Scott Woodrome, a FedEx Freight driver with 25 years in the industry, was named Bendix Grand Champion of the American Trucking Associations' 2019 National Truck Driving Championships, his second consecutive win.
Woodrome is a longtime competitor truck driving championships and has more than 1.8 million lifetime safe driving miles. This year he competed in the Twins division. He previously took home the 2018 Grand Champion Award for his performance in the tanker class. He also has a win in the 2017 National Champion Award in the Tanker class and six Ohio state championships.
“Congratulations to Scott and his great team at FedEx Freight, as well as the entire Ohio trucking industry, for repeating as this year’s Bendix Grand Champion Award winner,” said Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations president and CEO. “It’s a true reflection of Scott’s commitment to safety and the trucking industry as a whole that he was able to take home top honors again this year.”
ATA also recognized John Sanderson as the 2019 Rookie of the Year. Sanderson claimed the title after an outstanding performance in the 3-axle division. Rookie drivers must be first-time competitors at the state level who advanced to nationals. This year, there were 32 rookies competing at the National Truck Driving Championships. Sanderson was the only rookie who advanced to the championship round of competition.
In addition to the individual awards, the team of drivers from Pennsylvania are took home the Team Championship. Pennsylvania hosted the competition and had three drivers advance to the championship round of competition. The state of North Carolina took home second place honors, with Virginia coming in third place.
In the written portion of the competition, nine drivers achieved perfect scores, receiving the Highest Written Exam Award. The nine drivers were: Paul Brandon, Miguel Corral, Ina Daly, Brent Glasenapp, Julie Hjelle, Barry Kraemer, Jottyn Santos, Jimmie Wisley, and overall winner Scott Woodrome.
Correction: The original photo posted with this article did not show Scott Woodrome, but a different winner. We apologize for the error.