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2023 MN TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

June 10-11, 2023

Koch Trailer Shop

2603 Walnut Street, Roseville, MN 55113

County Road C and Walnut Street in Roseville

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Any questions? Call 651-646-7351 or email MTA@mntruck.org

WHAT IS THE MINNESOTA TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS?

The Minnesota Truck Driving Championships is a competition of professional truck drivers hosted each year by the Minnesota Trucking Association.   Drivers compete in one of nine classes – Straight Truck, Flatbed, Three Axle, Four Axle, Five Axle, Tank, Twin Trailer, Sleeper Berth and Step Van.  Each driver has a chance to demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests. The drivers undergo a written examination, pre-trip inspection test and finally, the most visible - the skills test on the driving course.   Winners in each class go on to compete in the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, OH, August 16-19, 2023.

The NTDC and affiliated state TDCs like the Minnesota Truck Driving Championships are considered one of the industry’s largest and most effective safety programs. These annual competitions inspire tens of thousands of drivers to operate accident-free for the right to compete.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

There are many great reasons for companies to register their drivers to compete at TDC:

  • The TDC is a great incentive for professional truck drivers to operate safely, because they must be accident-free for at least one year prior to the competition. Many of the competitors have millions of accident-free driving miles to their credit.

  • When asked, professional drivers will tell you that they are drawn to the Championships by the spirit of competition and by the prestige of being named the best of the best.

  • It is described by drivers as being like the Olympics, where they come to win but revel in the camaraderie and excitement.

  • Competing drivers feel a sense of pride and achievement, which creates good driver morale and positive attitudes among employees and with customers.

  • Companies can take pride in their drivers’ achievements and recognize their excellence both on and off the road.  This builds good relationships between the company and its drivers, which translates into driver retention.

  • As a family event, it lifts up truck driving as a good career choice and presents a positive image of the truck driver and the trucking industry.

  • It’s fun, and builds company pride to have a rooting section at the TDC cheering on your drivers.

DRIVER ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, a driver must certify:

  • Since June 10, 2022, continuously employed (away from work no more than 30 days) as a truck or step van driver by present employer (MTA member motor carrier fleet).  

  • Since June 10, 2022, driven and performed the regular duties of a truck or step van driver.

  • Since June 10, 2022, not been involved in a fleet motor vehicle or motor carrier vehicle accident, regardless of fault.

  • Have the proper class CDL or DL plus required endorsements for class of competition.

  • Hold a CDL (DL if SVDC) from or have been occupationally domiciled in the state of Minnesota. Occupational domiciled is defined as the terminal, garage or other operating base from which the driver normally works, is supervised and/or where employer is corporately headquartered.

Eligibility Reminders:

  • Owner-Operators are not eligible to compete in the TDC program unless they are contracted to a single company.

  • Those who drive professionally and also serve as driver trainers are required to spend 60% of their time serving as a professional driver (behind the wheel) and must perform the regular duties of a professional truck driver for a minimum of 1200 hours annually

*Please call (651) 251-6431 with eligibility questions.

DRIVER REGISTRATION

BEFORE you begin registration, make sure you have all the required documents and driver information.  MTA member companies may enter a MAXIMUM of three (3) drivers in each class of competition.  Each driver must have the proper endorsement to compete in the desired class of competition and meet all other MTA Truck Driving Championships eligibility requirements.  Deadline to register is June 2, 2023.  Contact mta@mntruck.org with online registration issues.​

If your company is NOT currently an MTA member and you have drivers that want to participate this year, call Grace at (301) 300-0161 for membership information.

 

Before entering the registration system have the following completed:

  • ATA Form TR1 & TR2 (Saved as PDF) Click link to download

  • Headshot of Driver (Saved as JPEG)

  • Current driver MVR (Saved as PDF)

  • *Driver CDL Photo is NO LONGER Required to be Included in Registration

  • Know Driver Name Spelling and Phonetic Pronunciation, Email Address, Phone #, and Home Address

 

DRIVER ENTRY FEE: $250.00 per driver

The $250.00 Driver Entry Fee includes:  One (1) "Facts for Drivers" Handbook, One (1) MN TDC Patch, One (1) ATA Patch, One (1) 2022 TDC Hat, breakfast and lunch for both days of the competition, and two tickets to the evening banquet.  You can purchase additional quantities of these items in the registration system.

 

Company Tents:

Companies may reserve a spot for their own 10x10 tent or rent a tent through MTA.  [Contact lauren@mntruck.org to rent a tent through MTA]

extra banquet tickets - $49 per adult, $36 per child 

Driver Registration
Schedule

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

June 10, 2023 – Day 1 Competition

6:30 a.m.  Volunteer Check-In

7:00 a.m.  Driver Check-In & Breakfast Food Truck Courtesy of Koves Leased to FedEx Ground (in memory of TDC driver Julian Miranda)

7:30 a.m.  Welcome

8:00 a.m.  Written Exam [Study Facts for Drivers 2023 – 40 multiple choice questions]

9:00 a.m.  Driving Course Orientation

10:00 a.m.  Silent Driving Course Walk-Thru

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lions Club Lunch Service sponsored by US Cargo Control

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.       Group 1 Course: Twin Trailer, Flatbed, Tank, Sleeper Berth

Group 2 Pre-Trip: Three Axle, Four Axle, Five Axle, Step Van, Straight Truck

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.         Group 1 Pre-Trip: Twin Trailer, Flatbed, Tank, Sleeper Berth

Group 2 Course: Three Axle, Four Axle, Five Axle, Step Van, Straight Truck

** NEW this year.  NO DRIVER SEQUESTER.  Hang out with your family and colleagues during the event. 

June 11, 2023 – Day 2 Finals

7:00 a.m. Volunteer Check-In

7:30 a.m.  Driver Check-In & Pancake Food Truck Courtesy of Old Dominion Freight Lines

8:00 a.m.  Finalist Announcements, Driver Recognition, Driver Photos

9:00 a.m.  Driving Course Walk-thru

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lions Club Lunch Service sponsored by US Cargo Control

10:00 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m. Driving Course Competition Finals

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Site Clean-up

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Awards Banquet - Mermaid Event Center [2200 Mounds View Blvd, Mounds View, MN 55112] (Casual Attire)- sponsored by Ruan

Volunteer

VOLUNTEERS
 

 

 

 

*Must be 18 years old to volunteer *No Experience Necessary *Committee member will contact you to confirm participation. Registered and confirmed volunteers receive complimentary lunch at the event on the days you volunteer.

TDC Banquet Tickets for Spectators - $49 per adult, $36 per child 

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Mermaid Event Center, 2200 Mounds View Blvd, Mounds View, MN 55112)

 spectators who want to attend the banquet must purchase a ticket online.  

DRIVER RESOURCES

 

Sample Written Exam Questions from 2022

Please note: Drivers will NOT have access to cell phones/ smart watches while actively competing (written exam, on course driving, and during pre-trip inspection)

THANK YOU SPONSORS

BANQUET SPONSOR
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PLAQUE SPONSOR
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DRIVER SUPPORTERS
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DRIVER FRIENDS
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IN-KIND SPONSORS
Coborn's 
cookies
Dart Transit
water
Koves Trucking leased to FedEx Ground
(in memory of TDC driver Julian Miranda
saturday breakfast
KM Promos
shirts
Wal-Mart
soda
Old Dominion
sunday breakfast
Old Dutch
chips
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