Prime Inc. Drivers Shine at the 46th Annual Missouri Truck Driving Championships
Five drivers from Prime Inc. out of Springfield, MO were recently honored at the 46th Annual Missouri Truck Driving Championships. The event, held in June, took place at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Trade Center in Joplin, MO.
Sponsored by the Association’s Council of Safety Supervisors, a total of 161 drivers were evaluated on industry knowledge, first aid, safety, security, and required federal vehicle inspections.
According to the Missouri Trucking Association, participants also competed in a driving skills obstacle course that tested their ability to judge distance, maneuver tight spaces, park, properly position their vehicle, and much more.
“I am very proud of our driver’s performance and the professionalism displayed at the Missouri Truck Driving Championships. Due to their hard work and dedication, our results were fantastic with five total trophies, the Rookie of the Year award, and we even received first place in the Spouse Driving Competition,” said David White, Prime Safety Supervisor. “This was the first year the Truck Driving Championships had a spouse competition. Doreen Cook won the competition. We had 22 spouses (men and women) sign up and they drove a straight truck through the driving course.”
An awards banquet was held on Saturday night. Top winners in all nine classes of competition were honored. Major Dale Schmidt, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was the keynote speaker.
Jerome Lobo was named "Rookie of the Year" for his outstanding well-rounded performance as a first-time contestant. He also took first place in the Four Axle Class Truck Division.
Don Cook placed third in the Four Axle Class Truck Division. William “Bill” Stanford won first place in the Five Axle Van Class. In Flatbed Class, Duane Grimme was first place, and Thomas Miller placed third in the Tank Truck Class.
Lobo, Stanford, and Grimme will join the other class winners as the Missouri Championships Team competes against other teams in the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah on Aug. 21-24 to be named among the best professional drivers on the road.
“I'm looking forward to our three first place winners representing Prime and the state of Missouri,” White said. “I know they will all do well.”
Prime Inc. extends warm congratulations to all the drivers for their accomplishments.
Listing of Prime Award Winners
Four Axle Class
1st - Jerome Lobo, Springfield, MO - Prime, Inc., Springfield, MO
3rd - Donald Cook, Gobles, MI - Prime, Inc., Springfield, MO
Five Axle Van Class
1st - William Stanford, Kennesaw, GA - Prime, Inc., Springfield, MO
Tank Truck Class
3rd - Thomas Miller, Bunker Hill, IL - Prime, Inc., Springfield, MO
1st - Duane Grimme, Satsuma, FL - Prime, Inc., Springfield, MO