OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The operating companies of YRC Worldwide (Nasdaq: YRCW) 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 21 years. 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. The YRC Worldwide National Truck Driving Championships team includes the following members:
Yellow Transportation Drivers Class Service Center Roger Anderson 4-Axle Cincinnati, OH Chris Ballard Sleeper Indianapolis, IN Everett Bogert Twin Trailers Portland, OR Tim Brochue 4-Axle Coldwater, MI Shawn Campos Flatbed Maybrook, NY Don Conklin Tanker South Bend, IN Jerry Cudmore Tanker Watertown SD Glade Evenson 4-Axle Sioux Falls, SD Eric Halchishak 3-Axle Coldwater, MI David Hall 4-Axle Little Rock, AR Mark Hassemer 5-Axle Green Bay, WI Rick Herbert 4-Axle Chicago Ridge, IL James Hurd Sleeper Billings, MT Kale Kapple Tanker Billings, MT Tom Kelly 4-Axle Maybrook, NY William Krouse Flatbed St. Paul, MN Michael Madden Tanker Nashville, TN Paul Medders 3-Axle Daytona Beach, FL David Moore 4-Axle Worcester, MA Ed Moore Twin Trailers Maybrook, NY Neil Nogues 4-Axle Manchester, NH Bruce Quaal Tanker St. Paul, MN Eugene Repp Twin Trailers Salisbury, DE Jerry Richman Twin Trailers Clarksburg, WV Jeramy Riggs Straight Truck Kansas City, MO Larry Tucker Straight Truck Louisville, KY Paul Unser Flatbed Boise, ID Wade Wagemann Twin Trailers Aberdeen, SD Robert Williams 4-Axle Denver, CO Larry Wilson 4-Axle Portland, OR Roadway Drivers Class Service Center Bruce Amor 3-Axle South Bend, IN Regnald Ansbach Tanker Kansas City, KS Richard Beukelman Tanker Portland, OR Star Boodooram Straight Truck Kearny, NJ Nick Caiola Tanker Kearny, NJ Tony Dorries 3-Axle Ft. Worth, TX Laurier Dumont 5-Axle Concord, NH Kent Durant 5-Axle Wichita, KS Michael Erick 4-Axle Providence, RI Robbie Granstrom 3-Axle Oklahoma City, OK Whyman Hassel Tanker Milwaukee, WI Thomas Jones Flatbed Akron, OH Bill Keeling Twin Trailers Atlanta, GA Felipe Leyva Straight Truck Oakland, CA Jose Martinez 5-Axle Tacoma, WA Fernando Noel Straight Truck Worcester, MA Keith Powell 4-Axle Dover, DE Stacy Sansom Twin Trailers Shreveport, LA Julian Scott Sleeper Elk Grove Village, IL Richard Seigle 5-Axle Chicago, IL Lynn Springer Flatbed Portland, OR Mitch Stegner Flatbed Columbia, MO Ron VanBibber Tanker Salt Lake City, UT George West Twin Trailers Chicago, IL Vic Wheeler 3-Axle Salt Lake City, UT Wayne Whitburn 5-Axle Birmingham, AL Patrick Wickman Twin Trailers Concord, NH Ben Wilds Straight Truck Portland, OR Bernard Zadrozny Straight Truck Cheshire, CT YRC Regional Transportation Drivers Class Service Center Scott Beal Twin Trailers USF Reddaway-Boise, ID Wade Duerksen 3-Axle USF Reddaway-Denver, CO Herschel Evans 5-Axle USF Holland-Atlanta, GA Thomas Holman Straight Truck USF Reddaway- Denver, CO Michael Mygatt Twin Trailers USF Reddaway-Seattle, WA Jeff Payne 5-Axle USF Reddaway-Cedar City, UT Russ Simpson 5-Axle USF Holland-Columbus, OH Douglas Stubbs 4-Axle USF Reddaway-Three Forks, MT Craig Tarsia Sleeper USF Reddaway-Portland, OR Robert Wolford Straight Truck USF Holland-Detroit, MI Additional Awards Received At State Competition: Driver Company Additional Award Regnald Ansbach Roadway State Grand Champion Tony Dorries Roadway Best Pretrip Award in 3-Axle Class Kent Durant Roadway Highest Written Test Score Eric Halchishak Yellow Transportation State Grand Champion Paul Medders Yellow Transportation State Grand Champion David Moore Yellow Transportation Bradford W. Rayworth Memorial Award for Professionalism Fernando Noel Roadway State Grand Champion Jeramy Riggs Yellow Transportation Rookie of the Year Russ Simpson USF Holland Rookie of the Year, Highest Off Course Score in Pretrip and Written Test Lynn Springer Roadway State Grand Champion Wade Wagemann Yellow Transportation State Grand Champion, Highest Driving Points George West Roadway Highest Composite Score Vic Wheeler Roadway State Grand Champion (2nd year in a row) Patrick Wickman Roadway State Grand Champion Ben Wilds Roadway Best Pretrip Award (2nd year in a row) Larry Wilson Yellow Transportation Rookie of the Year Robert Wolford USF Holland Rookie of the Year
About YRC Worldwide
YRC Worldwide Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company and one of the largest transportation service providers in the world, is the holding company for a portfolio of successful brands including Yellow Transportation, Roadway, Reimer Express, YRC Logistics, New Penn, USF Holland, USF Reddaway, and USF Glen Moore. The enterprise provides global transportation services, transportation management solutions and logistics management. The portfolio of brands represents a comprehensive array of services for the shipment of industrial, commercial and retail goods domestically and internationally. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., YRC Worldwide employs approximately 60,000 people.
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