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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Truck drivers compete in a "Truck Rodeo" during the State Truck Driving Championships at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City Saturday, June 9, 2012. Drivers in various sizes of trucks completed a six-station obstacle course, conducted personal interviews, took a written test and performed pre-trip inspections of their vehicles.

SALT LAKE CITY — Truck drivers competed in the State Truck Driving Championships at the Utah State Fairpark on Saturday.

Drivers completed a formal pretrip inspection of a vehicle, similar to the one they typically drive during their regular workday. The inspection of equipment "process" was judged by a State Commercial Motor Vehicle Highway Patrolman, or Federal Department of Transportation officer. Scores were given for drivers who recognize defects that are required to be found during their typical daily pretrip inspection that is to be completed before the driver takes his equipment out on the roadway.

Drivers were then required to display their driving skills by navigating an established course that has six defined "problems" laid out on the fairgrounds. Each driver was judged/scored on their ability to maneuver through the course with the least amount of penalties.