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Team Ontario driver, team take top spots at national driving championship

MONCTON, N.B. -- Home Hardware driver Shawn Matheson has been named Grand Champion at the 2012 National Professional Truck Driving Championships. Representing Team Ontario, Matheson joined 33 of Canada’s top truckers from across the...


MONCTON, N.B. — Home Hardware driver Shawn Matheson has been named Grand Champion at the 2012 National Professional Truck Driving Championships. Representing Team Ontario, Matheson joined 33 of Canada’s top truckers from across the country at the annual event, held this year in Moncton, N.B.

Team Ontario also took home the team award. Joining Matheson on the team were Joseph Kuntz (Home Hardware), Wayne Burnett (Home Hardware), Jeffrey MacLean (SLH Transport), and Brian Heyworth (SLH Transport). Kuntz, MacLean, and Matheson took top spot in the 2 Axle, 4 Axle, and 5 Axle categories, respectively. Burnett took second place in the 3 Axle category.

Rookie of the Year went to Team Quebec’s Marc Léger of Robert Transport having taken first place in the 3 Axle category. Team Manitoba’s Ken Wiebe of EBD Enterprises claimed top prize in the B-Train category.

The top three finishers in each of the categories are as follows:

2 Axle
1st place: Joseph Kuntz, Home Hardware (Team Ontario)
2nd place: Keith Franklin, Canadian Freightways (Team Alberta)
3rd place: Danny Maltais, Sim-Tran (Team Quebec)

3 Axle
1st place: Marc Léger, Transport Robert (Team Quebec)
2nd place: Wayne Burnett, Home Hardware (Team Ontario)
3rd place: Calvin Briggs, Grimshaw Trucking (Team Alberta)

4 Axle
1st place: Jeffery MacLean, SLH Transport Inc. (Team Ontario)
2nd place: Louis Gauthier, Groupe Jean Coutu (Team Quebec)
3rd place: Steve MacPhee, Day & Ross Transportation Group (Team Atlantic)

5 Axle
1st place: Shawn Matheson, Home Hardware (Team Ontario)
2nd place: Paul Mills, Canada Safeway (Team Alberta)
3rd place: Steve Schwenker, Q-Line Trucking (Team Saskatchewan)

B-Train
1st place: Ken Wiebe, EBD Enterprises (Team Manitoba)
2nd place: Adam Besse, Canadian Freightways (Team British Columbia)
3rd place: Shawn Pieschke, TDL Group (Team Atlantic)


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