2015 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship, San Antonio, TX
Ready mixed concrete mixer truck driver Joe Zygas from Lafayette, IN, earned top honors at this year’s National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s National Mixer Driver Championship held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with NRMCA’s 2015 ConcreteWorks. Mr. Zygas (at left) also earned the champion’s check of $2,500. Mr. Zygas is a veteran driver of more than 23 years and currently drives a 2008 Advance 5-axle truck with a front discharge mixer. Joe was the winner of the national championship in 2009 and international championship in 2011.
Now in its 10th year, this year’s national contest “was an extremely close competition,” according to NRMCA Senior Vice President of Operations and Compliance Gary Mullings. Sixty four drivers, which was the largest number to ever compete, included state rodeo champions as well as NRMCA member company champions from around the nation. Competing to be the “Best of the Best,” a champion was selected based on a cumulative score derived from competitions that included a driving challenge course, visual vehicle inspection, reaction-time test, delivery ticket station and a 2-hour written examination. Awards were presented for the top three finishers. The Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB) added additional money to recognize the fourth and fifth place winners as well, with all other drivers tied for sixth. Go to www.nrmca.org to view a video of this year's event.
Second place and a check for $1,000 went to Chris Harrison of Russellville, AR. Mr. Harrison (seen here with sunglasses atop hat) is a veteran driver of more than 16 years driving for Mobley Concrete Company. He currently drives a Kenworth truck with a rear discharge McNeilus mixer. Chris is the 2014 and 2015 Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Champion and 2012 national runner-up. Third place and a check for $500 went to Harvey Harmon of Charlotte, NC. Mr. Harmon (at left) has been driving for Concrete Supply out of Charlotte, NC, for the last six years and is currently driving a Peterbilt, twin-steer truck with a Continental rear discharge mixer. Mr. Harmon is the 2014 Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Rodeo Champion.
The forth place finisher receiving a TMMB check for $300 was David Mangold, from CEMEX, out of Cocoa, FL. David (at right, wearing sunglasses) is a veteran driver of more than 22 years and currently drives a 3-axle Peterbilt with a Schwing mixer drum. Mr. Mangold is CEMEX’s two-time Florida Mixer Skills Competition Champion. The fifth place finisher receiving a check for $200 was Bruce Mitchell from Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. from Chesterton, IN. Bruce (at left) is a veteran driver of more than 20 years and currently is driving a Terex Advance 5-axle truck with a front discharge mixer. Mr. Mitchell was the third place finisher in the 2015 Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association Truck Rodeo.
Also honored at the awards dinner were drivers who distinguished themselves at various stages of the competition. The top scorers of the “Closest to the Egg” station were Ignacio Lopez from Martin Marietta Materials, San Antonio, TX and Frank Meza with Lattimore Materials from Blue Mound, TX. The top scorer at the Delivery Ticket Station was Randy Christopher from Souris Valley Ready Mix, Minot, ND. The popular bowling station returned to the competition for the fourth year. Three drivers scored a strike: Brandon Bratcher, Irving Materials, Bowling Green, KY; Tim Krout, CalPortland Company, Vancouver, WA, and Steve Shirey, S&W Ready Mix Concrete Co., Kinston, NC. Drivers were also tested to determine who had the fastest reaction time through computerized testing. The title of “Fastest in the Nation” for the second time went to Heath Burgos, Concrete Supply, Charlotte, NC. Tied for top scorer on the Inspection Station was Marcus Williams from Maschmeyer Concrete, Lake Park, FL; Jason Palmer from Vulcan Materials, Washington, DC, and also from Maschmeyer Concrete, Reginald Parker. The highest score on the written exam and title of “Smartest Boy in the Room” went to Randy Christopher from Souris Valley Ready Mix. Finally, taking the top spot on the Driving Challenge Course, by outscoring all others was the eventual first place finisher, Joe Zygas from Irving Materials.
2014 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship,
The "best of the best" ready mixed concrete drivers from across the country came together for the annual competition that celebrates ready mix truck driving skills. This year's event, part of NRMCA's ConcreteWorks Conference & Expo, took place on Monday, September 22, at the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway. NRMCA congratulates Mike Valentine (seen at right) of Concrete Supply Company, Charlotte, NC, for earning top honors - he placed first in a field of 48 drivers, the largest number to compete over the nine year history of the event.
To salute the drivers, volunteers and families that have made the annual event such a success, NRMCA has released a video slide show of highlights from the competition. See below...
2013 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship,
National Mixer Driver Champion – Jason Nelson from Cleveland, MS, earned top honors at this year’s NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship. Nelson of NRMCA Producer member MMC Materials also earned the champion’s check of $2,500. Nelson has been driving a ready mixed concrete truck for MMC Materials, Inc. for 10 years. Second place and a check for $1,000 went to Billy Byrd of Wanatah, IN, who drives for NRMCA Producer member VCNA Prairie Material in Bridgeville, IL. Third place and a check for $500 went to Todd Brown of Grinnell, IA. He works for NRMCA Producer member Manatts, Inc.
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2012 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship, National Harbor, MD
Concrete mixer truck driver Trent Slavens from
Frankfort, Indiana became the first-ever two-time champion when he earned
top honors at this year’s National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s
National Mixer Driver Championship. The event was held at National Harbor,
Maryland in conjunction with NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks. Mr. Slavens of Irving
Materials Inc. (IMI) also earned the champion’s check of $2,500. Slavens has
been driving a ready mixed concrete truck for IMI for 10 years. He is an
NRMCA Certified Concrete Delivery Professional and currently drives a Terex
front discharge mixer truck. Trent is a past winner of the Indiana
Ready Mixed Concrete Association Championship; finished third twice in NRMCA’s National Mixer Driver Championship and won his first national title
2011 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship,
2010 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship
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National Mixer Driver Championship
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