Wisconsin Truck Driving Championships spotlight unique skill of professional truck drivers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (May 24, 2019) — Three professional drivers from Contract Transport Services (CTS), a trucking company headquartered in Green Bay, won awards May 18 at the Wisconsin Motor Carrier State Truck Driving Championships in the 5-Axle Division. One will be moving on to represent CTS and Wisconsin in August at the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The three drivers, Charles Cappelle of Green Bay, Frank Comeau of Green Bay, and Larry Lacenski of Pulaski, also combined scores to win the Overall Team Championship. Their scores were the highest among teams across all seven class divisions. Cappelle, the individual champion in the 5-Axle Division, is the CTS driver moving on to nationals.
“The skill a professional truck driver must possess is something not everyone can master,” said company president Curt Reitz. “These drivers work hard behind the wheel in their day-to-day careers, so to be able to have their skills showcased like this is special. We’re proud they represented our team so well in the competition and on the roadways.”
The championship was held at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. It emphasizes skill, knowledge, professionalism, and safe handling of commercial motor vehicles. It is designed to select all-around champions who are more than just good drivers. Competitors are scored on results of pre-trip inspections, a written exam, and a field test driving course. The driving course consists of backing to loading dock, right turn maneuvers, demonstrating lane control, offset alley driving, maneuvering truck on center of a scale plate, and controlled stopping distance.
In order to register and qualify for the competition, a driver must be accident free for 12 months prior and must be employed by the same carrier for at least 12 months. CTS drivers competed against individuals and teams from about 15 other companies, including XPO Logistics, FedEX Freight, Walmart, Old Dominion, Skinner Transfer, and YRC Freight.
To learn more about the Wisconsin Motor Carrier State Truck Driving Championships and CTS, please contact Curt Reitz at (920) 436-7910 ext. 1005 or email [email protected]
Contract Transport Services, established in 1985 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., is a leader in providing dedicated and Midwest regional transportation services to many Midwest Fortune 500 companies. In addition to our strong customer base, CTS is a local career partner for over 175 CDL Class A trucking professionals.