SOURCE: Con-way Freight

July 31, 2008 09:42 ET

Con-way Freight Sends a Record 68 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

Company's Highest Number of State Winners Ever Will Compete for National Titles

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - Con-way Freight will send more drivers than ever before to American Trucking Associations (ATA)-sponsored National Truck Driving Championships in August. This year, 983 U.S. Con-way Freight drivers participated in state qualifying competitions. A total of 68 of the company's drivers representing 34 U.S. states came in first place and will compete at the event set for Aug. 19-23 in Houston. Drivers are invited to Nationals after winning their equipment classes during state competitions. Con-way Freight is a less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW).

The national competition tests drivers on their skills and knowledge of safe driving practices through interviews, written examinations, equipment safety inspection testing and formal driving tests. Since the championships began, 11 Con-way Freight drivers have been named National Champion in their equipment classes, including Dale Duncan of Chula Vista, Calif., who won the National Grand Champion overall title in 2006. In 2007, two company drivers earned National Champion honors -- Duncan and Dennis Day of Georgia.

"Con-way Freight's driver sales representatives are front-line professionals whose outstanding skills, safety records and focus on customer service are a tremendous asset to our company and our industry," said John G. Labrie, president, Con-way Freight. "Their extraordinary success in the state truck driving championships continues to validate an unwavering dedication to their craft. I wish them the best of luck at Nationals."

Con-way Freight U.S. competition highlights:

--  983 drivers participated in 48 state-level competitions
--  68 were named state champions in 34 states, the most in Con-way
    Freight's 25-year history
--  61 won second place and 68 third place
--  Eight were awarded state Grand Champion titles for highest point total
    in their state's competition
--  Four state teams took home trophies for top-performing collective
    performances in Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts and New Jersey

The National Champion in each equipment class is awarded a check for $1,000, a plaque and a gold belt buckle from ATA. Additionally, the organization honors the event's Grand Champion with a plaque and a commemorative diamond ring, along with industry-wide recognition as "The Best Truck Driver in America."

Since 1999, Con-way Freight has recognized each of its National Champions with a new Ford F-150 pickup truck, as well as the use of a customized commercial tractor displaying the driver's name and championship title. Con-way Freight also awards any of its drivers named Grand Champion a $7,500 prize.

Additionally, in Canada, 36 Con-way Freight drivers representing eight provinces participated in province-level events. Con-way Freight driver Brian Hrabarchuk won first place in the 3-Axle division at the Manitoba Truck Driving Championship in June. The final provincial competition, for Quebec's drivers, is set to take place Aug. 16. Canada's first place winners will move on to compete in the National Professional Truck Driving Championships Sept. 11-13 in Ottawa. Between the United States and Canada, a total of 1,019 drivers participated in competitions.

The following U.S. Con-way Freight drivers will represent the company at the Nationals in Houston in August:

Name                    Class                   City               State
Calvin Crutchfield      Twins                   Little Rock        AR
Neil Templeton          Tankers                 Jonesboro          AR
Kurt Pedersen           4-Axle                  Phoenix            AZ
Bob Gromley             5-Axle Flatbed          Tucson             AZ
Abel Hernandez          Twins                   Fresno             CA
Lyle Eaton              Twins                   Loveland           CO
Ernie Budlowski         3-Axle                  Bridgeport         CT
Jonathan Churchwell     3-Axle                  Rome               GA
Lynn Palmer             3-Axle                  Cedar Rapids       IA
Kevin Garlick           Twins                   Des Moines         IA
Tracy English           5-Axle Sleeper          Boise              ID
Michael Grogan          5-Axle                  Boise              ID
Jeffrey Halford         4-Axle                  Boise              ID
Josh Jetton             Straight Truck          Boise              ID
Edwin Miranda           Tankers                 Boise              ID
Kerry Eilers            Tankers                 La Salle           IL
Dennis Rafferty         3-Axle                  Rockford           IL
Steve Gordon            5-Axle                  Indianapolis       IN
Joe Trifiletti          4-Axle                  Wichita            KS
Barry Bryant            3-Axle                  Campbellsville     KY
Lawrence Schilmiller    Twins                   Louisville         KY
Marco Becerra           Straight Truck          New Orleans        LA
Gerald Dube             3-Axle                  Worcester          MA
Eugene Leary            Twins                   Springfield        MA
Richard Sweeney         5-Axle Flatbed          Springfield        MA
Otho Kretzer            5-Axle Sleeper          Hagerstown         MD
Keith Colston           5-Axle Sleeper          Detroit            MI
Richard Hargis          5-Axle Flatbed          Detroit            MI
Jimmy Reed              3-Axle                  Tupelo             MS
Peter Habbe             3-Axle                  Missoula           MT
Mark Church             3-Axle                  Winston-Salem      NC
Daniel Bartelson        5-Axle                  Fargo              ND
Robert Fiest            3-Axle                  Bismarck           ND
Steve Johnson           5-Axle Sleeper          Fargo              ND
Brad Morrow             4-Axle                  Fargo              ND
Jon Simonson            Twins                   Fargo              ND
Bryan Wold              Tankers                 Fargo              ND
Sam Wilson              4-Axle                  Grand Island       NE
Ron White               3-Axle                  Manchester         NH**
Richard Stanton         Twins                   Carlstadt          NJ
Wilbert Vano            5-Axle                  Newark             NJ
Steve Bardsley          Twins                   Reno               NV
Brian Becker            Tankers                 Reno               NV
Brandon Hardy           5-Axle Flatbed          Las Vegas          NV
David May               Straight Truck          Buffalo            NY
Gerry Thompson          3-Axle                  Buffalo            NY
Terry Russell           Twins                   Tulsa              OK
Robert Dolan            Straight Truck          Allentown          PA
Dale Knox               Tankers                 Erie               PA
John Libucha            Twins                   Providence         RI
Mike Pace               5-Axle                  Providence         RI
Selvin Ramirez          3-Axle                  Providence         RI
Chris Ezekiel           5-Axle Flatbed          Florence           SC
Sam Aker                5-Axle Flatbed          Memphis            TN*
Terry Certain           3-Axle                  Nashville          TN
John Kelsay             Straight Truck          Memphis            TN*
Ronald Phillips         Straight Truck          Tri Cities         TN
Thomas Dale Williams    5-Axle Sleeper          Knoxville          TN
Matthew Adams           Straight Truck          Salt Lake City     UT
Robbie Cottrell         3-Axle                  Roanoke            VA
Robert French           Tankers                 Wytheville         VA
Pete Nuckols            Straight Truck          Wytheville         VA
Michael Stickley        4-Axle                  Winchester         VA
Dave McGranaghan        Tankers                 Burlington         VT
Steve Slack             Twins                   St. Johnsbury      VT
Jeff Langenhahn         Twins                   Stevens Point      WI
Tim Bailey              Straight Truck          Charleston         WV
Kenneth Grimmett        5-Axle Flatbed          Charleston         WV

 * Competed in Mississippi
** Competed in Vermont

About Con-way Freight

Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service through a single, unified network of more than 400 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight offers LTL freight delivery across North America, as well as delivery in the United States for international less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed(SM) service. Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is ISO 9001- and 14001-, C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.

Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.7 billion freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit

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