Over the last three decades James Starr has driven his truck 3.5 million miles – equivalent to seven round-trips flights to the moon – without causing an accident.
No surprise then that Starr, 63, of Wichita, was recently recognized as the first National Tank Truck Carriers Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year.
Starr, who has driven 29 years for Groendyke Transport (and 42 years overall), said he was in an accident once in his career: He was rear-ended, but that he wasn’t at fault.
He is married to Gwendolyn and they have eight grown children.
He was on the road — naturally — earlier this week when he called from a Love’s truck stop in Amarillo, Texas, with a load of water treatment compound. He was headed for Northglenn, Colo.