Congratulations to the 2019 TA Truck Service Challenge Grand Champion, Brendan “Slim” Greene! The driver of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 hauler for Joe Gibbs Racing helped us end this season with a very well deserved win.
- 1st place and Grand Champion, awarded $25,000: Brendan “Slim” Greene of Joe Gibbs Racing.
- 2nd place, awarded $10,000: Josh Collins of Joe Gibbs Racing.
- 3rd place, awarded $5,000: Michael “Bama” Williams of Penske Racing.
More than 75 strong competitors participated in at least one event this season. Brendan was still able to separate himself from the rest of the competition, with two early season wins and several years of determination under his belt. He has been after this trophy for a long time and 2019 proved to be his year.
“I’ve wanted to win this competition for 12 years,” Brendan said. “I wanted my name on that competition rig where all the past winners are listed. Finally, my name will be there.”
Brendan’s season highlights included first place wins at the first two events in Atlanta and Dallas, back-to-back. He knew he had to stay focused in order to keep his lead over the other guys, but at the end of the day, they are all happy for and supportive of one another when a teammate wins.
“We are all very competitive with each other,” Brendan said. “We share our thoughts after each event and talk about what we could have done better, or what we saw the other do that hurt their score. We are also genuinely happy when a teammate wins. All the guys enjoy the competition, as well as the camaraderie.”
When Brendan came short of first place in the 2018 season by just one point, he realized how competitive the TA Truck Service Challenge can be. It also set him up to appreciate the grand champion title he received this year that much more.
“I’m grateful, thankful and honored to be the 2019 TA Truck Service Challenge champion,” said Brendan. “I would like to thank my family for their encouragement and my JGR teammates for their support. It’s an honor to represent them and all of the hauler drivers who keep the show on the road throughout the nine-month NASCAR season.”
As for his winnings, he will treat his wife to a new washer and dryer, and invest the rest in his shop, where he will continue his passion of building old cars, trucks and other equipment.
Congratulations again to Brendan and everyone who competed in the TA Truck Service Challenge this year. Without their hard work and dedication, there would be no race weekend.