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READING, Pa., September 7, 2006 - A pair of Penske Logistics truck drivers tested their mettle
among the best the nation has to offer at the 2006 National Truck Driving Championships in
New Orleans last month.
Mark Foster of Madera, Calif. placed 27th in the four-axle
tractor with trailer class (two-axle
tractor and two-axle
Bill Grove of Clear Spring, Md. finished 39th in the
straight truck class. They earned berths to the national competition after winning state titles;
Foster in California and Grove in Pennsylvania.
The American Trucking Association sponsored the 69th annual event, known as the "Super
Bowl of Safety." A total of 382 drivers competed.
Foster, 42, has been with Penske since 1999, and serves as a Smith System instructor to
company drivers. He has driven trucks for 10 years. This was his fourth appearance at
nationals, the third time as a Penske employee.
This year's state title was the fourth of his career, and his fifth appearance in the California
competition. An avid outdoorsman, Foster enjoys boating, fishing and skiing with his family.
"It's always new and exciting," said Foster of competing at the national level. "It is nerve-wracking,
but I really enjoy it. Getting to know everyone is a good experience, and l learn so
much about the trucking industry."
Grove, 46, earned entry to the national event after capturing his first Pennsylvania state title
this year. He has worked for Penske for three and-a-half
years, and has been a truck driver
for 18 years. This was his first appearance nationally, and second at the state level. Grove
enjoys hunting and camping with his family.
"I felt proud that I made it there," Grove explained of his time in New Orleans. "It was a
really good experience and I learned a lot from it.
"I try to be a good driver every day," he said. "You always want to do the best you can. It is
important to always be alert, know your routes and get enough rest."
The driver's skill levels were put to the test in several categories, which included: navigating
challenging curves on an obstacle course, safety knowledge, approximating distances, while
reversing and parking their rigs in a variety of scenarios.
"We are delighted with the performances this year of Mark and Bill at both the state and
national level," said Terry Miller, Penske Logistics Executive Vice President Operations.
"They are skilled drivers, and they have represented us well among the best truck drivers in
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