9 Nebraska truckers advance to national driving contest

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Werner Enterprises’ Tim Dean was named grand champion. (Image Courtesy of Nebraska Trucking Association)Werner Enterprises’ Tim Dean was named grand champion. (Image Courtesy of Nebraska Trucking Association)

Nine Nebraska truck drivers are advancing to the National Truck Driving and Step Van Championships after winning first place in various categories at the annual Nebraska Truck Driving Championship.

Tim Dean, a Werner driver, was named the overall grand champion. He also won first place in the Sleeper Berth class.

FedEx Express driver Jeremiah Saffold was named the Rookie of the Year. He also won first place in the Step Van class.

The main class winners will be advancing to the national competition.

Nebraska Trucking Association hosted the Nebraska TDC June 8-9 in Grand Island.

The winners were:

Grand Champion: Tim Dean, Werner Enterprises

Rookie of the Year: Jeremiah Saffold, FedEx Express

Professional Excellence Award: Rebecca Hick, Werner Enterprises

Buck Buchholtz Top Driver Award: Clinton Rast, ABF Freight System

Kurt Everett Vehicle Condition Award: Toby Kort, FedEx Freight

Jerry Wessel Award: Larry Derr, Werner Enterprises

Straight Truck: Clinton Rast, ABF Freight

3-Axle: Paul Badgett, FedEx Freight

4-Axle: Tom Canning, Old Dominion Freight Line

5-Axle: Toby Kort, FedEx Freight

Sleeper Berth: Tim Dean, Werner Enterprises

Tanker: Pat Crumb, Fremont Contract Carriers

Flatbed: Daryl Johnson,YRC Freight

Twin Trailers: Terry Durham, Werner Enterprises

Step Van: Jeremiah Saffold, FedEx Express

Mixer: Daniel Zeibig, NEBCO-Beatrice Concrete

Truck and Pup: Bob Duff, Lyman-Richey Corporation

Team Winners: ABF Freight