Aug. 30–A local flatbed trucker drove home with more than just a new load of cargo in his big rig — he came away from the Great American Trucking Show was $10,000 cash, an all-expenses paid trip to Dallas, thousands of dollars worth of trucking supplies and the title of Trucking’s Top Rookie for 2017.
Daniel Shonebarger, a Columbus driver for Melton Truck Lines and a graduate of the Georgia Driving Academy, told Truckers News that he just does what he does because he loves it.
“I love driving trucks and I have a passion for it. If you’ve got a passion for it, keep doing it. You never know where it’s going to take you.”
The contest is open to any commercial driver’s license holder who has graduated from a certified truck driving school within the previous year, and has been employed by a trucking company for less than one year. Nominees are judged on things like safety performance, availability, on-time delivery, customer relations and other factors, according to The Trucker.
Shonebarger, a Navy veteran, told Truckers News that he actually got his CDL eight years ago, but only just now got started driving.
“I put it off until my wife was ready and the kids were older,” Shonebarger said. “It was something I always wanted to do.”
He said he likes driving a flatbed because the more difficult loads can be fun and challenging.
“I always like a challenge. I always like taking the harder loads. Maybe going into an area, where maybe that load is legal, but where the going is crazy.”
Truckers News, which sponsors the event, included a selection from Shonebarger’s manager Carolynn Orr. She said that he has a great attitude and that she can always count on him.
“Daniel has always been patient and treated me with respect. He is the definition of what a Melton driver should be and a true team player.”
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