The N.C. Department of Transportation
is proud to announce the winners of the "Division 8 Equipment Roadeo" held in Rockingham May 6-8 at the Rockingham Dragway. The annual event tests the safety awareness and skill level of NCDOT maintenance employees in Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties who operate trucks and heavy equipment. Photos of this event can be found on the NCDOT Flickr site
.Participants engaged in friendly competition with their co-workers to determine who can best maneuver a dump truck, tractor, backhoe or motor grader through obstacle courses that model real-life scenarios. The winner in each category will move on to compete in the statewide "Roadeo" in Raleigh July 23 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.The winners are: Charles Ford -Richmond County Equipment -Single Wheelbase Dump Truck; James Wood -Moore County Maintenance -Tandem Axle Truck; Fred Harrelson -Randolph County Maintenance -Lowboy Truck; Brad Cook -Lee County Maintenance -Backhoe; John Beane -Montgomery County Maintenance -Motor Grader; and James "Buck" Dawkins -Richmond County Maintenance -Tractor Mower. The overall goals of the "Roadeo" include helping NCDOT workers advance their skills, emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment, fostering a sense of team spirit and recognizing employees who excel at their jobs.
Employees test their skills at the Division 8 Roadeo.