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'Super Bowl of Safety' to determine top driving champions

Gary Harms, a Walmart Transportation professional truck driver based in Olathe, Kansas, holds up his trophy after he was named the 2013 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion in competition at Salt Lake City.

The Trucker News Services

8/11/2014

PITTSBURGH — More than 400 top professional truck drivers from across the country are gathering here for the 77th annual “Super Bowl of Safety,” the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, which begins Tuesday and runs through Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The event is hosted by American Trucking Associations.

“Safety is the trucking industry’s highest priority,” said ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express at Charleston, South Carolina. “And there is no better place to see how deep our commitment is than at this annual gathering of the safest drivers on the road.”

Featuring 426 competitors from all 50 states, including 23 first-time participants and 11 women, the NTDC and NSVDC pits winners of state contests in eight different classes – from 18-wheeled five-axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers to straight trucks – any one of whom could be named Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

After kicking off Tuesday with the Breakfast of Champions, sponsored by Meritor Inc. and featuring ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, drivers will spend four days testing their mettle behind the wheel on a challenging driving course and demonstrate their knowledge of trucking safety practices, equipment and the industry at large.

The competition ends August 16 with the crowning of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, top competitors in every vehicle class and the top state team. In addition, the 22nd annual North American Inspectors Championship for commercial vehicle enforcement professionals will again take place alongside the NTDC.

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