Release Date: 01 October 2006
Release ID: 934
Roadway, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), is proud to announce that Roadway driver Randy DeVault has been named national champion in the straight truck class at the 2006 National Truck Driving Championships held August 15-19 in New Orleans, LA. Jesse Holt, a linehaul driver from Chattanooga, TN, captured second place in the flatbed class.
A Roadway employee for 17 years, DeVault is a driver account specialist at the Roadway service center in Augusta, ME. He has been a state competitor since 1990 and has competed in the national event nine times. In addition, DeVault is a certified trainer in the safe handling of hazardous materials and the nationally recognized Smith System® for defensive driving techniques. DeVault, who has driven over one million accident-free miles, is coordinator of his district's Road Team, a group of Roadway employees who present safety messages to the media, community organizations and schools.
"We are proud of all of our drivers that participated in the national competition this year, especially Randy DeVault and Jesse Holt for their top placements," said Mike Smid, President and CEO of Roadway. "The drivers on the national competition team demonstrate their dedication to professionalism and driving skill not only in competition but on the job every day, and we honor them as leaders in our industry."
To compete in the national competition, each driver achieved first-place honors in state-level truck driving championships. The competitions include challenging driving skills, maneuvering tests, pretrip inspections and a written examination covering vehicle operation and federal safety regulations. The Roadway state champions represent the best of the best, including 19 previous winners and three grand champions.
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