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AMERICA'S BEST TRUCKING PROFESSIONALS CONVERGE ON DENVER FOR THE 1993 NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 300 of America's best professional truck drivers -- each one a state champion -- will meet to decide the best of the best at the annual American Trucking Associations (ATA) National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 25-28 in Denver.
 "More than 6 million people hold commercial drivers' licenses, and thousands of the nation's top truck drivers compete in state and corporate driving championships every year -- so the professionals who will display their skills in Denver are truly the best of the best," said ATA President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue.
 Champions will be crowned in eight truck classes: straight truck, 3-axle, 4-axle and 5-axle semitrailers; 5-axle tank truck; 5-axle flatbed; twin trailer; and auto transporter. Of those eight, one driver will be chosen national grand champion and win a $10,000 U.S. savings bond.
 In the competition, entrants must maneuver their trucks through a course that simulates tough real-life driving situations, like backing into tight loading docks, negotiating sharp curves and parallel parking.
 In addition, drivers face a personal interview, which highlights professionalism and knowledge of the trucking industry and a comprehensive written examination, which tests in-depth knowledge of their vehicles and safety regulations. Drivers are also tested on vehicle inspection procedures and their ability to detect planted defects.
 To qualify for the national championships, drivers must win a state or corporate truck driving championship and maintain an accident-free driving record for a year prior to the competition.
 Competitors must be professional truck drivers who have worked for the same employer for the previous year, hold a commercial drivers' license and meet U.S. Department of Transportation physical requirements.
 Sponsored by the ATA Safety Management Council, an organization of more than 1,200 truck fleet safety professionals, the event has been held every year since 1937, except during World War II.
 In addition to the driving championships, this year's event will feature the first annual competition among commercial motor vehicle safety inspectors from across North America -- "Challenge '93," sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.
 "Challenge '93" contestants -- one for each state, territory, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canadian provinces and Mexican states -- will be tested on commercial vehicle knowledge and their ability to find defects planted on test vehicles and errors in driver records.
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 /CONTACT: John Doyle of the American Trucking Associations, 703-838-1912/


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