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FedEx to Send 115 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

July 19, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 19, 2011 – One hundred and fifteen drivers from 45 states representing the FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Orlando, Fla., August 9-13.

Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by qualifying at state-level truck driving championships. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.

“At FedEx, safety is a top priority in every aspect of our business,” said Frederick W. Smith, President, CEO and Chairman, FedEx Corp. “This commitment is evident through the performance of the more than 1,400 FedEx team members who competed in their respective state truck driving championships and of our 115 national finalists.”

Here are some facts about the 2011 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • Collectively, the drivers have 2,202 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the team has safely driven nearly 125 million miles during their careers – enough to circle the globe more than 5,019 times.
  • Sixty-one of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • Fifty-nine of them have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
  • Eleven of them have won five or more state championships. 

At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 450 competitors who will vie for national titles in nine different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pre-trip inspection and field test.

Sean Saxon, owner of Berly Q Inc. domiciled at the FedEx Ground station in Tempe, Ariz., will be competing at his third NTDC. The reigning National Champion in the Step Van class, he has driven professionally for five years without ever having an accident.

“Competing at the NTDC is like playing in the World Series or Super Bowl,” said Saxon. “Winning a national title last year was my most rewarding experience as a professional driver because I competed against the safest drivers from the across the country and came out on top. It’s truly an honor to have earned the right to return to the competition again this year.”

The 2011 FedEx National Truck Driving Championships team includes:

Driver’s Name State Domicile Facility Hometown Class
Kirt Hartshorn AK Fairbanks, Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Step Van
Ross Garner AL Decatur, Ala. Hartselle, Ala. 3-Axle
Martin McDonald AL Spanish Fort, Ala. Mobile, Ala. Flatbed
Gary Ramsey AL Montgomery, Ala. Eclectic, Ala. Step Van
Charlie Salter AL Montgomery, Ala. Prattville, Ala. 4-Axle
Dan Thompson AL Mobile, Ala. Spanish Fort, Ala. Twins
Paul Roe AR Fort Smith, Ark. Van Buren, Ark. Step Van
Russ Norman AZ Tempe, Ariz. Mesa, Ariz. Step Van
Bob Petersen AZ Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix, Ariz. 4-Axle
Sean Saxon AZ Tempe, Ariz. Scottsdale, Ariz. Straight Truck
Scott Watts AZ Phoenix, Ariz. Goodyear, Ariz. 3-Axle
Troy Astrande CA Rialto, Calif. Redlands, Calif. Step Van
Gary Martin CA Sacramento, Calif. Galt, Calif. Twins
Dave Mogler CO Denver, Colo. Brighton, Colo. Twins
Tony Singh CO Denver, Colo. Denver, Colo. Step Van
Paul Swan CO Denver, Colo. Thornton, Colo. 4-Axle
Paul Brandon CT New Haven, Conn. Oxford, Conn. Tank Truck
Tom Griffin CT New Haven, Conn. Wallingford, Conn. 5-Axle
Ed Oakes CT Hartford, Conn. Chicopee, Mass. Twins
Keith Towne CT Norwich, Conn. Charlestown, R.I. Step Van
Cruz Vazquez CT New Haven, Conn. New Haven, Conn. Straight Truck
J.R. Argo DE Salisbury, Md. Ellendale, Del. Step Van
Rick Albritton FL Melbourne, Fla. Palm Bay, Fla. Step Van
Rene Molinary FL Miami, Fla. Coral Springs, Fla. Straight Truck
Greg Sams FL Valdosta, Ga. Ocala, Fla. 3-Axle
Luis Soto FL Hollywood, Fla. Cooper City, Fla. 4-Axle
Kenny Davis GA Atlanta, Ga. Newnan, Ga. 5-Axle Sleeper
llen Sohn IA Des Moines Des Moines, Iowa 4-Axle
Jeremy Alt ID Mountain Home, Idaho Mountain Home, Idaho 4-Axle
Daryl Barnett ID Mountain Home, Idaho Boise, Idaho Straight Truck
Tim Miller ID Mountain Home, Idaho Nampa, Idaho Twins
Randy Schwasinger ID Boise, Idaho Boise, Idaho Step Van
Joe Carson IL Effingham, Ill. Strasburg, Ill. Tank Truck
Shay Gibson IL Effingham, Ill. Arcola, Ill. Step Van
Tony Malloy IN Louisville, Ky. Sellersburg, Ind. Step Van
Dean Harris KS Kansas City, Kan. Edgerton, Kan. Step Van
Don Logan KS Topeka, Kan. Eskridge, Kan. Tank Truck
Clifford McConico KS Kansas City, Kan. Bonner Springs, Kan. Twins
Jay Miller KS Kansas City, Kan. Bonner Springs, Kan. Straight Truck
Jeff Thompson KS Kansas City, Kan. Olathe, Kan. Flatbed
Janet Hoard KY Louisville, Ky. Crestwood, Ky. Straight Truck
Ben Noschang KY Hebron, Ky. Lawrenceburg, Ind. Step Van
David Proctor KY Louisville, Ky. Mount Washington, Ky. 3-Axle
Paul Book LA Lake Charles, La. Lake Charles, La. Step Van
Milton Hebert LA Lafayette, La. Lafayette, La. Tank Truck
Pat Rudesill LA New Orleans, La. Hammond, La. 5-Axle Sleeper
Xavier Theriot LA Shreveport, La. Shreveport, La. Twins
Roland Bolduc MA Windsor Locks, Conn. E. Longmeadow, Mass. Tank Truck
Rich Gray MA Springfield, Mass. W. Springfield, Mass. Twins
Bob Ledoux MA Raynham, Mass. Swansea, Mass. Step Van
Mike Woltz MD Rockville, Md. Germanton, Md. Step Van
John Clouser MI Fremont, Ind. Concord, Mich. 3-Axle
Doug Davidson MI Saginaw, Mich. Saginaw, Mich. Step Van
Mark Duensing MI Toledo, Ohio Taylor, Mich. Twins
Jim Fisher MI Toledo, Ohio Royal Oak, Mich. 5-Axle Sleeper
Paul Butkowski MN St. Cloud, Minn.

