Con-way Freight Sends 52 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

Returning Grand Champion Dale Duncan Goes for Second Crown

Aug 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Con-way Freight

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Con-way Freight's
 professional drivers are headed to Minnesota to compete in the 2007
 National Truck Driving Championships August 21 - 25. More than 50 Con-way
 drivers, including 2006 Grand Champion Dale Duncan, will compete in one of
 a series of eight individual equipment classes. Participants must
 demonstrate a mastery of the critical safety skills that have allowed this
 group to drive more than 80 million accident-free miles. Con-way Freight is
 a less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc.
 (NYSE:   CNW).
     Con-way's team, representing 33 states, comprises 27 veteran
 competitors and 25 newcomers to the National Championship. Dale Duncan, a
 24-year driving veteran, will be going for his second Grand Champion title,
 competing in the Tanker class. Previously, Duncan has taken two individual
 event National Champion titles.
     To compete in the national event, drivers must win state championships
 in their respective equipment classes. When a state champion is unable to
 attend, the next top finisher is tapped to be the state's representative at
     "The physical and mental demands placed on these front-line
 professionals are tremendous. The best in the business have stamina,
 patience, foresight, good organizational skills and the ability to quickly
 analyze and respond safely to the constantly changing conditions of their
 workplace -- our nation's roads and highways," said John G. Labrie,
 president, Con-way Freight. "Our national competitors have risen to the top
 of their profession due to unwavering dedication to their craft and being
 the best at what they do."
     Con-way competitors and their guests travel to Minneapolis at the
 company's expense to participate in the competition. Since 1999, whenever a
 Con-way driver sales representative wins an equipment class National
 Champion title, the company gives the driver a new Ford F150 4x4 Stretch
 Cab pickup truck. The company further commemorates the employee's
 achievement with a customized commercial tractor that displays the driver's
 name and championship title, which is then provided to the driver as his
 work vehicle. In addition, Con-way employees competing in the event are
 eligible for a $7,500 award by the company for winning the Grand Champion
     The National Champion of each class also receives a check for $1,000, a
 plaque and a gold belt buckle from the American Trucking Associations
 (ATA). Additionally, the organization awards the Grand Champion a
 commemorative diamond ring and plaque, as well as industry-wide recognition
 as "The Best Truck Driver in America."
     Each Con-way driver qualified to compete at the state competition by
 maintaining an accident-free safety record for the previous year. At the
 national competition, each driver faces testing in four areas: a personal
 interview, a timed written exam, a pre-trip inspection test and a driving
 skills test.
     Including Dale Duncan's 2006 Grand Champion win, nine Con-way drivers
 have won National Champion honors and received new pickup trucks from the
 company over the past eight years.
     The following Con-way Freight drivers will represent the company at the
 Nationals next week:
     Name                  Class             City                State
     George Lumpkin        Tanker            Gadsen              AL
     Jerry Talley          StraightTruck     Gadsen              AL
     Michael Umphrey       3-Axle            Decatur             AL
     Richard Templeton     Tanker            Jonesboro           AR
     Edward Romero         5-Axle            Tucson              AZ
     Dale Duncan           Tanker            Chula Vista         CA
     Mark Lannerd          3-Axle            Henderson           CO
     Michael Gershak       Twins             West Palm Beach     FL
     Dennis Day            Twins             Lawrenceville       GA
     Dennis Fields         StraightTruck     Lawrenceville       GA
     Timothy Vogt          Tanker            Lawrenceville       GA
     Christopher Buckley   5-AxleFlatbed     Boise               ID
     Matthew Clemens       Tanker            Boise               ID
     Michael Grogan        5-Axle            Boise               ID
     Jeffrey Halford       3-Axle            Boise               ID
     Josh Jetton           Straight          Boise               ID
     James Walters         Twins             Boise               ID
     Kevin Goolsby         5-AxleFlatbed     Chicago             IL
     Brent Quire           3-Axle            Bedford,            IN
     Brian Laytart         Tanker            Lexington           KY
     Lawrence Schilmiller  Twins             Louisville          KY
     Leroy Williams Sr.    Straight          Baton Rouge         LA
     Tony Fairley          Twins             Chicopee            MA
     Mark O'Dea            Twins             Romulus             MI
     James Mason           Straight          Richland            MS
     Christopher Lopez     5-AxleSleeper     Billings            MT
     Robert Pierce         5-AxleFlatbed     Missoula            MT
     Scott Ruth            Tanker            Butte               MT
     Robert Fiest          3-Axle            Bismarck            ND
     Steven Johnson        5-AxleSleeper     West Fargo          ND
     Wilbert Vano          5-Axle            Newark              NJ
     David May             StraightTruck     Tonwanda            NY
     Bruce Early           5-AxleSleeper     Parma               OH
     Neil Henry            4-Axle            Portland            OR
     Otho Kretzer          5-AxleSleeper     Greencastle         PA
     Tim Sarasin           3-Axle            Cranston            RI
     Willie Atkinson       3-Axle            Florence            SC
     David Lawrence        5-AxleSleeper     Wellford            SC
     Ronald Gasper         5-AxleFlatbed     Watertown           SD
     Les Gonsor            4-Axle            Watertown           SD
     Michael Jackson       Twins             Blountville         TN
     Bobby Tinsley         5-AxleFlatbed     Fort Worth          TX
     Matthew Adams         Straight          Salt Lake City      UT
     Mike Kelly            Twins             Salt Lake City      UT
     Lynn Wilson           5-Axle            Salt Lake City      UT
     Nevin Brill           Straight          Winchester          VA
     Christopher Poynor    Twins             Pasco               WA
     Ricky Bernard         5-AxleFlatbed     Franklin            WI
     Nick Backes           4-Axle            Belle               WV
     Don Maddy             3-Axle            Belle               WV
     Jerry Barker          Straight          Casper              WY
     Randy Ferguson        4-Axle            Casper              WY
     About Con-way Freight
     Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL)
 freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional
 and transcontinental service through a network of 440 service centers in
 the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor,
 Mich., Con-way Freight offers LTL freight delivery across North America, as
 well as delivery in the United States for international less-than-container
 (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed(SM) service.
 Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is ISO 9001- and
 14001-, C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.
     Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:   CNW), a $4.2
 billion freight transportation and logistics services company and FORTUNE
 magazine's "Most Admired Company" in transportation and logistics for 2007.
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