19 ABF State Driving Champions to Compete in National Truck Driving Championships
FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug. 4 /EMWPresswire/ -- ABF Freight System, Inc.(R), is sending 19 championship drivers from 10 states to the 71th National Truck Driving Championships, August 19-23, 2008, in Houston, Texas. Professional drivers earn the right to compete in the National Championships by winning state driving championships and by maintaining an accident-free driving record for the past year. Among the competitors representing ABF are seven repeat winners from 2007, including five former national champion drivers and four 2008 state driving grand champions. The former national champion drivers are:
John Hazlett* Pennsylvania Three Axle 1994, 2000 and 2007 National Champion Kevin Scott Harris* New York Five Axle 2007 National Champion Anthony Spero* Connecticut Tanker 2006 National Champion Joe Obregon Georgia Four Axle 2001 National Champion Rosey Jarzenski# Ohio Straight Truck 1995 National Champion Joining the former national champions representing ABF are: Garry Holliman# Arkansas Three Axle Richard Camarda# California Five Axle Tim McElwaney Georgia Straight Truck Clinton Rast* Nebraska Twins Gerald Benavidez New Mexico Tanker Charlie Estrada New Mexico Three axle Ralph Garcia* New Mexico Flatbed Bill Sanchez New Mexico Four-axle Kirk Weis New Mexico Straight Truck Lee Mengel Pennsylvania Flatbed Larry Burney* Wyoming Flatbed A.J. Kelly Wyoming Twins Gary Mason*# Wyoming Three Axle Andrew Walston Wyoming Four Axle A pound sign (#) denotes state grand champions. An asterisk (*) denotes repeat winners from 2007. "Continuous pursuit of excellence, as seen in the accomplishments of these drivers, is part of ABF's corporate culture," said Jim McFarlin, ABF safety and security director. "This year, we are particularly proud to send five former national champion drivers to represent ABF in this prestigious event. The commitment and leadership of such outstanding employees help ABF bring unmatched supply-chain solutions to our customers." Known informally as the "Super Bowl of Safety," the annual event is sponsored by the Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council of the American Trucking Associations to promote driving safety among the nation's three million professional truck drivers. Competitive divisions include straight truck, three-axle, four-axle, five-axle, tank truck, flatbed, five-axle sleeper, twins or auto transporter. The comprehensive competitions include written examinations, personal interviews, pre-trip inspections and demonstrations of braking, parking, backing and maneuvering skills. Established in 1923, ABF(R) is best-in-class for safety, security, technology and freight-handling. InformationWeek, CIO, InfoWorld, and BtoB magazines have cited ABF's strategic use of information technology as exemplary. ABF is a five-time winner of the American Trucking Associations President's Trophy for Safety and the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award. ABF is the only carrier to earn both the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award and the Excellence in Security Award in the same year, which ABF accomplished twice. ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments via its TimeKeeper(R) service. Regional shipments are handled via the carrier's RPM(R) Network, providing next-day and second-day shipping. The ABF system stretches throughout North America, with local service centers serving all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries.
ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS). Contact: Mr. Danny Loe, director of marketing & public relations Telephone: (479) 785-8803 Websites: http://www.abf.com http://www.TimeKeeper.com http://www.FreightValue.com http://www.upack.com
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