of 348 points to win the 3-axle and eventually the Grand Champion trophy, which is sponsored by Southland International Trucks.
Nearly 100 drivers from two dozen Alabama Trucking Association member firms competed in the event held at the Pelham Civic Complex, just South of Birmingham.
Other class winners were Daniel Thompson of FedEx Freight (Twins); Steve Brannen of Wal-Mart Transportation (Sleeper Berth); William Brandon of FedEx Freight (5-Axle); Samuel Castleberry of Con-Way Freight (4-Axle); James McCormick of Wal-Mart Transportation (Flatbed); Darrel Beard of Wal-Mart Transportation (Tanker); Mark Knight of AAA Cooper Transportation (Straight Truck); and Tony Johnson of UPS Freight (Step Van).
Holland, Inc. driver Frank Brown, who scored a 298 points overall and was the first runner up in the 5-Axle class, earned the Rookie of the Year title. Meanwhile James Blackstone of Wal-Mart was the highest scorer in the inspection contest.