Driver of 38 years wins vintage Pontiac Firebird in drawing

Chuck Ryan, president and CEO of AMBEST presents Stacey Hamilton with they to the vintage Firebird

A veteran trucker recently won a vintage Pontiac Firebird in a recent drawing held by a loyalty card program. 

AMBEST, the member-owned, nationwide network of independent truck stops, travel centers, and service centers, hosted their 2023 Grand Prize Celebration at Ole Red on Broadway March 19. Chuck Ryan, president and CEO of AMBEST presented Stacey Hamilton, long-time AMBUCK$ card holder and driver of 38 years, with the 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am sponsored by Lucas Oil, Monster Energy, & PowerUp. His winning AMBUCK$ transaction occurred on Aug. 17, 2023 at Truckers Inn in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

"AMBEST is proud and grateful to have been able to award our 2023 AMBUCK$ Grand Prize to such a deserving person," said Ryan, "Stacey has labored and served as a career Truck Driver for over 38 years. After getting to know him and his wife Lisa we feel that he was the perfect recipient."

Hamilton started as a teenager, driving with his dad, and learning the ropes of a truck driver.  He worked his way up from being a company driver to owning his truck, as he has for the past twenty-two years. He is currently leased out to a company in Parker, Soth Dakota, and looks forward to finishing his trucking career with them.

"I am married to my amazing wife Leisa, and we have four beautiful daughters. They are my world, and I wouldn't be where I am today without their love and support," Hamilton said.

AMBUCK$ is the longest, continuously running professional driver rewards program and gives over $30,000 in prizes and rewards to truck drivers each year. Drivers swipe their AMBUCK$ loyalty card when they fuel at any AMBEST location or get work done at an AMBEST Service Center. Each swipe is an entry to win multiple prizes throughout the year.

"AMBEST, they've been the best. This whole thing, they put on at Blake Shelton's bar, I love it! It's awesome! It's truly a good feeling," Hamilton said after receiving the keys to the 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.