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15 ABF state driving champs to compete at nationals

ABF Freight System, Inc. is sending 15 championship drivers from 11 states to the 70th National Truck Driving Championships, August 21-25, 2007, in Minneapolis. Among them is Anthony Spero, the 2006 National Champion Flatbed Driver. Professional drivers earn the right to compete in the National Championships by winning state driving championships and by maintaining an accident-free driving record for the past year. ABF's state champions, including five repeat winners from 2006, are:

Richard Alford                       Kentucky              Three-Axle
Larry F. Burney *                  Wyoming               Tanker
David A. DeCarli                   California               Flatbed
Ralph Garcia *                       New Mexico         Flatbed
Paul D. Gattin                        Arkansas               Three-Axle
Kevin Scott Harris                 New York             Five-Axle
John Hazlett                           Pennsylvania          Three-Axle
Daniel R. Hiser                       Arkansas               Twins
Thomas Martin                       Wyoming               Twins
Gary L. Mason *                   Wyoming               Five-Axle
Nathan A. McCarty *            Wyoming               Three-Axle
Clinton L. Rast                       Nebraska              Twins
Anthony J. Spero *                Connecticut           Flatbed
James R. Tenbrink                 Michigan               Three-Axle
Lonnie P. Walker                   Mississippi             Four-Axle

(An asterisk [*] denotes repeat winners from 2006 state championships.)
Known informally as the "Super Bowl of Safety," the annual event is sponsored by the Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council of the American Trucking Associations to promote driving safety among the nation's three million professional truck drivers. The comprehensive competitions include written examinations, personal interviews, pre-trip inspection test and a driving test of braking, parking, backing and maneuvering skills.