PRIME Inc., headquartered in Springfield, MO, had two drivers take home first place trophies and another win a second place trophy at the Missouri Motor Carriers Association’s (MMCA) State Truck Driving Championships over the weekend (June 4 & 5) held in Joplin, MO. Charlie Hibbard (9 yrs. with PRIME) came away with first place in the Flatbed Class. Don Sexton (7yrs. with PRIME) also snagged a first place trophy by winning the Five Axle Van Class. The second place Five Axle Sleeper Berth Class went to Duane Grimme (12 yrs. with Wil-Trans/PRIME). Charlie Hibbard and Don Sexton will be representing the State of Missouri at the National Truck Driving Championship in August 18 – 21, 2004, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jim Austin, PRIME Inc.’s CDL Programs Manager, was proud of the PRIME drivers’ accomplishments over the weekend. “Drivers who are serious about involving themselves in Truck Driving Championships at this level, do so out of a sense of professionalism and pride in what they do. We couldn’t ask for a better group of professional drivers that are dedicated to show how proud they are of themselves, their industry and of their association with PRIME. I am honored to be allowed the opportunity to associate myself with such professionals,” stated Jim Austin.
The skills tests at the MMCA Truck Driving Championships were broken up into the nine following classes:
§ Straight Truck
- § 3 – axle
- § 4 – axle
- § 5 – axle
§ Tank Truck
§ Flatbed Truck
- § 5 – axle sleeper & auto transporter
There were 165 total drivers from all over Missouri that competed this year. PRIME entered 11 driving professionals into four classes. The competing drivers had to be accident free throughout all of last year in order to qualify. Drivers were judged (by law enforcers) on appearance, industry knowledge and attitude. This competition is not a race but a closed course of precision driving measured by inches. The truck driving championships have been going on for 50 years.
Posted on June 9, 2004
by Jordan Winn