Sauk Rapids, Minn.

3-Axle
Chris Rapsch MN White Bear Lake, Minn. Columbia Heights, Minn. Step Van
Mike Hausner MO St. Louis, Mo. O’Fallon, Mo. Step Van
Richard O’Brien MO St. Louis, Mo. Maryland Heights, Mo. 4-Axle
Tommy Boyanton MS Jackson, Miss. Florence, Miss. 3-Axle
Randy Byrd MS Jackson, Miss. Florence, Miss. Twins
Don Smith MS Tupelo, Miss. Tupelo, Miss. Step Van
Erik Lilleberg MT Billings, Mont. Billings, Mont. 3-Axle
Tom Miller MT Billings, Mont. Billings, Mont. Straight Truck
Mike Bills NC Durham, N.C. Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Step Van
Cecil Hicks NC Charlotte, N.C. Norwood, N.C. Flatbed
Joe Honek ND Grand Forks, N.D. E. Grand Forks, Minn. 3-Axle
Chris Tande ND Fargo, N.D. W. Fargo, N.D. Step Van
Andy James NH Manchester, N.H. Derry, N.H. Step Van
Lester Beben NJ South Brunswick, N.J. Parlin, N.J. 5-Axle Sleeper
Jim Erickson NJ Cinnaminson, N.J. Marlton, N.J. 5-Axle
Dave Font NJ Moonachie, N.J. New Brunswick, N.J. Step Van
Louie Hermida NM Lordsburg, N.M. Deming, N.M. Twins
Chris Shaw NM Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque, N.M. Step Van
Chad Stahnke NM Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque, N.M. Straight Truck
Christina Fleury NV Las Vegas, Nev. Las Vegas, Nev. Step Van
Matt Hart NV Elko, Nev. Elko, Nev. 3-Axle
John Lugo NV Las Vegas, Nev. Las Vegas, Nev. Straight Truck
Patrick Nerger NV Reno, Nev. Sparks, Nev. 5-Axle
Gragg Wilson NV Reno, Nev. Verdi, Nev. Tank Truck
Mike Guanciale NY Syracuse, N.Y. Camillus, N.Y. 3-Axle
Randy Merle NY Rochester, N.Y. Leicester, N.Y. 4-Axle
Scott Brown OH Toledo, Ohio Curtice, Ohio 5-Axle Sleeper
Scott Woodrome OH Dayton, Ohio Middletown, Ohio Flatbed
Russell Beachler OK Oklahoma City, Okla. Moore, Okla. 5-Axle
Patrick Corrente OK Lawton, Okla. Lawton, Okla. Step Van
Larry Kendall OK Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa, Okla. 4-Axle
Jerry Lambert OR Portland, Ore. Vancouver, Wash. Twins
Chris Outen OR Portland, Ore. Vancouver, Wash. 3-Axle
Nick Paradiso OR Portland, Ore. Vancouver, Wash. Step Van
Jim Rud OR Portland, Ore. Sandy, Ore. Straight Truck
Dan Shamrell OR Portland, Ore. Battle Ground, Wash. 4-Axle
Chuck DiGiovanni PA Philadelphia, Pa. Norristown, Pa. Step Van
Jerry Avossa SC Charlotte, N.C. Fort Mill, S.C. 3-Axle
Dubby Freeman SC Florence, S.C. Hartsville, S.C. Step Van
Ray Shelton SC Greenville, S.C. Mauldin, S.C. Flatbed
Tommy Winston SC Greenville, S.C. Greenville, S.C. Tank Truck
Mike Whitehead SD Sioux Falls, S.D. Lennox, S.D. Tank Truck
Tony Ellison TN Nashville, Tenn. Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Straight Truck
Dave Magee TN Dresden, Tenn. Huntingdon, Tenn. Tank Truck
James Sheehan TN Nashville, Tenn. Hendersonville, Tenn. Step Van
Aryn Pittawayo TX Fort Worth, Texas Arlington, Texas Step Van
Tamra O’Mealy UT West Valley City, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Step Van
Mark Brundage VA Herndon, Va. Leesburg, Va. Step Van
Andre Kazouh VA Winchester, Va. Carnegie, Pa. 5-Axle
Cass Bresette VT Burlington, Vt. Barre, Vt. 5-Axle Sleeper
Chris Goddard VT Williston, Vt. Burlington, Vt. 5-Axle
Marty Goodell VT Burlington, Vt. Wilmington, Vt. Straight Truck
Bruce Kennedy VT Williston, Vt. Williston, Vt. Step Van
Christopher Novak VT Williston, Vt. Williston, Vt. Flatbed
Bob Hinds WA Everett, Wash. Mt. Vernon, Wash. Step Van
Jim Burmesch WI Milwaukee, Wis. Port Washington, Wis. Flatbed
Tim Cole WI Milwaukee, Wis. Muskego, Wis. Step Van
Bill Adkins WV Huntington, W. Va. South Point, Ohio 4-Axle
Jerry Pugh WV Parkersburg, W. Va. Marietta, Ohio Flatbed

In 2010, drivers representing FedEx captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, 4-Axle, Straight Truck, Twins and Step Van classes. In addition, FedEx drivers earned six additional top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

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