ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, American Trucking Associations announced Roland Bolduc as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships.

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“With an impressive showing this week, Roland Bolduc emerged as the leader of the field and is taking home our industry’s top prize,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “On behalf of ATA and the entire trucking community, I want to thank the strong field of competitors for participating in these championships and practicing safety every day on our nation’s highways. Your commitment to excellence makes us proud to be in the trucking industry.”

To clinch the esteemed title of 2017 Bendix Grand Champion, Bolduc’s driving accuracy and knowledge of truck safety surpassed the more than 420 other state champion professional truck drivers competing in all vehicle classes in Orlando, Florida this week.  

Bolduc, who also took home the Sleeper Berth class title, lives in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and drives professionally for FedEx Express. He has more than 1.9 million safe driving miles in his career and has worked in the trucking industry for more than 36 years, spending the last 23 years with FedEx Express. Bolduc was named an America’s Road Team Captain in 2000.

ATA also recognized Bryce Neilson as the 2017 Rookie of the Year. Neilson claimed the title after performing well in the Flatbed division. Additionally, the team of drivers from Kentucky produced the best collective score, with an average of 307.13, and were honored as the top state delegation.

Professionalism and dedication to the trucking industry were key themes during the National Truck Driving Championships. Daniel Shamrell was honored during the awards banquet with the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award and Joe Smith was chosen as the Lifetime Volunteer Award recipient.

ACT 1 served as a premier sponsor of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, which took place Aug. 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Champions from each of the 9 vehicle classes were also announced. Joining Roland Bolduc on the list of national champions are:

3-Axle: Glen Kirk, Franklin, Indiana, Old Dominion Freight Line

4-Axle: James Duffy, Marshall, Wisconsin, FedEx Freight

5-Axle: Michael Miltenberger, Cumberland, Maryland, PITT OHIO

Flatbed: Wayne Crowder, Louisville, Kentucky, FedEx Freight

Sleeper Berth: Roland Bolduc, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, FedEx Express

Straight Truck: Richard Bailey, Macomb, Michigan, FedEx Freight

Tank Truck: Scott Woodrome, Middletown, Ohio, FedEx Freight

Twins: Chris Poyner, Richland, Washington, XPO Logistics

Step Van: Michael Bills, Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, FedEx Express

Other Awards

Rookie of the Year: Bryce Neilson, Anaconda, Montana, FedEx Freight

Team Champions: Kentucky

Vehicle Condition: Bryan Wold, Reiles Acres, North Dakota, XPO Logistics

Highest Written Exam Award: Paul Brandon, Oxford, Connecticut, FedEx Freight and Don Logan, Eskridge, Kansas, FedEx Freight

Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence: Daniel Shamrell, Battle Ground, Washington, FedEx Freight

Lifetime Volunteer Award: Joe Smith, Kenco Management

Full results from today’s final competition below:

Final
Standings

Class

Place

Name

Employer

State

3-Axle

1

Glen Kirk

Old Dominion Freight Line

Indiana

2

David Rohman

FedEx Express

North Carolina

3

David Murphy

YRC Freight

Idaho

4

Walter McGuire

Walmart Transportation

Georgia

5

Sam Wilson

XPO Logistics

Nebraska

4-Axle

1

James Duffy

FedEx Freight

Wisconsin

2

Tony Archambault

Walmart Transportation

Maine

3

Daniel Shamrell

FedEx Freight

Oregon

4

Steven Ward

FedEx Express

South Carolina

5

Darrell Shelton

FedEx Freight

Washington

6

Bruce Quaal

YRC Freight

Minnesota

5-Axle

1

Michael Miltenberger

PITT OHIO

Maryland

2

Jose Orozco

XPO Logistics

Arizona

3

Artur Lesniowski

FedEx Ground

New Jersey

4

Nicholas Jones

FedEx Freight

Oregon

5

Tom Hopkins

Walmart Transportation

Nebraska

Flatbed

1

Richard Crowder

FedEx Freight

Kentucky

2

Dennis Shirar

Walmart Transportation

Indiana

3

Brian Walker

UPS Freight

North Carolina

4

Donald Logan

FedEx Freight

Kansas

5

Edward Mikan

UPS

Illinois

Sleeper
Berth

1

Roland Bolduc

FedEx Express

Massachusetts

2

Heladio Fernandez

FedEx Freight

Oregon

3

Rick Pledger

Walmart Transportation

Texas

4

Brian Hall

Old Dominion Freight Line

Tennessee

5

Gary Mars

Walmart Transportation

Arkansas

Straight
Truck

1

Richard Bailey

FedEx Freight

Michigan

2

Brent Glasenapp

FedEx Express

Wisconsin

3

Dale Brenaman

UPS

Kentucky

4

Christopher Shaw

FedEx Express

New Mexico

5

David Hawk

FedEx Freight

Alabama

Tank
Truck

1

Scott Woodrome

FedEx Freight

Ohio

2

Thomas Garner

FedEx Freight

Alabama

3

Anthony Spero

ABF Freight System

Connecticut

4

Gerald Wrinkle

Walmart Transportation

Kentucky

5

Daniel Bartelson

XPO Logistics

North Dakota

Twins

1

Chris Poynor

XPO Logistics

Washington

2

Jeffrey Rose

YRC Freight

Ohio

3

Marcus Byrd

FedEx Freight

Mississippi

4

Michael Flippin

FedEx Freight

Colorado

5

Esteban Perez

AAA Cooper Transportation

Texas

Step Van

1

Michael Bills

FedEx Express

North Carolina

2

Jason Imhoff

Walmart Transportation

Ohio

3

Ceth Christensen

UPS 

Illinois

4

Bartholomew Masciulli

FedEx Express

Pennsylvania

5

Kailen Bronson

FedEx Ground

Oregon

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward.

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