Local goes to national trucking championship

Published 10:26 am Thursday, August 20, 2015

Four people recently represented Wal-Mart in the American Trucking Association National Championship in St. Louis.

Ricky Sharp, a team member from Brookhaven, left the competition in the top 15 in the twin-trailer class.  Sharp said he chose to compete in that class because it’s not something he normally drives.

“I wanted to see how well I could compete,” he said. “I want to be my best in every area.”

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Sharp said the competition provides an opportunity to be surrounded by people who are passionate about the industry.

“It’s a privilege to be there,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for the top, best drives to come together and showcase their skill level.”

Although Sharp has attended the championship before, it was his first time to compete in it.

“It was a little bit overwhelming; there was so much going on,” he said.

But given the chance to do it again, he said he wouldn’t hesitate, and he recommends all truck drivers to experience it at least once.

Sharp was also thankful to be on Wal-Mart’s team.

“Wal-Mart really goes out of their way,” he said. “It’s a chance to see your company family and see a side of Wal-Mart that you don’t see everyday.”

For Sharp being a truck driver is more than just a job.

“It’s an opportunity to see the country through the windshield,” he said.

Plus, he is able to serve the community as he is part of the system that moves goods across the country.

“Just about everything we get on a daily basis comes through these trucks,” he said. “The ATA slogan is Moving America Forward, and you’re a part of it.”