Professional truck Driver Kevin Asbury was named Grand Champion at the West Virginia Trucking Association's 58th annual Truck Driving Championship held last Saturday in Charleston.
Thirty-four professional truck drivers representing nine West Virginia-based freight companies participated in the competition.
Trucking Association president Jan Vineyard said the purpose of the championship is to give trucking professionals the opportunity to test their driving and safety skills against their peers.
"The competition mirrors what professional truck drivers must do day-in and day-out to maintain safety records unmatched by any other segment of the driving public," Vineyard said.
Asbury, a driver for FedEx Freight, took the top honor after competing in a variety of skill and safety tests.
Russell, Ky. resident James Vincent May, who drives for FedEx Freight out of its Kenova, terminal, was honored with the West Virginia Professional Driver of the Year Award. May has driven over 1.9 million miles in his 26-year career.
UPS Freight driver and Poca resident Clarence Jenkins, Jr. received the State Police Safety Award for the third time in his career. Jenkins has driven for 43 years and 4.3 million miles.
Ten drivers with FedEx Freight won several other awards during the competition.
FedEx Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Frederick Smith said the awards demonstrated the company's philosophy that safety is a fundamental priority.
"Our company is represented by professional drivers who not only strive daily to ensure shipments are delivered on time, but also that they remain safe on the road," Smith said. "The performance of these participants at the West Virginia state championship demonstrates the dedication to safety of our entire team."