Roachdale trucker dominates Indiana driving championship

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Shane Hendricks (Courtesy photo)

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Roachdale truck driver, making his first appearance in the Indiana Truck Driving Championships, has driven away as a winner and will motor on to the American Trucking Association National Truck Driving Championships.

Shane Hendricks, a nine-year veteran OnLine driver, captured the Indiana Five-Axle Sleeper Championship in competition June 21-22. His nearest competitor was more than 30 points back.

Wife Melissa was there cheering him on. He has four daughters, Hannah, Emily, Alyssa and Sophia.

Hendricks now qualifies to compete in the Aug. 12-16 American Trucking Association's National Truck driving Championships in Pittsburgh.

More than 400 drivers from all 50 states will compete for four days in Pittsburgh, challenging their driving skills and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry in an event also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety."

From 18-wheeler five-axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers -- they will drive a course that recreates situations truck drivers face daily. These maneuvers may include an alley dock, a rear line stop, a side park, a scale stop, a right turn, a front line stop and straight line driving through a diminishing clearance.

OnLine Transport safety director Kalvin Cook called Hendricks' driving record impressive, noting that he has never had an accident after more than a decade behind the wheel.

Based in Greenfield, OnLine Transport was represented by two other drivers, David Meek and Roy McBride.

"We sent three of our best and came home with a win," Cook noted. "We are proud of these men and the safe manner they operate on a daily basis."

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