USF Holland driver Herschel Evans Placed 1st in the 5-Axle Class Roadway driver Vic Wheeler Placed 1st in the 3-Axle Class
The operating companies of YRC Worldwide announced today that two drivers have captured National Champion titles in their respective classes at the 2008 National Truck Driving Championships held August 19-23 in Houston, TX. Herschel Evans, city driver for USF Holland, was named National Champion in the 5-Axle Class. Vic Wheeler, linehaul driver for Roadway was named National Champion in the 3-Axle Class.
Evans has worked for USF Holland for 14 1/2 years and has been in the industry for 21years. Based in Atlanta, GA, Evans has competed at the state level for 2 years and won both times in 2006 and 2008. In 2008, he won the 5-Axle Class State Champion. At the state competition in 2006, Evans placed first in the 5-Axle Class, was named Rookie of the Year and Grand Champion.
Wheeler has worked for Roadway for 3 years and has been in the industry for 23 years. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Wheeler has competed at the state level in the 3-Axle Class for 7 years. Wheeler has been named Utah State Grand Champion three times, including this year and has competed at nationals three times. For the past two years Wheeler has been named the State Grand Champion.
Other top performers for YRC Worldwide subsidiaries were:
-- Bruce Amor, Roadway driver based in South Bend, IN placed 3rd in the 3-Axle Class.
-- Neil Nogues, Yellow Transportation driver based in Manchester, New Hampshire placed 3rd in the 4-Axle Class.
-- Jerry Richman, Yellow Transportation driver based in Clarksburg, West Virginia placed 2nd in the Twins Class.
"All of our drivers who participated in the national competition are among the nation's safest drivers," said Mike Smid, President and CEO of YRC North American Transportation. "The championships are always very competitive and we applaud our drivers on their exemplary performance. They demonstrate their dedication to professionalism and safety every single mile they drive."
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsored The National Truck Driving Championships, also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety," where drivers competed against nearly 400 others for national titles in eight different classes of vehicles for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulated points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the trucking industry through a series of tests. The drivers were also given a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test and a skills test.
To compete at the national competition, drivers must be accident-free for the 12 months leading up to the event and place first in the state-level driving championship.
In total, YRC Worldwide subsidiaries sent 69 drivers to the 2008 National Truck Driving Championships.