California Professional Truck Driving Championships

Driver Recognition Program

The California Professional Truck Driving Championships are organized to recognize and promote safe driving and professionalism in the transportation industry. This competitive event is designed to give drivers a chance to test their job skills under standardized conditions using vehicles that are the tools of their trade.  Truck driving championships afford a safe, accurate check of the driver's ability to handle his/her unit in close quarters.

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Two regional competitions are held within the state - North and South. The winners from each class of competition, from each region, come together to compete in the State Finals Competition.

The state finals winners will compete with other states’ winners at the National Truck Driving Championships. The National Truck Driving Championships are held by ATA in various cities throughout the nation. This year's competition will be held August 15 - 18, 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Southern Regional:
April 21, 2018
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Avenue
​Fontana, CA

Northern Regional:
May 19, 2018
FedEx Freight
4075 Channel Drive
West Sacramento, CA

State Finals:
May 20, 2018
FedEx Freight
4075 Channel Drive
West Sacramento, CA

2018 California Champions

Grand Champ

Grand Champion Award Recipient
Hobie Eirich, FedEx Freight, Anaheim

Photo (left to right) - CTA 1st Vice President Joe Giammona of JSG Trucking, Grand Champ Hobie Eirich, Rodney Farley, State Finals Chair of Griley Air Freight

3 Axle

3 Axle Division Winners
Left to right: 2nd Place Nazario Chavarria, UPS; 1st Place Alfonso Saavedra, XPO Logistics; Daniel Nguyen, XPO Logistics

4 Axle

4 Axle Division Winners
Left to Right: 3rd Place David Marquez, FedEx Freight; 1st Place Hobie Eirich, FedEx Freight; 2nd Place Juan Diaz, FedEx Freight

5 Axle

5 Axle Division Winners
Left to Right:  3rd Place Crystal Ibarra, Hub Group; 1st Place Dawn Kerr, FedEx Express; 2nd Place Dan Bagwell, Safeway


Flatbed Division Winners
Left to Right:  3rd Place Sebastian Mora, Williams Tank Lines; 1st Place Johnny Pearson, Golden State Foods; 3rd Place Mark Livingston, YRC Freight


Package Van Division Winners
Left to Right:  3rd Place David Arreguin, FedEx Ground; 1st Place Oscar Enciso FedEx Ground; 2nd Place William Escobar, FedEx Ground


Sleeper Division Winners
Left to Right: 2nd Place Rob Kressley, Walmart; 1st Place Paul Kershaw, Walmart; 3rd Place Bulmaro Cervantez, JB Hunt


Straight Truck Division Winners
Left to Right: 3rd Place Gilbert Recio, FedEx Freight; 1st Place Gary Cordova, FedEx Freight; 2nd Place Jose Medina Ayala, Walmart


Tanker Division Winners
Left to Right: 3rd Place Edward Hernandez, Plastic Express; 1st Place Gary Martin, FedEx Ground; 2nd Place Blaine Speer, Walmart

Twins Division

Twins Division Winners
Left to Right: 3rd Place Lance Jackson, FedEx Freight; 1st Place Jon Stafford, FedEx Freight; 2nd Place Kito Amaya, FedEx Freight

The CTA Truck Driving Championship Committee organizes this yearly event. A dedicated group of volunteers participate on the Committee and, along with more volunteers, facilitate and judge this annual competition. If you are interested on the Truck Driving Championships committee, please contact Jude Palank at or (916) 373-3505.

For more information about the Truck Driving Championships, please contact the Events Department at (916) 373-3505.