Monday, June 10, 2024

Alabama’s elite truckers triumph at the Alabama Truck Driving Championships

David Hawk

FedEx Freight

In a remarkable showcase of skill and safety, FedEx Freight truck driver David Hawk has once again soared to new heights, clinching the Grand Champion Award at the Alabama Trucking Association’s Truck Driving Championships. Hawk, a seasoned driver with over 34 years under his belt, led the pack with a stellar combined score of 417 out of 500, marking his impressive sixth straight journey to Nationals.

The event, held on June 7 at the Pelham Civic Complex, drew a competitive field of 105 drivers from across Alabama, representing more than a dozen trucking firms. Hawk’s victory in the 3-Axle class underscored the high level of competition and camaraderie among participants. With nearly 2 million safe miles to his name, Hawk credits his success to rigorous and consistent practice, setting a benchmark for aspiring champions.

Other Class winners were 4-Axle winner Sanford Nix of FedEx Freight; 5-Axle winner William Brandon, FedEx Freight; Flatbed winner Kyle Avery, Publix Super Markets: Sleeper Berth winner Kevin Cox, Walmart Transportation; Straight Truck winner Brian Collin, Walmart Transportation; Tanker winner Kenneth Lockhart, FedEx Freight; Twins winner Darrell Kimbrell, FedEx Freight; and Stepvan winner Michael Parsley, FedEx Freight.

This year’s Alabama TDC was not just about the competition; it was a celebration of the trucking community’s dedication to safety, excellence, and professionalism. The course, inspired by the National Competition’s layout, presented new challenges that tested the drivers’ skills in a more compact and demanding environment.

The championships also highlighted emerging talents and seasoned competitors, including rookie Tara Brown of Evergreen Transportation and three-time contestant Jermaine Daffin of Greenbush Logistics. Their stories of perseverance, adaptation, and dedication to mastering their craft were among the many inspiring narratives emerging from the event.

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The evening’s awards dinner saw ATA Chairman Tommy Neely and Vice President of Safety and Compliance Tim Frazier commend the drivers for their commitment to excellence. Their words echoed the sentiment of pride and gratitude felt by all in attendance, celebrating the achievements and the continuous pursuit of excellence in the trucking industry.

Looking ahead, the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis await Alabama’s finest. With a history of success on the national stage, the team is poised to once again represent their state with honor and skill.

ATA Vice President of Safety and Compliance Tim Frazier said this event is the culmination of extensive planning and hard work. “Our appreciation goes to the TDC steering committee, the many volunteers, and the judges for their priceless contributions,” he said. “We extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors, whose support has been pivotal in making this competition a reality. But I also thank our staff for their dedication and passion have been instrumental in our success.”

The National Truck Driving Championships will be held in Indianapolis on August 21-24, hosted by the American Trucking Associations.Through the years, Alabama’s team has enjoyed several class winners at Nationals and even one Grand Champion – YRC’s Al Lewis in 2007.

“We’ve had a good amount of success at Nationals before, but it’s not easy to win there,” Frazier said. “Each one of our class members has been to Nationals at least once, so we are bringing a very talented group. I know they will be ready.”

Thank you to the 2024 Alabama TDC Sponsors!