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Truck drivers to compete locally for Illinois championship

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:48 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 5:30 p.m. CST

The Illinois Trucking Association will host the Illinois Professional Truck Driving Championship Competition in Morris on Saturday, June 16.

The public is welcome to the event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, 2400 Ritchie Road, Morris.

The event, sponsored by the Illinois Trucking Association, is designed to promote safety and professionalism within the industry.

Admission is free and attendees will have the opportunity to view course competitions of 142 drivers from 21 companies who have accumulated 165 million miles of lifetime accident-free driving.

The course consists of six pre-defined driving problems requiring a great deal of skill and tenacity on the part of each driver. Drivers have 10 minutes to complete all six problems. The judging is on a point system and there will be three judges for each course problem.

Competing drivers must have been accident free for one year prior to the competition.

Many have been practicing for weeks on their own anticipating the challenges they will face on the course Saturday. The first time the drivers can view the course problems is the evening before the event.

Prior to the competition, drivers will have taken a written exam and completed a pre-trip inspection test on one of the nine classes of trucks. During the pre-trip it is their responsibility to spot and identify safety deficits.

Drivers will compete in nine classes of trucks: 3 axle, 4 axle, 5 axle, flatbed, sleeper berth, straight truck, tank truck, and step van. Winners in each class will be announced at a special trucker’s banquet Saturday evening.

Rookie of the Year Award, Pre-Trip Award, and the Grand Championship Award will also be presented at the banquet. Winners will go on to compete at the national level in Minneapolis, Minn.,  Aug. 7-11, for the American Trucking Associations National Truck Driving Championships.

Competitors understand the importance of their profession for without the trucking industry we would not be able to go about our daily business.

If we think about our daily lives, everything we touch and come in contact with has been brought to us by the trucking industry; from the food we eat, the materials that build our houses and offices, to the catalog delivery that comes to our front door.

For more information, please call the Illinois Trucking Association at 630-654-0884 or visit www.iltrucking.org.

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