Wednesday, June 03, 2009

West Virginia Motor Truck Association Champion Named

Tim Bailey, a Con-way Freight driver from West Union, was named the grand champion of the West Virginia Motor Truck Association's truck driving championship May 30 in Charleston.

Bailey took top honors after competing in a variety of skill and safety tests.

George "Mike" Miller, a driver with Burns Motor Freight and a Marlinton resident, earned the 2008 Driver of the Year award. Miller has driven for 30 years and logged more than 2.7 million miles behind the wheel with no accidents.

Roger L. Lanham, who drives for UPS Freight, is a Winfield resident and was honored with the 2008 State Police safety award. Lanham has driven for 37 years and 4.2 million miles accident free.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission 2008 Driver of the Year Award was presented to Charles C. Maynard of Hurricane, who drives for UPS Freight. He has 36 years of driving experience.

Other awards included team champion, Con-way Freight of Ann Arbor, Mich., and rookie of the year, John "Tim" Hodges, Con-way Freight, Hurricane.

First place awards were presented for:
straight truck, Tim Bailey, Con-way Freight, West Union;
3-axle tractor semi-trailer, Eddie Thomasson, YRC, Culloden;
4-axle tractor semi-trailer, Daryl England, FedEx Freight, Elkview;
5-axle van, Ralph Gragg, UPS Charleston, South Charleston;
tank truck, Gerald Pugh, FedEx Freight, Marietta, Ohio;
flatbed, Kenneth Grimmett, Con-way Freight, Fayetteville;
twin trailers, Larry Gorby Jr., Con-way Freight; and
sleeper berth, Steve Looney, Petroleum Transport Inc., St. Albans.

All first place drivers are eligible to compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championship.

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