Five professional truck drivers have been selected as finalists for the 2001 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award. The winner will be announced Friday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

The finalists are William Clark of York, PA; Bill Johnson and Bryan Effle of Norfolk, NE; Oscar Gonzalez of Laredo, TX; and Larry "Scott" Travis of Albuquerque, NM.

"We can all feel a little safer knowing there are courageous individuals like these men on our roadways," said Ted Fick, Goodyear's vp for Commercial Tire Systems. "In the 19 years since the inception of the Goodyear Highway Hero program, we have heard about hundreds of truck drivers who placed themselves in harm's way to save someone else, and we believe it is important that they be recognized publicly."

The finalists were selected from state and provincial winners from throughout the United States and Canada. A panel of judges, consisting of members of the trucking and tire trade media, will select the winner.