From left, Eddie Tuia of Alaska West Express, Tevita Toetu, Jack Sorensen and Mike Gaiser of Lynden Transport, Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express, Jim Jansen and James Elliott of Alaska West Express.
Lynden drivers ruled the road at the Alaska Truck Driving Championships in Anchorage last month. Competitors from UPS, FedEx and other trucking companies all competed against each other in a written exam, a pre-trip inspection and an obstacle course. Lynden Transport Driver Tevita Toetu took first in the Flatbed Division and was named Grand Champion of the entire competition, while Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express took first in the Doubles Category and finished first for written test scores. Jack Sorensen of Lynden Transport earned first place in the Tank Category. Mike Gaiser placed first and Jim Jansen second in the Geezer's award driving old #27. Other Lynden drivers competing included James Elliott, Billy Mast, Logo Vaeao and Eddie Tuia. "All of our competitors are incredibly skilled and made Lynden proud. Congratulations to all of the drivers," says Lynden Transport Vice President of Operations Jered Post.
Winners are now preparing to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships August 16-19 in Columbus, OH. This will be Jack's eighth trip and Brian's sixth trip to the national competition. Brian first qualified for nationals in 2010. "My goal when I do these competitions is to try to finish better than I did in the previous competition," he says. "My best finish to date is 15th in class at the national level."
From left, first-place finishers Tevita Toetu, Jack Sorensen and Brian Ambrose.