Racine resident wins truck driving championships

ROSEVILLE — Jerry Kraetsch, of Racine, a professional truck driver with YRC Freight, took first place in the flatbed truck class at the Minnesota Truck Driving Championships. He now has the opportunity to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships, Aug.

9-12 in Orlando, Fla. The Minnesota Truck Driving Championships is a two-day competition featuring 80 of the state’s top drivers who had to navigate a six-problem obstacle course, complete a written knowledge test and perform a pre-trip inspection where they had to correctly identify safety defects planted on a tractor-trailer.

The driver with the most points in each of the nine classes took home the first-place prize along with the opportunity to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships.

They will compete against more than 400 other drivers from across the country.

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