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A special seasonal series from PodWheels Powered By RadioNemo that seeks to go deep into the NTDCs, sharing stories and perspectives through our coverage of the National Truck Driving Championships, which are hosted annually by the American Trucking Associations.

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A special seasonal series from PodWheels Powered By RadioNemo that seeks to go deep into the NTDCs, sharing stories and perspectives through our coverage of the National Truck Driving Championships, which are hosted annually by the American Trucking Associations.

    Kentucky Grand Champion John Willinger Enjoying Every Moment While Keeping It All In Perspective

    Kentucky Grand Champion John Willinger Enjoying Every Moment While Keeping It All In Perspective

    In this episode of the podcast, we’ll meet John Willinger, who will be returning to Indianapolis and NTDC 2024 after now winning back-to-back Grand Champion titles in the state of Kentucky. As Transport Topics Senior Reporter Eugene Mulero shares with us, John has been a constant presence at the NTDC event, with 2024 marking the 14th time in his career that he has qualified for the nationals. Through the conversation that Eugene has with John, you’ll discover a very humble and easy-going approach that allows John to keep it all in perspective during his daily work on the road and in his preparations for competition. It’s a very fun interview that even includes a brief mention of the Beastie Boys.







    We would also like to invite you to read the latest NTDC coverage from Eugene and the Transport Topics team. To access the NTDC section of Transport Topics, please click here.

    • 21 min
    ATA’s Jacob Pierce Discusses 2024 NTDC Driving Course & Many Other Topics

    ATA’s Jacob Pierce Discusses 2024 NTDC Driving Course & Many Other Topics

    We are thrilled to welcome Jacob Pierce from the American Trucking Associations to a special edition of the podcast. Jacob is an Executive Director for ATA overseeing the Safety Management Council and the Transportation Security Council. As you will hear during the podcast, Jacob is the point person on staff at ATA serving as the liaison for the National Truck Driving & National Step Van Driving Championships.







    In addition to responding to questions regarding the course layout and the overall preparations for NTDC 2024 in Indianapolis, Jacob took some time to share how the annual Super Bowl of Safety has become a true labor love during his time at ATA. You’ll also hear Jacob look back on how he and Eugene Mulero from Transport Topics launched their NTDC history project that eventually opened the opportunity to co-author the book From Roadeo To TDC, which chronicles the history of the event.

    • 47 min
    Eugene Mulero Looks Back At NTDC’s History With Radio Legend Dave Nemo

    Eugene Mulero Looks Back At NTDC’s History With Radio Legend Dave Nemo

    In this special episode of the podcast, we will be bringing you a segment from the Dave Nemo Weekends radio show that originally aired during Father’s Day Weekend. Trucking Radio Pioneer and legendary broadcaster Dave Nemo had asked Eugene Mulero from Transport Topics to join him on Dave Nemo Weekends, which airs every Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 to 11:00 Eastern Time on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146.







    For this episode of Dave Nemo Weekends, Dave had asked PodWheels Executive Producer Greg Thompson to ride in the jump seat for the course of the show. As you will hear, Dave and Greg asked Eugene to go deep into the history of the NTDC, which was first held in 1937. Eugene is the co-author of the book From Roadeo To TDC, which chronicles the history of what is now known as the Super Bowl of Safety.







    As always, we would also like to invite you to read the latest NTDC coverage from Eugene and the Transport Topics team. To access the NTDC section of Transport Topics, please click here.

    • 28 min
    Dedication, Training & Heart: Going Inside Roland Bolduc’s Drive To Achieve Championship Excellence

    Dedication, Training & Heart: Going Inside Roland Bolduc’s Drive To Achieve Championship Excellence

    As we enter July and begin the final countdown to NTDC 2024, we wanted to take you inside the national competition preparations of Roland Bolduc, one of the most accomplished champions in the long history of the NTDC. This year, Roland is the only returning National Grand Champion in the field, and, as he shares with us, the state results from across the country this year have inspired him to train even harder. You will also hear the dedication that Roland has to the championships and everyone who is a part of what he calls the “NTDC Family.”







    Eugene Mulero from Transport Topics had an extensive conversation with Roland, covering a wide range of topics, including the state qualifying events and his approach to year-round training. In fact, Eugene takes us inside the story behind the Roadeo Research Development Facility (RRDF), which Roland started in a collaboration with fellow competitor Richard Sweeney. You will hear both Roland’s perspective and Richard’s thoughts on the difference that the RRDF has made when it comes to training and performance in competition.







    We would also like to invite you to read the latest NTDC coverage from Eugene and the Transport Topics team. To access the NTDC section of Transport Topics, please click here.

    • 59 min
    Driving Competitions & National Championships Part of Long Tradition and Love of Trucking For The Lewis Family

    Driving Competitions & National Championships Part of Long Tradition and Love of Trucking For The Lewis Family

    We have a father-son story to share with you in this edition of the podcast. Eugene Mulero, Senior Reporter for Transport Topics, brings us his interviews with the father-son duo of Nate and Andrew Lewis. Nate, who is a past National Champion, has been a member of the NTDC Organizing Committee for a number of years, while Andrew is fresh off a second-place finish competing in his first State Truck Driving Championships in his home state of Maine. As Eugene notes during the episode, Andrew’s entry into the Maine TDC extends the Lewis family tradition in trucking to a fourth generation. 







    We would also like to invite you to read the series of feature stories on written by Eugene Mulero for Transport Topics by clicking here.

    • 46 min
    Onsite Coverage From State Championship Tripleheader In New England

    Onsite Coverage From State Championship Tripleheader In New England

    In this edition of the podcast, we hear the onsite interviews from the road trip that Eugene Mulero made as part of his coverage for Transport Topics of the NTDC state qualifying rounds. Eugene traveled to Windsor Locks, Connecticut, to be a part of the New England Truck Driving Championships. We will hear interviews from the Grand Champions who were crowned for the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.







    Eugene also had an opportunity to talk via a FaceTime connection with Brian Singelais, a beloved member of the New England NTDC family. Brian shares an update on his recovery process following a heart transplant earlier this year. Brian’s NTDC friends and family have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Brian and his family with the expenses related to his medical care and recovery. You can go to Brian’s GoFundMe page by clicking here.

    • 33 min

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