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