The National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) is a competition of professional truck drivers hosted each year by the American Trucking Association. It has a long history, dating almost back to New Penn's founding in 1931. NTDC began in 1937 when it was known as the National Truck Roadeo.

NTDC New Penn Driver Participants

The NTDC and affiliated state TDCs are considered one of the industry’s largest and most effective safety programs. Known to many as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” these annual competitions are a great incentive for professional truck drivers to operate safely because they must be accident-free for at least one year to earn the opportunity to compete. Many of the competitors have millions of accident-free driving miles to their credit.

Year
Driver
Class
State
2016
Rick Gagnon
4-Axle
RI
2015
Rick Gagnon
5-Axle
RI
2015
Mathew Ketcham
Sleeper
VT
2014
Rick Gagnon
5-Axle
RI
2013
Rick Gagnon
Straight
RI
2012
Rich Walton
3-Axle
PA
2012
Mark Ditomasso
4-Axle
RI
2010
Will Chrvala
4-Axle
PA
2010
Rick Gagnon
5-Axle
RI
2010
Rich Walton
Twins
PA
2009
Will Chrvala
4-Axle
PA
2009
Rich Walton
Twins
PA
2009
Rick Gagnon
5-Axle
RI
2009
Marc DiTomasso
4-Axle
RI

During the yearly TDC and NTDC competitions, each driver has a chance to demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests. Drivers undergo a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test and finally, the most visible – the skills test.

Professional drivers will tell you they are drawn to the Championships by the spirit of competition and by the prestige of being named the best of the best. In addition to First, Second and Third Place titles, drivers vie for the Professional Excellence Award, the Vehicle Condition Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the ultimate designation – The Grand Champion award.

New Penn is proud of our drivers who win at their state TDCs and reach NTDC, and to send them to the national competition as examples of the focus New Penn puts on safe driving and professionalism.