YRC Worldwide is proud to announce that five of its professional drivers captured top awards at this year's National Truck Driving Championships, Aug. 3–7 in Columbus, Ohio. YRC Worldwide sent a team of outstanding professional drivers from subsidiaries Holland, New Penn, Reddaway and YRC to the annual competition.
"We are extremely proud of all of our professional drivers, who competed this past weekend at the 2010 National Truck Driving Championships," said Mike Smid, YRC Inc. president and YRC Worldwide chief operations officer. "We congratulate all drivers at YRC Worldwide for their continued commitment to the industry."
Bruce Quaal, YRC line haul driver from Minnesota has been named the National Champion in the Sleeper Class. Quaal has been in the transportation industry for 19 years and with YRC for the past 16 years. He has earned a Million Mile Safe Driver Award for driving 10 years without a preventable accident.
Will Chrvala, New Penn city driver from Pennsylvania, placed second in the 4-Axle Class. Additionally, Chrvala won the Vehicle Condition Award for pre-trip inspections, an award given to only one driver in the entire competition. Chrvala has been in the transportation industry for the 37 years and has been with New Penn for the 8 years. He is a 12-time Pennsylvania State Champion and 2-time National Champion in 1995 and 1998.
Rich Seigle, YRC shuttle driver from Illinois, placed third in the 4-Axle Class. Seigle has been in the transportation industry for the 32 years and has been with YRC for 26 years. He is a six-time Illinois State Champion and two-time National Champion in 2002 and 2000. He has earned a 2.7 Million Mile Safe Driver Award and has driven 3.5 million miles throughout his career with YRC Worldwide.
In addition, YRC driver Andy Smith and Reddaway driver John Van Buren were recognized as part of the Oregon state truck driving championship team, which achieved the honor of being the highest-scoring state team.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the event, also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety," where more than 400 drivers compete for national titles in nine vehicle classes and for the coveted National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points through a written examination, 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 their state-level driving championship.