Competitors at last year's Truck Driving Championships.

Competitors at last year's Truck Driving Championships. 

The 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships hosted by American Trucking Associations are set to kick off on Aug. 13 in St. Louis.

Over three days, 431 competitors, including 39 first-time participants, from 85 different companies will compete for honors in eight different classes and for the title of Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. The competition takes place at the America’s Center Convention Complex and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Drivers will be tested behind the wheel on a challenging driving course and other tests of their knowledge of safety and of the industry. The competition comes to a close on Aug. 15 with the crowing of the Grand Champion as well as with awards for drivers in every vehicle class and for the top state delegation.

“Safety is the trucking industry’s top priority and each year, the industry’s commitment to safety is displayed at the NTDCs,” said Duane Long, ATA chairman. “The competitors here are the safest drivers on the highway and an example for us all.”