Maumelle’s Loren Hatfield was among the three professional truck drivers from central Arkansas who have qualified to compete for national titles after taking top prizes at the 2023 Arkansas Trucking Championship.
The three are:
Hatfield of ABF Freight, Grand Champion and 4 Axle Class Winner:
Chaunce Umfleet, Lonoke of FedEx Express, 3 Axle:
Jessie King, Little Rock of FedEx Freight, Straight Truck:
Hatfield, below, claimed the Grand Champion title after finishing first in the 4-axle division at the 2023 Arkansas Truck Driving Championship competition held June 23-24 at the Rogers Convention Center.
The event is hosted by the Arkansas Trucking Association.
Hatfield was among 152 drivers to compete in three tests of skill: pre-trip inspection, written examination and driving skills. He also garnered the highest pre-trip inspection score.
He’s no stranger to the Arkansas Trucking Championship winner’s circle. This was his 17th time competing and ninth time to qualify for the national competition. It was his second Arkansas Grand Champion win, having previously garnered the title in 2013 when he competed in the tank division.
Over his 30-year career as a professional truck driver, he has accrued more than two million safe-driving miles with ABF Freight. He lives in Maumelle with his wife, Tammy. In his free time, Hatfield enjoys boating and riding ATVs.
Hatfield will be one of nine truck drivers representing Arkansas at the National Truck Driving Championships, Aug. 16-19 in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by the American Trucking Associations, the national competition showcases the safest and most professional truck drivers who work every day on our nation’s highways.
“Collectively, the drivers at the 2023 Arkansas Trucking Championship accounted for more than 241 million safe-driving miles,” said Shannon Newton, president, Arkansas Trucking Association. “Every single man and woman who qualified to compete should be congratulated for their commitment to safety, professionalism and serving our communities.”
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