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FedEx to Send 138 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

July 22, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 22, 2014 — 138 drivers from 45 states representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Pittsburgh, August 12-16.  

Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by winning 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.

“FedEx team members are among the safest in the industry, and the number of state finalists at the NTDC exemplifies our commitment to safety,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, FedEx Corp. “I’m proud of the 1,500 FedEx team members that qualified to compete at the state level and the 138 finalists competing at the national level.”

Here are some facts about the 2014 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • Collectively, the drivers have more than 2,900 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the team has safely driven more than 180 million miles during their careers—enough to circle the globe nearly 7,275 times.
  • More than 60 of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • More than 75 have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
  • 20 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 driving-skills challenge.

The 2014 FedEx NTDC team includes:

Driver's Name

State

Domicile Facility

Hometown

Class

Muku Afusia

AK

Anchorage

Anchorage

Straight Truck

Becky Nelson

AK

Anchorage

Anchorage

Step Van

Eric Brockette

AR

Little Rock

Little Rock

Step Van

Debbie Conn

AR

West Memphis

Walls, Miss.

Twins

Ronnie Cotton

AR

Little Rock

Austin

Straight Truck

Adrian Nunez

AZ

Tempe

Chandler

Step Van

Martin Orozco

AZ

Tucson

Tucson

5-Axle

Tim Stanga

AZ

Flagstaff

Flagstaff

Twins

Eric Damon

CA

Monterey

Salinas

Step Van

Augie Lopez

CA

Irvine

Tustin

Straight Truck

Charles Pullen

CA

Oxnard

Ventura

3-Axle

Paul Book

CO

Denver

Aurora

Step Van

Todd Flippin

CO

Springfield

Lamar

4-Axle

Tyler Rogers

CO

Grand Junction

Fruita

Flatbed

Brendan Sharp

CO

Denver

Henderson

Straight Truck

Ralph Tibbetts

CO

Grand Junction

Grand Junction

Twins

Paul Brandon

CT

New Haven

Oxford

Flatbed

Tom Griffin

CT

New Haven

Wallingford

4-Axle

John Sanchez

CT

Windsor Locks

East Hartford

Step Van

Chris Jenkins

DE

Seaford

Laurel

Step Van

Jose Perez

DE

Wilmington

New Castle

3-Axle

Mike Pertain

DE

New Castle

Newark

Straight Truck

Rene Molinary

FL

Miami

Coral Springs

Straight Truck

Eddie Pennington

FL

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

3-Axle

Ron Shaheen

FL

Miami

Miami

Step Van

Jerry Williams

GA

Valdosta

Valdosta

Twins

Daryl Barnett

ID

Boise

Mountain Home

Straight Truck

Scott Beal

ID

Boise

Kuna

Twins

James Neavear

ID

Pocatello

Blackfoot

4-Axle

Michael Perkins

ID

Boise

Emmett

Step Van

Curt Smith

ID

Boise

Idaho City

Tank Truck

Nenko Topalov

IL

Chicago

Elk Grove Village

5-Axle Sleeper

Jimmy Wilson

IL

Effingham

Effingham

Step Van

Rob Book

IN

Louisville, Ky.

Elizabeth

Step Van

Dan House

IN

Lafayette

Lafayette

3-Axle

Dean Harris

KS

Kansas City

Shawnee

Step Van

Troy Lape

KS

Kansas City

Olathe

Tank Truck

Don Logan

KS

Topeka

Eskridge

Twins

Jay Miller

KS

Kansas City

Bonner Springs

3-Axle

Sammy Pelton

KS

St. Joseph

Wathena

4-Axle

Jeff Thompson

KS

Kansas City

Olathe

Flatbed

Jesse Benkert

KY

Louisville

Louisville

Step Van

Dwayne Heaverin

KY

Hebron

Dry Ridge

3-Axle

Eric Courville

LA

Lafayette

Breaux Bridge

3-Axle

Chad Rudesill

LA

Lafayette

Tickfaw

5-Axle

Xavier Theriot

LA

Shreveport

Shreveport

Twins

Joseph Vital

LA

Lafayette

New Iberia

Flatbed

Donnie Williams

LA

Monroe

West Monroe

Step Van

Tom Reinold

MA

West Boylston

Sutton

Step Van

Kathy Van Tassell

MA

East Boston

Chelmsford

4-Axle

Duane Clever

MD

Hagerstown

Greencastle, Pa.

