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R+L Carriers competes at the 2023 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC)

Wilmington, OH – The 2023 Colorado Motor Carriers Association Truck Rodeo was held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton, CO on Saturday, June 3, 2023. The truck rodeo is an annual event sponsored by state safety associations and administered by the American Trucking Association (ATA). Drivers from carriers nationwide, including R+L drivers Nathaniel Johnston, Francisco Diaz, Juan Rodriquez, and John Capone, competed in ribbon or pre-trip, yard abilities, and driving maneuvers. Overall, the R+L Carriers team finished eighth out of thirty competitors. In 2021, Francisco Diaz and Abel Anderson placed first in their respective divisions, earning state-level recognition. The truck rodeo is an opportunity for drivers to showcase their abilities and promote industry camaraderie. Congratulations to Nathaniel Johnston, Francisco Diaz, Juan Rodriquez and John Capone!
Event Overview
The National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) is a competition of professional truck drivers hosted each year by the American Trucking Associations. This competition has a long history – dating back to 1937 when it was known as the National Truck Rodeo. The NTDC competitors are made up of the winners in eight classes of competition from 50 State Trucking Associations’ Truck Driving Championships. During the TDC and NTDC competition, 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. These annual competitions inspire tens of thousands of drivers to operate accident-free for the right to compete.
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