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2014 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship,

Indianapolis, IA

 

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,

Las Vegas, NV

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Driver Championship to Set Record for Competitors

NRMCA’s Ready Mixed Driver Championship has received 46 driver registrations from 26 states for the September 22, 2013 competition held during ConcreteWorks in Las Vegas. This strong turnout sets the stage for a record number of drivers at the event. The previous record was 40 in 2007 in Phoenix.

 


 

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 in 2010.

Second place and a check for $1,000 went to Chris Harrison of Morrilton, Arkansas. Mr. Harrison has been driving a mixer truck for more than ten years and has been working for Mobley Construction Company Inc. for three years. He currently drives a Kenworth, four axle truck with a McNeilus rear discharge mixer. Chris is an NRMCA Certified Concrete Delivery Professional and was also the runner up in the 2012 Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Rodeo.

Third place and a check for $500 went to John Tesi of Ferrara Bros. Building Materials Corp, New York, New York. He has been with Ferrara Bros. for 20 years and is currently driving a Kenworth four axle truck with McNeilus rear discharge mixer. Mr. Tesi is an NRMCA Certified Delivery Professional and is the reigning Ferrara Bros. Corporate Rodeo Champion.

 


 

 

2011 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship,
San Diego

 

 

 

A mixer truck driver from Oklahoma earned top honors at this year’s NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship held last week in San Diego in conjunction with NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks. Larry Lowe of GCC Mid-Continent Concrete Company in Sallisaw (shown at right) earned the champion’s check of $2,500. Lowe has been driving a ready mixed concrete truck for GCC Mid-Continent Concrete Company for 12 years. He currently drives a Kenworth 4-axle truck with a McNeilus rear discharge mixer. He is an NRMCA Certified Concrete Delivery Professional and Smith System trainer, and the reigning 2011 Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Mixer Driver Champion.

Second place and a check for $1,000 went to Chris Daniels of Irving Materials Co., Nashville, TN. He has been driving a mixer for Irving Materials for six years, and is currently driving a Terex Advance front discharge mixer truck. Daniels is the 2011 IMI Corporate rodeo champion. Third place and a check for $500 went to Trent Slavens of Irving Materials Co., Frankfort, IN. He has been with Irving for more than nine years and is also driving a Terex Advance front discharge mixer truck. Slavens was the returning NRMCA’s 2010 National Mixer Driver Champion

 


 

2010 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship
Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

 

 

 

Trent Slavens of Irving Materials finished in first place at this year's National Mixer Driver Championship, held on October 10, 2010 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's ConcreteWorks Conference & Expo in Charlotte, NC. Slavens, a resident of Rossville, IN, has been driving for 11 years and is an NRMCA-certified Concrete Delivery Professional. Second place went to Charles "Chip" Klein, also of Irving Materials. Third place was awarded to Jason Dilling of CEMEX Materials.


 

Hometown Driver Takes Top Honors At
2009 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship

 

 

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A local ready mix truck driver earned top honors at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Fourth Annual National Mixer Driver Championship, held earlier this week on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Joe Zygas from the nearby community of Lafayette, IN and a driver for NRMCA producer member Irving Materials Inc., won the top prize, outperforming an accomplished group of fellow mixer drivers. The driver championship was conducted as part of NRMCA’s annual ConcreteWorks event held this year in Indianapolis. Along with the title and trophy, Zygas also earned the champion’s check of $2,500.

The National Mixer Driver Championship, now in its fourth year, “was the closest competition to date,” according to NRMCA Senior Vice President of Operation and Compliance Gary Mullings. Some 34 drivers, including state rodeo champions as well as NRMCA member company champions from around the nation, competed for the title “Best of the Best”. The champion was selected based on a cumulative score derived from competitions that included a Driving Challenge Course, a Visual Vehicle Inspection and a 90-minute written examination. Awards were presented for the top three finishers, with all other drivers tied for fourth.

Zygas, known as Ziggy at Irving Materials, is a 17-year veteran at the company. He holds a Class “A” license along with a commercial pilot’s license with a mechanics endorsement. He finished second in the 2009 “Inaugural” Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Skills Competition and is the reigning 2009 Irving Materials Corporate Champion.

Second place went to Jeffrey Clark from Aggregate Industries in Greenbelt, MD, who earned a $1,000 check. Clark is a certified NRMCA Concrete Delivery Professional (CDP) and holds the company record for high score on the CDP written exam. He was the champion in the 2008 Maryland Motor Truck Association Ready Mix Concrete Class and is the reigning third place finisher in 2009.

The third place finisher was Trent Slavens, also of Irving Materials and Frankfort, IN. He has been driving a truck mixer for 10 years for Irving Materials. Slavens holds a Class “B” license. Trent is the reigning 2009 Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association Skills Competition champion.

 

 

Contestants are evaluated for invitation and judged in the
NMDC competition by NRMCA staff and volunteers from

NRMCA’s Operations, Environmental & Safety Committee.

 

 

 


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