CLARKSBURG, West Virginia — Brian Ash, a step van driver from Clarksburg, traveled to Indiana on August 16 to compete in a National Championship at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
The 2022 “National Truck Driving and Step Van Driving Championship” began on August 16 and ended on August 19 at night.
Ash had to compete in a competition before he could compete in the championship. In order for him to compete, the organizers had to ensure that he had no accidents and had been safe for the previous year. He won the competition and earned a spot in the National Championship.
Drivers competed against one another in a written exam that included fifty questions about safety, customer service, and driving on the road. They had a limited amount of time to find defects on vehicles, and then they had an obstacle course with six obstacles where they had to compete for points while not hitting objects. The event schedule can be found here.
The championship will award multiple classes, including step vans, sleepers, and tractor trailers. At the end of the championship, one person from each class and state is chosen as the winner.
Certain people compete on specific days, such as Ash on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Every day, they had a different class.
With such an exciting opportunity, it’s natural for Ash to experience some emotion. “It’s pretty good, I mean, first of all, going a full year being safe is something to celebrate period,” he said. No accidents or anything like that, so coming here and getting to compete against other drivers from all over the country, as well as meet people from other states and all the way to Alaska, is pretty awesome.”
He believes that having this national championship is important because it allows him to gain insight from other areas, such as people’s driving habits, safety practices, and customer communications.
In an interview with 12 News, Ash offered some advice to readers and viewers. He would like people to drive safely, keep an eye out for other drivers, and pay attention in case you need to counteract what another driver is doing.
12 News wishes Brian Ash the best of luck at the National Championship and heartfelt congratulations on his participation.