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Elliston wins truck driving title

Elliston wins truck driving title

Steve Elliston, of Sparta, was named the champion truck driver in the nation in the 5-axle category at the National Truck Driving Championships last weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

Elliston, who drives for Wal-Mart Transportation, qualified for the competition a few weeks ago when he was named the best professional truck driver in Michigan, after winning the five-axle competition and receiving the highest overall score in the eight competing categories at the 2010 Michigan Truck Driving Championships.

The national competition, heralded as the “Superbowl of Safety,” fielded 416 contestants. The contestants were the state champions in nine truck types from all 50 states. Collectively, they have driven 581,001,783 accident-free miles.

“The National Truck Driving Championships showcase the industry’s commitment to safety,” said ATA President & CEO Bill Graves. “I applaud all the competitors for their efforts in making our highways safe.”

Carl Krites, a Con-way Freight professional truck driver based in Wapakoneta, Ohio was named the 2010 National Truck Driving Grand Champion. The only other national winner from Michigan was Ray Barlow, of Niles, who also drives for Wal-Mart Transportation.

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