A veteran driver recently repeated as grand champion at the 51st Annual Missouri Truck Driving Championship at the Branson Convention Center.
Hogan Transport’s Bruce Brewen, won the top trucking title. He earned the honor in 2017 and was a winner in his class the past three years. He is just the second grand champion in the last 30 years to win back to back titles in Missouri. Brewen also won four axle van class this year.
“We congratulate Bruce on being named Missouri’s grand champion for the second consecutive year,” said company President David Hogan. “It is a testament to Bruce’s thirty years of exemplary driving and professionalism with our company. We wish Bruce the best as he prepares to compete on the national stage in August.”
To show their appreciation, the Hogans gave Brewen a gift card to Gaston’s Resort on the White River. They also assigned him a new tractor.
Brewen, who has been driving with Hogan for nearly 30 years, said of the competition, “I’ll keep doing this as long as they’ll let me.”
The competition ranks drivers on safety and security, first aid and fire safety, pre-trip vehicle inspections and driving skills. Competitors are given a written test, a hands-on safety inspection exam and are put through a driving skills course. Brewen scored the highest point differential in all three areas for his skills and knowledge.
Brewen will compete against other state teams in the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 15th – 18 in Columbus, Ohio.