Men to compete in 'Super Bowl’ of trucking

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GREENSBORO — Two local truck drivers will represent UPS Freight at the 70th annual National Truck Driving Championships in Minneapolis this August.

Ty Bentley, 43, and Brian Walker, 39, of Greensboro, recently received first place in the flatbed and five-axle divisions, respectively, in the state championship in Smithfield.

"It's a neat deal," said Walker, who has been to what he calls the "Super Bowl of truck driving" six times.

"I really enjoy it," he said.

Walker, who has spent 21 years with UPS Freight, known as Overnite Transportation Co. until 2006, earned his fourth state title.

"It shows how dedicated to safety you are," Bentley said. "For the morale of the company and for myself, it's just a big boost."

GREENSBORO - Bentley is a 17-year veteran of the company. The first-place finish is his fourth in seven years.

Ira Rosenfeld, director of media relations for UPS Freight, said the first-place finishes validate the beliefs of the company, which wants everyone to know that it boasts some of the safest and most capable drivers in North America.

"It's one thing for us to say it," Rosenfeld said. "But it's another thing for them to prove it, and they do it."

To encourage drivers in their quests to win the national championships, Rosenfeld said the company provides a few perks. State winners receive special recognition on the side of their truck. The company also pays all expenses for the weeklong trip to the national championships.
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