KNOXVILLE – Pilot Flying J has announced that Sandia Park, New Mexico, resident and professional driver Kyle Cones is the 2014 Road Warrior winner. As the winner, Cones, a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport, will receive a $10,000 check from Pilot Flying J.
After months of honoring professional drivers by accepting nominations and telling their stories on the Road Warrior website and social media, public voting took place Nov. 1-30. After receiving the most online votes, Cones won the 2014 Road Warrior inaugural campaign.
“I can’t believe it,” Cones said. “I’m shocked and humbled to receive this honor. I am proud to serve alongside so many great drivers and to be part of an industry with a true sense of camaraderie and respect among us – which is one of the many reasons that professional driving was such a perfect fit for me after serving in the Army.”
Cones was nominated by his wife, Brittney, and received support and votes from colleagues, family and friends. After Cones was injured in Afghanistan, his job choices were limited, until he realized that driving a truck was the perfect lifestyle and career opportunity for him. Cones has been recognized for his commitment to safety, as well as to his fellow drivers, family and country. The Road Warrior program was launched by Pilot Flying J earlier this year to recognize professional drivers.
The U.S. economy depends on professional drivers to deliver more than 65 percent of all freight transported annually.
Pilot Flying J 2014 Road Warrior Winner Kyle Cones with his wife, Brittney Cones, and their dog, Daisy. Photo submitted.