Similar to the technical competitions, the driver competitions—or rodeos—include a written portion and a skills portion. Antoine Sadler, a member of Walmart’s Road Team, is “only” a local champion. “There's really heavy hitters on the team. I'm in the minor leagues compared to them,” he shares.
Now, as a Road Team member, Antoine helps drivers prepare to compete by setting up obstacle courses and organizing study groups. “We go over the different questions that may be on their test for the rodeo competition,” he says. “It is an awesome, awesome experience.”
Questions vary from simple—such as “How many hours can a driver drive daily?” (Answer: 11)—to more obscure—"How many trucks were in use nationwide at the start of World War 1?” (Answer: 300,000).
Antoine believes the competitions help separate out the truly dedicated drivers. “Are you in it because you love it?” he says. Drivers that are really dedicated, he says, feel “‘This is not only my job, it's not just a career, but it's my livelihood. I live and breathe trucking.’”