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June 14, 2012



VDOT Wise Residency's Employees compete in truck roadeo

Photos are available on Flickr at http://flickr.com/gp/vadot/VT736E/


Photo Caption #1: Winners of the single axle truck competition were (l-r) Craig Lowe, first place; Ray Snodgrass, second place; Travis Reedy, third place; and Billy Gibson, fourth place.


Photo Caption #2:  In the backhoe competition, the winners were (l-r) Danny Hand, first place; Matthew Williams, second place; John Courtney, third place; and Marty Shouse, fourth place.


Photo Caption #3: The tandem truck competition winners were (l-r) John Varner, first place; Jeff Osborne, second place; Marty Shouse, third place; and Jimmy Mitchell, fourth place.


Photo Caption #4:  Winners in the mower tractor competition were (l-r) Tim Blakemore, first place; Jimmy Mitchell, second place; Tom Fisher, third place; and Danny Hand, fourth place.

Photo Caption #5: Winners in the motor grader competition were (l-r) Jeff Austin, first place; Jimmy Mitchell, second place, Brandon Herrell, third place; and Billy Gibson, fourth place.

 

BRISTOL, Va.– Employees from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Wise Residency recently tested their driving skills at the annual VDOT Wise Residency Truck Roadeo. 

VDOT’s Truck Roadeo competition is held each summer to test drivers’ skills.  About fifty equipment operators from the Wise Residency, which covers Wise, Dickenson, Lee and Scott counties, participated in five different events. 

In this year’s single axle truck competition, the winners are:

4th place Billy Gibson East Stone Gap Area Headquarters (Wise Co.)
3rd place Travis Reedy Ft. Blackmore Area Headquarters (Scott. Co.)
2nd place Ray Snodgrass Ewing Area Headquarters (Lee Co.)
1st place Craig Lowe Ewing Area Headquarters (Lee Co.)

 

The single axle truck competition gives employees an opportunity to test their job skills in situations similar to those encountered on the road.   Operators drive a three-ton dump truck, equipped with an 11-foot snow plow, through a series of obstacle courses simulating such maneuvers as plowing snow away from fixed objects, parallel parking, braking to a stop, mirror backing and backing to a loading dock.                                                                 

Winners in the backhoe competition are:

4th place Marty Shouse Coeburn Area Headquarters (Wise County)
3rd place John Courtney Wise County Bridge Crew
2nd place Matthew Williams Lee County Bridge Crew
1st place Danny Hand East Stone Gap Area Headquarters


In the backhoe competition operators use a standard tractor equipped with an excavator, referred to as the "bucket," equipped with an object that is used to place golf balls into buckets ranging from standard size to small.  The competition demonstrates operators’ abilities to control the excavator.

This year’s winners in the tandem truck event are:

4th place Jimmy Mitchell Ewing Area Headquarters (Lee Co.)
3rd place Marty Shouse Coeburn Area Headquarters (Wise Co.)
2nd place Jeff Osborne East Stone Gap Area Headquarters (Scott Co.)
1st place John Varner East Stone Gap Area Headquarters (Wise Co.)

 

The tandem truck event uses a driving course similar to the single axle truck competition.  A tandem truck is a larger vehicle, weighing between 5 and 7 tons. 


In the mower tractor category, where drivers maneuver through a twisting and turning course to test driving and backing skills, the winners are:

4th place Danny Hand East Stone Gap Area Headquarters (Wise Co.)
3rd place Tom Fisher Glamorgan Area Headquarters (Wise Co.)
2nd place Jimmy Mitchell Ewing Area Headquarters (Lee Co.)
1st place Tim Blakemore Dryden Area Headquarters (Lee Co.)

 

Lastly, winners in the motor grader event are:

4th place Billy Gibson East Stone Gap Area Headquarters (Wise Co.)
3rd place Brandon Herrell Ewing Area Headquarters (Lee Co.)
2nd place Jimmy Mitchell Ewing Area Headquarters (Lee Co.)
1st place Jeff Austin Ft. Blackmore Area Headquarters (Scott County)

 

The motor grader event tests operators’ control of the grader blade.  Drivers knock tennis balls off pedestals with the grader blade without knocking down the pedestal itself.  

Each winner will compete in the VDOT Bristol District Truck Roadeo June 15

 

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