This week, hundreds of the nation’s top professional truck drivers will head to Salt Lake City for the 76th National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships to compete for the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.
This year, 422 drivers representing all 50 states will compete in the “Super Bowl of Safety,” Aug. 20-24 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each year, NTDC is hosted by American Trucking Associations and for the third straight year, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC is the sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion award.
Each state sends competitors in eight classes of vehicle, ranging from straight trucks to tank trucks, as well as an affiliated competition for step vans.
These drivers will test their mettle over four days, demonstrating their driving prowess on a world-class safety course, their knowledge of the industry and safety practices in an exhaustive written exam and an inspection to show their expertise and familiarity with the trucks they work with every day.
In addition to the NTDC, the nation’s top vehicle enforcement officers will compete in the 21st annual North American Inspectors Championship, hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.