ELYRIA, OH… Following four days of steep competition among the country’s top professional truck drivers at this year’s American Trucking Associations (ATA) National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC proudly honors Scott Woodrome, a Middletown, Ohio-based professional driver for FedEx Freight. Woodrome, who earned his second consecutive Grand Champion trophy, also won the Twins class national title.
This year’s NTDC was held Aug. 14-17 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bendix sponsored the Grand Champion Award, presented to the overall top driver, for the ninth consecutive year.
Woodrome, who has more than 1.8 million safe driving miles in his career, has worked in the trucking industry for 25 years, spending 13 years with FedEx Freight. His driving skills and knowledge of safety, equipment, and the industry earned him the top award over more than 420 other drivers.
Each year, the NTDC features professional truck drivers from across the United States, who qualify for the competition first by driving accident-free for one year and then by competing in nine classes of competition at company, state, and regional levels.
“All of us at Bendix congratulate Scott on his back-to-back NTDC Grand Champion achievement – what a remarkable accomplishment,” said Barbara Gould, director – corporate communications at Bendix. “Every one of the talented professionals who competed in this year’s championships deserves our praise and our thanks for their commitment to excellence. The NTDC deservedly highlights these outstanding drivers, the families who support them, and the essential role they play in helping to keep roadways safe for everybody.”
During this year’s competition at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, drivers demonstrated their expertise of safety, equipment, and the industry through a written exam, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test, and – crowd-pleasing, as always – navigating the skills-based driving competition course. Behind the wheel, drivers were scored on their abilities to handle a truck, judge distances, and maneuver through tight spaces. The course put competitors to the test by challenging their ability to drive, reverse, and park their vehicles with precision around obstacles, including barriers, scales, and curves.
Scott Woodrome, winner of the ATA 2019 National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion Award, sponsored by Bendix. (Photo provided by ATA.)