Craig Barker wins the NC Best Bus Inspector contest


“I still can’t believe I actually won first place!”

Craig Barker of Wilkes County, since 2014, won the NC Best Bus Inspector Contest at the NCPTA summer conference. Craig received a prize of $500 and a trip to Columbus Ohio in the fall to represent North Carolina at the national competition.

Second Place $300: Ricky Callender – Brunswick

Finishing in second place by one point is Ricky Callender of Brunswick County. Steadily climbing up in positions, Ricky placed fourth in 2016 and received a prize of $300. He will also move on to the national “America Best” competition for the diagnostics event.

Third Place $100: Marc Lail – Rutherford

A fellow veteran of the annual competitions, Marc Lail of Rutherford County took Third Place and a prize of $100.

30 competitors completed a 50 question written test. The top 12 scores proceeded to the practical hands on event. Competitors were challenged to identify as many defects as possible on 3 dummy buses.

The Top 12

Each top twelve contestant received $40.00 cash as a prize along with recognition at the awards ceremony. The following is the top twelve in order:
  1. Craig Barker - Wilkes
  2. Ricky Callender - Brunswick
  3. Marc Lail - Rutherford
  4. Dustin Wells - Pitt
  5. Doug Moose - Catawba
  6. Ralph Trango - Wake
  7. Michael Daughety - Lenoir
  8. Doyle Williams - Brunswick
  9. Earlie Locklear - Robeson
  10. Hiplito Melendez - Jones
  11. Randy Carter - Union
  12. Brian Malvin - Pitt
Thanks, and appreciation to all who entered the contest. Hope to see you next year. NCDPI would like to give a special thankyou to Brunswick County for providing the buses and to NCPTA for their financial support of the competition and winners.