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Gateway City to Host Next Week’s National Truck Driving Championships

August 7, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News, Owner Operators, Technology
A driver takes to the course in a tank truck at the National Truck Driving Championships. A driver takes to the course in a tank truck at the National Truck Driving Championships.

A driver takes to the course in a tank truck at the National Truck Driving Championships.

 

Next week, more than 400 top professional truck drivers from across the country will arrive in St. Louis, Mo., for the 78th annual “Super Bowl of Safety,” the 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

Hosted by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and held over three days, 431 competitors from all 50 states — including 39 first-time participants — representing 85 different companies will vie for honors in one of eight different classes and the title of Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

“Safety is the trucking industry’s top priority,” said ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C., “and each year, the industry’s commitment to safety is displayed at the NTDCs. The competitors here are the safest drivers on the highway and an example for us all.”

The festivities begin next Thursday with the Breakfast of Champions, followed by three days of competition behind the wheel on a challenging driving course and other tests of their knowledge of safety and of the industry.

Competition concludes on Saturday, Aug. 15, with the crowning of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, as well as with awards for drivers in every vehicle class and for the top state delegation.

The Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry is premiere sponsor of the 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, taking place August 11-15 at the America’s Center Convention Complex and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.