Eighty-six truckers from across Virginia met May 4-5 in Chester to compete in the annual Virginia Truck Driving Championships, coordinated by the Virginia Trucking Association.
Mark Brundage, a FedEx Express driver from Leesburg, earned the title of Grand Champion. Brundage has been driving for 25 years and has called FedEx Express home for 17 of those years. He has driven over 1.5 million safe driving miles. Brundage also won first place in the 4-Axle category.
Marcus Gardner, a FedEx Freight driver from Chester, was awarded the Rookie of the Year title. The award is given annually to the first-time competitor with the highest average score.
The winners were:
Neill Darmstadter Memorial Grand Champion Award: Mark Brundage, FedEx Express
Willie Taylor Memorial Course Champion Award: Joe Clements, UPS Freight
Captain Roy Terry Memorial Pre-Trip Inspection Award: Doug Padgett, Robinson Terminal Warehouse
Rookie of the Year Award: Marcus Gardner, FedEx Freight
Team Trophy: Walmart Transportation
Step Van: Greg Long, FedEx Express
Straight Truck: David Prince, FedEx Freight
3-Axle: Anthony Cottrell, XPO Logistics
4-Axle: Mark Brundage, FedEx Express
5-Axle Van: Kerry Ryan, FedEx Freight
5-Axle Tank: Joe Clement, UPS Freight
Sleeper Berth: Jim Hines, Walmart Transportation
Twin Trailers: Earnest Allen, Walmart Transportation