South Dakota drivers face off at annual championship

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Troy Swenson is South Dakota’s 2019 grand champion. (Image Courtesy of South Dakota Trucking Association)Troy Swenson is South Dakota’s 2019 grand champion. (Image Courtesy of South Dakota Trucking Association)

South Dakota truck drivers gathered at the Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls May 18 to test their skills as part of the South Dakota Truck Driving Championship. FedEx Freight driver Troy Swenson was named the grand champion and also won first place in the 4-Axle class.

Last year’s grand champion Wade Wagemann won first place in this year’s 5-Axle class.

The class winners will advance to the national championship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14-17.

The winners were:

Grand Champion: Troy Swenson, FedEx Freight

3-Axle: Mike Whitehead, FedEx Freight

4-Axle: Troy Swenson, FedEx Freight

5-Axle: Wade Wagemann, YRC Freight

Flatbed: Jeremy Senger, FedEx Freight

Tanker: Greg Keller, A&A Express Inc.

Straight Truck: Nan Harguth, Cliff Viessman Inc.

Sleeper Berth: Dan Cameron, K&J Trucking Inc.

Twin Trailers: Marty Ellis, A&A Express Inc.