Anchorage Lynden Transport Driver Doug Longerbone’s first-place finish at the Alaska Truck driving competition earned him a spot at the national competition this summer in Columbus, OH. Doug placed ninth overall in the 5-axle category. He is pictured above at the award dinner on Aug. 18.
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Congratulations are in order for many Lynden drivers who competed in truck driving competitions in Alaska and Washington this spring. At the Alaska Trucking Association’s (ATA) annual truck rodeo in Anchorage, Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose was named overall champion for the second year followed by Eddie Tuia in second place. Eddie also took first place for Alaska West Express in the 5-axle van category with Doug Longerbone of Lynden Transport taking second place.
Other first-place finishers included Jack Sorensen in the Tanker and Brian in the Sleeper Divisions. Al Guettinger and John Schank took first and second places respectively in the Old Geezer category. John was also named 2017 Alaska Driver of the Year for the second time. Other Lynden drivers competing were: Randy Estrada, Lynden Transport, third in the flatbed category; James Elliott, Alaska West Express, tenth in the 5-axle; Greg Sims, Lynden Transport, eleventh in the 5-axle; Tanner Heisler, Lynden Transport, fifth in the 4-axle; Ray Sorenson, Lynden Transport, fifth in the 3-axle and Clayton Bonty, Lynden Transport, sixth in the flatbed division. Dan Jenkins of Lynden Transport competed in the Washington competition, placing fourth in the flatbed class.
"We are always proud of the drivers who come out to represent the Lynden companies," says Richard Hennagin, Lynden Transport Safety Supervisor. "They are up against the best in the business, which makes their top place finishes even more impressive."
Lynden drivers were behind the wheel at the Alaska Trucking Association’s (ATA) 14th Annual Truck Driving Championships May 11 in Anchorage. Professional drivers must complete a written exam, a pre-trip inspection and an obstacle course as part of the rigorous competition.
Lynden Transport driver Jack Sorensen took second place in the 5-axle Day Cab division and driver Tom Martin placed second in the Flatbed class. Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express also competed as did Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen. Jim was part of a team called the “Desk Bound Geezers” made up of Wilbur O’Brien of Alaska Freight Lines, John McDonald of Carlile and Richard Assay of Assay Trucking. Wilbur took first place, Jim second and John and Richard, third and fourth, respectively. “Wilbur is one of the original Alcan drivers who drove for Alaska Freight Lines,” Jim says. “He drives Old No. 27 around Alaska for us, plus other projects for Lynden. He is an honorary Lynden employee and a great friend to us."
Above photo: Tom Martin (at right) and Jack Sorenson (far right) accepting their awards.
Top right: Jim Jansen (second from left) accepting his award with the 'Deskbound Geezers' team. Wilbur is third from the left.
Lynden Transport and Alaska West Express drivers took the top three spots in the Alaska Trucking Association’s 13th Annual Truck Driving Championship in Anchorage in May of this year. Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose earned first place overall followed by Steve Daugherty and Russ Cox of Lynden Transport. All three drivers are eligible to compete in the national competition in Minneapolis.
“We cleaned up,” says Richard Hennigan, Lynden Transport Health and Safety Supervisor. “We are proud of all 11 Lynden drivers who participated.” Drivers are required to complete an obstacle course, a written exam and perform a pre-trip inspection as part of the competition. In addition to taking the top three overall trophies, drivers placed in the following categories: Brian, first place, sleeper truck; Russ, first place, and Brian Aszmus (Lynden Transport) third place, 5-axle van; Steve, first place, 3-axle; and Jack Sorensen (Lynden Transport), second place, flatbed.
“I was on my game this year,” Brian says of his win. “I did better on the driving course than I ever have.” With 12 years of driving in Alaska and a previous trip to nationals in 2010, he says he knows what to expect in August. “It’s a huge step up from the state competition. I will be studying and practicing to prepare between now and then. I set a very high standard for myself.”
In addition to Brian’s first-place finish, one of the highlights of the day was Alaska West Express Driver Kenny Seipel winning the Old Geezer Award in Lynden’s original tractor-trailer Old No. 27. “He strong-armed the old girl to 180 points which was amazing,” says Scott Hicks, Vice President of Operations at Alaska West Express. “We have phenomenal drivers. The Lynden companies definitely have bragging rights this year.”
Pictured above (from left) with Old No. 27: Kenny Seipel, Jim Jansen, Brian Ambrose, Jack Sorensen, Russ Cox and Steve Daugherty
Lynden drivers ruled the road at the May 21 Alaska Truck Driving Championships in Anchorage. Competitors were required to complete a written exam, a pre-trip inspection and an obstacle course. Tom Martin of Lynden Transport took first place in the Day Cab division and placed third overall, and Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express took first in the Sleeper Berth category and finished second overall. Other top drivers were Lynden Transport’s Don Harrison who placed third in the Day Cab division and Jered Post, taking third in the 3-axle category.
Brian and Tom are now preparing to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships August 3-7 in Columbus, OH. Brian has driven for both Lynden Transport and Alaska West Express over the years, and he says he’s always been conscientious behind the wheel. “You have to be on your game every day. You can’t afford to have a bad day,” he explains. “I take pride in doing a good job, and although the competition will be tough in Ohio, I think I can handle it,” he predicts.
Tom is a 16-year Lynden Transport veteran. “I’ve always been competitive, and I enjoy testing my skills,” he says. This was his third year participating in Anchorage, and he said he’s excited about competing on a national level.
We will keep fans of the Lynden Facebook page updated with the results of the competition. Good luck, Brian and Tom!