RITA President & TDC announcer Chris Maxwell discusses the competition with Providence Journal photographer Sandor Bodo, who covered the event. Click here to read the ProJo article about the competition.
FedEx Express' Lumpkin Takes Grand Championship at 2019 RITDC
FedEx Express' David Lumpkin of Ashaway took first place in the Straight Truck Class and earned Grand Champion Honors in the 2019 Rhode Island Truck Driving Championship. Kyle Smith of A. Duie Pyle earned honors as Rookie of the Year as the top points earner for a first-time participant.
The event took place Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the NETTTS Pawtucket campus. Twenty nine professional drivers, up from 2018's competing class of eighteen, from ten companies competed in six truck classes: Step-Van, Straight Truck, 3-Axle Tractor Trailer, 4-Axle T/T 5-Axle T/T and Twin Trailers. Drivers compiled points in three areas - written test; pre-inspection administered by the Rhode Island State Police Commercial Enforcement Unit; and driving skills - which contributed to a combined score. Participants must be accident-free and continuously employed by the same company for one year prior to the TDC to be eligible to compete.
Lumpkin had taken first place in his truck class in five prior Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships but this is his first Grand Championship.
Lumpkin and the 2019 winners of each truck class will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships August 14-17 in Pittsburgh, PA. RITA congratulates all drivers for participating.
Winners of the 2019 RI TDC were as follows:
Grand Champion: David Lumpkin, FedEx Express
Rookie of the Year: Kyle Smith, A. Duie Pyle
Step Van: Keith Towne, FedEx Express
Straight Truck: David Lumpkin, FedEx Express
3-Axle: Joe Hicks, XPO Logistics
4-Axle: Michael Richard, Frito Lay
5-Axle: William Burns, A. Duie Pyle
Twin Trailers: Steven Migneault, FedEx Freight
Highest Written: Karen Tierney, FedEx Express
Class of 2019 - Combined for 10 million safe, accident-free miles
First place winner of the 2019 RITDC 3-Axle Class, Joe Hicks of XPO Logistics. Joe was the RITDC Grand Champion in 2018 and in three prior years. He came in first in his truck class in the 2014, 2012 and 2010 RI TDC’s. Joe was also the 2010 National TDC Rookie of the Year.
Co-workers and friends of the competitors, in attendance to lend their support, watch on the sidelines.
First place winner of the 2019 RITDC Step Van Class, Keith Towne of FedEx Freight, receives his trophy from Tom Ausley & Chris Maxwell at the awards banquet after the competition.
2019 Rhode Island Truck Driving Championship Results
THE SKILLS COURSE: Judges finish measuring a competitor's result in one of the 2019 RITDC course challenges.
First place winner of the 2019 RITDC 5-Axle Class, William Burns of A. Duie Pyle.
PRE-INSPECTION: First Place Step Van Class Winner Keith Towne conducts his pre-inspection during the 2019 RITDC as judge Nick Sionni watches closely and keeps score.
WRITTEN TEST: FedEx Freight's Mohamed Karimi & other 2019 TDC competitors take their written test, the first phase of the truck driving championship.
First place winner of the 2019 RITDC Twin Trailers Class, Steven Migneault of FedEx Freight, receives his trophy from Tom Ausley & Chris Maxwell.
Highest written score and second place winner of the 2019 RITDC 5-Axle Class, Karen Tierney of FedEx Express. Karen was the RI TDC Grand Champion in 2013 and 2016. Additionally, she was first in her TDC Class in 2018, 2017, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001 and 1997.
First place winner of the 2019 RITDC 4-Axle Class, Michael Richard of Frito Lay.
2019 RITDC Grand Champion David Lumpkin, FedEx Express, poses with his work truck