Aug. 13, 2019 | Fifteen Local 355 UPS feeder, freight, and package drivers competed recently in the Maryland Truck Driving Championships (MMTA), bringing home seven individual awards. The competition held on June 1, 2019, in Timonium, Md., included 102 drivers from all over the state. This is the first year UPS Baltimore drivers took home championship titles.
Competing for the nation’s top award, four members of UPS Team Maryland will number among 427 of the trucking industry’s best drivers from every U.S. state at the National Truck Driving and Step Van Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14th through Aug. 17th:
- John Nash – 1st Place, Md. 3-Axle Champion
- Eric Schiller – 1st place, Md. Step Van Champion
- Victor Carter – 1st place, Md. Tank Truck Champion
- Jason Trego, UPS Freight/Federalsburg – 1st place, Md. Twins Champion
Carter was also named Rookie of the Year for achieving the highest overall score among first-time competitors.
Known industry-wide as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” the truck driving competition challenges drivers’ safety skills and professionalism in nine class of trucks. The competition is “a celebration of the extraordinary skills and safety of our state’s finest truck drivers” said MMTA President Louis Campion, in a recent Transport Topics interview.
Other members of the UPS Chesapeake Division were:
- Charlie Huber – 2nd Place, Flat Bed class
- Mo Pleh – 2nd Place, 5-Axle class
- Wayne Todd – 3rd Place, Twins class
- David Schultz – 4th Place, 5-Axle class
- Mike Santos – 6th Place, Sleeper class
- Lakia Blackford – 10th Place, 4-Axle class
- Barry Freeberger – 10th Place, Sleeper class
From UPS Freight:
- Barry Holland (a former Grand Champion) – 2nd Place, 3-Axle class
- Robert Hess – 7th Place, Straight Truck class
- Curtis Denard – 8th Place, 4-Axle class
- William Dickerson – 17th Place, 5-Axle class
Congratulations to all!
Photos/Maryland Motor Truck Association