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2019 North Dakota Truck Driving Championships

Date: 6/4/2019

North Dakota Truck Driving Championship Winners Announced

The North Dakota Motor Carriers Association (NDMCA) held the 28th Annual North Dakota Truck Driving Championship (TDC) June 1 at NDSCS-Fargo, N.D. Almost 50 competitors squared off in nine different truck classes, demonstrating their driving expertise, inspection skills, overall knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests. The drivers completed a written examination, pre-trip inspection test and, most visibly, a six-stage skills test. The skills course tests drivers’ ability to judge distances, maneuver tight spaces, reverse, park and position their vehicles exactly over scales, before barriers or around curves. The 2019 winners are as follows:

Driver

Class

Company

City

Cameron Janousek

3 Axle

FedEx Freight

Hawley, Minn.

Christopher Scholand

4 Axle

FedEx Freight

West Fargo, N.D.

Steven Johnson

5 Axle

XPO Logistics

Lake Park, Minn.

Edward Oliver

Flatbed  

Magnum

West Fargo, N.D.

Julie Hjelle

Sleeper

Altendorf Trucking

Lankin, N.D.

Josh Metzger

Step Van 

FedEx Express

Moorhead, Minn.

Jamie Ackerland

Straight

FedEx Freight

West Fargo, N.D.

Scott Meyers

Tank 

FedEx Freight

Fargo, N.D.

John Janousek  

Twins

FedEx Freight

Moorhead, Minn.

Scott Meyers of FedEx Freight was the competitor with the highest overall score and was named Grand Champion. Julie Hjelle of Altendorf Trucking is the first female competitor to ever win the Sleeper Class and was named Rookie of the Year.

The champions in each class move on to the National Truck Driving Championship Aug. 14-17 in Pittsburgh, Pa., where they will represent North Dakota.

“The Championship encourages professional truck drivers to practice safe driving throughout the year because they must be crash-free for at least the past year in order to compete,” says Mike Gerhart, NDMCA executive vice president. “Many competitors have never been in a crash and others have millions of crash-free driving miles to their credit.”