Approximately 116 professional truck drivers participated in the event. All drivers were tested in four areas; pre-trip vehicle inspection, written exam, personal interview and driving skills. There were eight classes of competition: 3 axle van, 4 axle van, 5 axle van, 5 axle flatbed, tank, twin trailers, straight truck, and sleeper berth.
To participate in the event the driver must have an accident free record 12 months prior to the event, have been employed by the same company for one year prior, and been actively performing the duties of a professional truck driver for 12 months prior to the event. The drivers must also possess an outstanding attitude and have illustrated a commitment and dedication to safety.
Hy-Vee drivers who participated are: Jim Baker, Tanner Chester, Dominic Condra, Tom Goddard, and Bobby Petty all from the Hy-Vee distribution center in Chariton; and Andy Britt, Chris Johnson, and Dennis Kent from the Hy-Vee distribution center in Cherokee.
Tom Goddard was the only Hy-Vee driver to place in the top three, placing third in the 5 axle flatbed division.
The truck driving championships are sponsored by the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Iowa Council of Safety Management.
This is the only competition that is held for professional truck drivers and the caliber of participants if outstanding.
The Iowa Motor Truck Association is a trade association located in Des Moines and represents the interest of the trucking industry in Iowa. The trucking industry is very important to the state of Iowa and the foundation of the industry is the professional truck driver.