Georgia names ABF Freight driver grand champion

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Tim McElwaney, left, won first place in the 5-Axle class and was named Grand Champion. Antonio Mendez, center, won second place in the 5-Axle class while Bob DeCamp, right, won third. (Image Courtesy of Bruce Bugg of ABF Freight)Tim McElwaney, left, won first place in the 5-Axle class and was named Grand Champion. Antonio Mendez, center, won second place in the 5-Axle class while Bob DeCamp, right, won third. (Image Courtesy of Bruce Bugg of ABF Freight)

ABF Freight driver Tim McElwaney walked away from the Georgia Truck Driving Championships as the grand champion. The driving skills competition, put on by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA), was held May 10-12 in Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia.

McElwaney also won first place in the 5-Axle class.

UPS Freight driver Joey Whitaker was honored as the Rookie of the Year. The association also named Tim Taylor as its Driver of the Year during the event.

The TDC winners were:

Rick Perkins Memorial Scholarship: Andi Pearson

Georgia Driver of the Year: Tim Taylor

Guy Young Grand Champion Award: Tim McElwaney, ABF Freight

Quentin Taylor Pre-Trip Award: Michael Hall, Southeastern Freight Lines

Inez West Written Exam Award: Herschel Evans, Holland, Inc.

John Harris Rookie of the Year Award: Joey Whitaker, UPS Freight

3-Axle: Roger Nicholson, UPS Freight

4-Axle: Pete Steerman, AAA Cooper Transportation

5-Axle: Tim McElwaney, ABF Freight System

Flatbed: Been Moore, Jr., Walmart Transportation

Sleeper: Herschel Evans, Holland, Inc.

Straight Truck: Doug Austim, Martin Bower

Tanker: Glenn Morris, FedEx Freight

Twins: Carlos Rodriguez, Old Dominion Freight Line

Clifford Williams Award – Large Team: UPS Freight

Clifford Williams Award – Small Team: Martin Bower

Fleet Safety Awards:

Flatbed: Collings Trucking Co., Inc.

Household Goods: Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Tank: Groendyke Transport, Inc.

General Commodities – Truckload (< 5 millions miles): Collins Trucking Co., Inc.

General Commodities – Truckload (10-20 million miles): Brown Trucking Company

General Commodities – Truckload (30-40 million miles): Walmart Supply Chain

General Commodities – LTL (5-10 million miles): Colonial Cartage Corporation

General Commodities – LTL (10-20 million miles): ABF Freight

General Commodities – LTL (30-40 million miles): FedEx Freight

General Commodities – LTL (40-50 million miles): Southeastern Freight Lines

President’s Award: Collins Trucking C0., Inc.