AAA Cooper driver wins title at Alabama championship

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Updated Jun 7, 2018
AAA Cooper Transportation driver Mark Knight, center, was named grand champion at the Alabama TDC. He was presented the award by Alabama Trucking Association Chairman of the Board Terry Kilpatrick of Billy Barnes Enterprises, left, and Alabama Trucking Association Council Chairman Tony Smith of AAA Cooper Transportation, right. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)AAA Cooper Transportation driver Mark Knight, center, was named grand champion at the Alabama TDC. He was presented the award by Alabama Trucking Association Chairman of the Board Terry Kilpatrick of Billy Barnes Enterprises, left, and Alabama Trucking Association Council Chairman Tony Smith of AAA Cooper Transportation, right. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

Nearly 100 Alabama truck drivers convened in Pelham this past weekend to compete against one another in the annual Alabama Truck Driving Championship.

Mark Knight, a driver for AAA Cooper Transportation, was named the overall champion. He also won first place in the 5-Axle class.

The championship was held June 1 and was put on by the Alabama Trucking Association.

The winners were:

Grand Champion: Mark Knight, AAA Cooper Transportation

Rookie of the Year: David Deason

Pre-Trip Inspection: David Hawk, FedEx Freight

3-Axle: Alphonso Lewis, YRC Freight

4-Axle: Cecil Salter, FedEx Freight

5-Axle: Mark Knight, AAA Cooper Transportation

Step Van: Robert Moore, FedEx Freight

Tank Truck: Kenneth Lockhart, FedEx Freight

Sleeper Berth: Russell Cottingham, FedEx Freight

Twin Trailers: Dan Thompson, FedEx Freight

Flatbed: Thomas “Ross” Garner, FedEx Freight

Straight Truck: David Hawk, FedEx Freight

Ladies SUV Challenge: Angela Gardner, TCW

FedEx Freight's Dan Thompson won first place in the Twin Trailer class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's Dan Thompson won first place in the Twin Trailer class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

YRC Freight's Alphonso Lewis, center, won first place in the 3-Axle class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)YRC Freight's Alphonso Lewis, center, won first place in the 3-Axle class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

TCW's Angela Gardner, center, won the Ladies SUV Challenge. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)TCW's Angela Gardner, center, won the Ladies SUV Challenge. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

FedEx Freight's Robert Cottingham, center, won first place in the Sleeper Berth class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's Robert Cottingham, center, won first place in the Sleeper Berth class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

David Deason, center, was named the Rookie of the Year. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)David Deason, center, was named the Rookie of the Year. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

FedEx Freight's Cecil Salter, center, won first place in the 4-Axle class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's Cecil Salter, center, won first place in the 4-Axle class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

FedEx Freight's Kenneth Lockhart, center, won first place in the Tank Truck class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's Kenneth Lockhart, center, won first place in the Tank Truck class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

FedEx Freight's Robert Moore, center, won first place in the Step Van class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's Robert Moore, center, won first place in the Step Van class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

FedEx Freight's David Hawk, center, won the Pre-Trip Inspection award. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's David Hawk, center, won the Pre-Trip Inspection award. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

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AAA Cooper Transportation's Mark Knight, center, won first place in the 5-Axle class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)AAA Cooper Transportation's Mark Knight, center, won first place in the 5-Axle class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

FedEx Freight's Thomas 'Ross' Garner, center, won first place in the Flatbed class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's Thomas "Ross" Garner, center, won first place in the Flatbed class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)

FedEx Freight's David Hawk, center, won first place in the Straight Truck class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)FedEx Freight's David Hawk, center, won first place in the Straight Truck class. (Image Courtesy of Alabama Trucking Association/Facebook)