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Provincial champs crowned across the west

Winners from the provincials will compete in the National Professional Truck Driving Championships, to be held Sept. 16-19 in Winnipeg. Here's a rundown of the provincial winners from across western C...


Winners from the provincials will compete in the National Professional Truck Driving Championships, to be held Sept. 16-19 in Winnipeg. Here’s a rundown of the provincial winners from across western Canada:

British Columbia

The Tradex Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. played host to the provincial championships on June 26. Winners included: Tony Gomez, Canadian Freightways, step-van; Hans Wettstein, Canadian Freightways, straight truck; Evan Hirst, Canadian Freightways, single-single; Dale Scott, Canadian Freightways, single-tandem; Dean Grant, Agrifoods International Co-op, tandem-tandem; and Adam Besse, Canadian Freightways, B-train.

The Team Award went to, you guessed it, Canadian Freightways. Agri-Foods’ Grant was named Grand Champion, Rob Thiele of Simard Westlink won Rookie of the Year and Gomez won the Safety Award.

Alberta

The Alberta ‘Roadeo’ was hosted at Westerner Park in Red Deer June 19 with several pros stamping their tickets to the nationals, including: Randy Smith, Canadian Freightways, step van; Keith Franklin, Canadian Freightways, straight truck; Darren Tychkowsky, FedEx Freight, single-single; Dale Fryklund, City of Calgary, single-tandem; Paul Mills, Canada Safeway, tandem-tandem; and Steven M. Calhoun, Canadian Freightways, B-train. Canada Safeway’s Mills won the Grand Champion award, Scott Gee of Sokil Express Lines was named Rookie of the Year and the Team Award went to Canadian Freightways Calgary.

Saskatchewan

Further east, Saskatchewan drivers went head to head June 5 at SLH Transport’s facilities. Winners there included: Gord Procyk, Jay’s Group of Companies, Super-B; Larry Radons, Reimer Express Lines, straight truck; Brian Weslowski, SLH Transport, single-single; Harvey Gording, Reimer Express Lines, single-tandem; and Dan Bururuz, Ridsdale Transport, tandem-tandem.

Manitoba

On June 30, Peterbilt Manitoba played host to the Manitoba version of the event. Winners included: Robert Archambault, Bison Transport, step van; John Klassen, WM Dyck and Sons, straight truck; Brian Hrabarchuk, Con-Way Freight Canada, single-single; Rob Trager, YRC Reimer, single-tandem; Howard McAfee, H&T Trucking, tandem-tandem; and Ken Wiebe, EBD Enterprises, Super-B. Con-Way won the Team Award, McAfee was named Grand Champion and David Bielski of Con-Way won the First Time Entrant award.


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