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IN PLAIN SIGHT


Montana’s Elite State’s best drivers square off at annual Truck Driving Championship


BY RW STAFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY DRU PAUL


Great weather, great location, great


volunteers and great professional drivers— what does that lead up to? One of the best Truck Driving Championships Montana has ever seen. The Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds


in Helena was the site of the annual Montana Truck Driving Championships. Thanks to all the contestants, volunteers, sponsors and their spouses, this year’s event was a huge success. Not only did we have 45 contestants in the competition, but we also had our first ever Powder Puff Competition which was open to women who did not possess a CDL. Casey Dubbs was named the Montana


Grand Champion for his safe driving knowledge and skill behind the wheel of a big rig. He will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations National Driver of the Year competition in August. Dubbs, a professional truck driver for YRC


Freight in Billings, Montana, was crowned the Grand Champion of the 2012 Montana Truck Driving Championships. He was the top- scoring competitor in the contest that took place on June 16. Dubbs, who competed in the Three-Axle


division, bested all others in three elements of the competition: written test, driving skills course and a pre-trip inspection where the drivers must identify planted safety defects on a tractor-trailer. A 28-year career driver, 25 of which are


accident-free, he says that being a truck driver is all he ever wanted to do. Dubbs has three children Ashley, Austin and Kari. He and the other first-place class


champions will compete in the 2012 National Truck Driving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. August 7-11, 2012.


FLATBED 1ST PLACE Dave MooreWatkins & Shepard Trucking, Inc.


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4 AXLE 1ST PLACE RichGrayson FedEx Freight, Inc.


ATA Road Team Captain BrooksWashburn


3 AXLE 1ST PLACE Casey Dubbs YRC Freight, Inc.


5 AXLE 1ST PLACE Charles McGregor Watkins & Shepard Trucking, Inc.


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