Contact: T. Coons 704 552-6933 April 18, 1997 NASCAR BGN TRANSPORT DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP Ryder Driver Recruiting, associate sponsor on both the ...
Contact: T. Coons 704 552-6933 April 18, 1997
NASCAR BGN TRANSPORT DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Ryder Driver Recruiting, associate sponsor on both the #88 Hype Chevy and the #43 Lance Chevy, sponsored the first annual NASCAR Busch Series Transport Drivers Championship, Thursday afternoon. Twenty transport drivers took part in the event which consisted of a pre-trip inspection and four maneuvering tasks: off set, alley dock, right turn and stop line. "We wanted to do something for the transport drivers," stated John Priest, Director - Driver Development for the Ryder Integrated Logistics, Inc., Brentwood, TN location. "We know how important transport drivers are to this sport and we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for their efforts." Dennis McCarson, transport driver for the #00 won the overall championship with Scott Moyer, transport driver for the #38, finishing second overall. Ryder Driver Recruiting presented McCarson with a $1000 U.S. Savings Bond and a trophy. Moyer received a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a trophy. As an added incentive, Team Owner Bob Sutton told Moyer he would double his winnings. "All the hauler drivers had a great time out there," said Moyer after the event. "To have Bob double my prize was an added bonus. This gave all of us a chance to do something fun. It also helped to remind of us how important safety is on the road." "Ryder is the title sponsor of the Supertruck series here at Nashville Speedway so this was the ideal place to hold the BGN Transport Drivers Championship," commented John Priest. "Ryder has found that its involvement in racing has been a tremendous boost to morale for the whole company. We are happy to sponsor an event which promotes safety for transport drivers and increases our involvement in racing. We are very pleased with the response and would like to do this again before the season ends." Several people from Ryder's Nashville area office where on hand to help coordinate the day's activities. Kathy Walsh, Team Leader - Driver Recruiting Coordinator, Glenn Whitaker, Team Leader - Driver Development and Stephen Wilder, Team Leader - Driver Development assisted with scoring the various maneuvering activities and helped serve lunch for all participants and helpers. Bob Tracey (#43), Phil Tiffany (#96) and Jerry Byerly (#85) rounded out the top five finishers. The other fifteen transport drivers who participated were: Joel Hester (#57), Jr. Harville (#63), Roger Miller (#88), Lester Benefield (#45), Ken Rogers (#80), Bud Howland (#11), Milt Bishop (#35), Brad Kidner (#99), Vince Golletton (#47), Jake Jacobs (#64), Mark Kincaid (#72), Daniel Ott (#4), George Eisenhauer (#10), Chris Diamond (#68) and Mike Honeycutt (#8). Ryder Driver recruiting is the hiring arm of Ryder Systems' Integrated Logistics Division. At more than 30 locations nationwide Ryder certifies and hires over 4000 professional drivers every year.