August 29, 2000 Jacksonville, FL - Landstar business capacity owner (BCO) Kenny Cleaver of Couhranville, Pennsylvania outmaneuvered 11 others to earn the title of Landstar 2000 Regional Safe Truck Driving Champion. Sam Spicer earned second place and Ron Royal took third. The course, set up at a scale house in Perryville, Maryland, is the sixth of seven regional competitions being held this year nationwide. All regional winners will go on to compete in Landstar's National Safe Truck Driving Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, in October.
"The first year I entered, seems like I ran over everything," said Cleaver. "It was the same course, but this year it just felt better." This time around he scored 335 of 350 possible points - the highest score ever reached. "I'm used to big city driving, but with those course obstacles are pretty tight. There's not much room for error, even if you are used to tight places," said Cleaver, who already holds two of Landstar's top honors as a Landstar Roadstar and a 2 Million Mile Safe Driver. Cleaver has been a professional truck operator for 27 years and a Landstar BCO for 20 years.
Landstar Chairman, President and CEO, Jeff Crowe said Cleaver and his competitors exemplify Landstar's commitment to safety. "We're proud to be associated with professionals like Kenny, who practice safe driving practices every day," said Crowe. "We appreciate all the competitors and their safe approach to everything they do."
The championship obstacle course, part of Landstar's extensive safety program, tests precision driving skills, including right turns, alley docking, off-set alley lane changing, scale positioning, distance perception and straight line driving. The competition also includes a pre-trip inspection test. Drivers must also follow standard Landstar safety policy. Contestants can be disqualified for failure to wear a seatbelt or jumping out of the truck instead of following the three-point stance when exiting.
"Business capacity owners like Kenny are put to the test daily, under increasingly difficult travel conditions," said Crowe. "Their safe driving skills are a true testament to their professionalism and commitment to keeping our roads safe."
The term business capacity owner refers to a Landstar independent contractor who operates a small business and provides the equipment necessary to haul freight. Cleaver and Linda, his wife of 24 years, live in Cochranville, Pennsylvania.
The final regional competition is set for September 23, 2000 in Hamilton, Ontario. All regional winners are eligible to enter the national competition, which will be held in conjunction with Landstar Appreciation Days in Jacksonville, Florida, October 21st. National winners drive off with laptop computers and trophies.
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