Mack announces winners of 2007 Driving Skills Safety Challenge

Mack Trucks announces winners of its Driving Skills Safety Challenge held last month in Las Vegas

February 07, 2007

Mack Trucks Inc. has announced the winners of its Driving Skills Safety Challenge held Jan. 23-25 in Las Vegas. This year's event featured both individual and team competitions, which included two operators per team.

Contestants chose one Mack Granite model mixer to operate through a closed course set up to simulate an actual jobsite. Operators had to complete a pre-operation safety check, successfully navigate the skills course and then secure the truck as if it were the end of a workday. Each individual or team had one attempt. Scoring was based on accuracy and adherence to safety procedures.

First-, second- and third-place winners in both the individual and team competitions are:

1st place

Individual: Rolin Redburn of Raw Concrete in West Plains, Mo.

Team: Rick and Theodore Kubesh of Kubesh Site Mixed Concrete in Colville, Wash.

Each received a trophy, $500 Mack Shop gift certificate and Mack Citizen Watch.

2nd place

Individual: Scott Bayless of John Deere Construction and Forestry Division in Wamego, Kan.

Team: Erik and Chris Colombo of Interstate Safety Service in Clarks Summit, Pa.

Each received a trophy and $300 Mack Shop gift certificate.

3rd place

Individual: Mike Lavino of J. Pools Tortorella in Southampton, N.Y.

Team: Serge Duron and Michael Hennekam of Rinker Materials in Cocoa, Fla.

Each received a trophy and $100 Mack Shop gift certificate.

"The professionalism and commitment to safety demonstrated not only by these top finishers, but all of the drivers who participated, was outstanding," said Tom Kelly, Mack vice president of marketing. "We'd like to thank everyone for coming out, and making this such a great event."