5-Axle Sleeper

T.D. Dawson

MD

Crofton

Severn

Step Van

Greg Hess

MD

Hagerstown

Hedgesville, W.Va.

Twins

Scott Wickstrom

ME

Bangor

Bangor

Step Van

Jim Fisher

MI

Fremont, Ind.

Coldwater

Straight Truck

Steve Vanderwall

MI

Gaylord

Vanderbilt

Twins

Paul Butkowski

MN

St. Cloud

Sauk Rapids

3-Axle

Reggie Copeland

MN

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Brooklyn Park

Straight Truck

Chris Rapsch

MN

Roseville

River Falls, Wis.

Step Van

Tony Fengel

MO

East Kansas City

Kansas City

Twins

Nick Frazier

MO

Joplin

Granby

Step Van

Bobby Lane

MS

Jackson

Clinton

Twins

Don Nehring

MS

Olive Branch

Southaven

5-Axle Sleeper

Don Smith

MS

Tupelo

Tupelo

Step Van

John Smith Jr.

MS

Tupelo

Mooreville

4-Axle

Marty Anzik

MT

Butte

Butte

Twins

Richard Grayson

MT

Billings

Billings

5-Axle

Tracey James

MT

Helena

Helena

Step Van

Erik Lilleberg

MT

Billings

Billings

Tank Truck

Lindsay Smith

MT

Missoula

Alberton

3-Axle

Russ Smith

MT

Missoula

Alberton

5-Axle Sleeper

Mike Bills

NC

Durham

Fuquay-Varina

Straight Truck

Len Coleman

NC

Greensboro

Browns Summit

Twins

Cecil Hicks

NC

Charlotte

Norwood

Tank Truck

James Mraz

NC

Greensboro

Asheboro

Step Van

Basher Pierce

NC

Greensboro

Sophia

3-Axle

Dave Rohman

NC

Charlotte

Matthews

4-Axle

Don Thompson

NC

Charlotte

Monroe

5-Axle Sleeper

Joe Honek

ND

Grand Forks

East Grand Forks, Minn.

Straight Truck

Chris Martens

ND

Fargo

Fargo

Step Van

Scott Meyers

ND

Fargo

Fargo

3-Axle

Gabe Benet

NH

Belmont

Alton Bay

4-Axle

Peter Borges

NH

Londonderry

Wareham, Mass.

3-Axle

Pat Osborn

NH

Londonderry

Candia

Step Van

Artur Lesniowski

NJ

Moonachie

Bloomfield

Flatbed

Bart Masciulli

NJ

Mount Laurel

Philadelphia, Pa.

Step Van

Jim Senor

NJ

Vineland

Franklinville

3-Axle

Dan Bruch

NM

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

5-Axle

Dion Saiz

NM

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

Twins

Jaime Sanchez

NM

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

Straight Truck

Ray Sandoval

NM

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

3-Axle

Chris Shaw

NM

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

Step Van

Brooks Washburn

NM

Albuquerque

Rio Rancho

4-Axle

Eric Flick

NV

Reno

Dayton

Twins

Bob Fini

NV

Las Vegas

Henderson

Straight Truck

Patrick Nerger

NV

Reno

Sparks

5-Axle

Scott Parks

NV

Las Vegas

Henderson

4-Axle

Jose Razo

NV

North Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Step Van

Gragg Wilson

NV

Reno

Reno

3-Axle

Patrick Collins

NY

Corning

Lowman

Step Van

Jim Kohr

NY

Rochester

North Chili

Straight Truck

Steve Brand

OH

Dayton

Union

3-Axle

Andrew Tuck

OH

Dayton

Xenia

Step Van

Scott Woodrome

OH

Dayton

Middletown

5-Axle

Justin Kingsley

OK

Tulsa

Skiatook

Step Van

Randy Reed

OK

Tulsa

Broken Arrow

3-Axle

Wade Wolfenkoehler

OK

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

4-Axle

Ted Carlson

OR

Portland

Vancouver, Wash.

4-Axle

Ryan Dalke

OR

Medford

Medford

Step Van

Curt Davis

OR

Portland

Gresham

5-Axle

Chris Outen

OR

Portland

Vancouver, Wash.

Twins

Dan Shamrell

OR

Portland

Battle Ground, Wash.

3-Axle

Ken Fream

PA

York

Hanover

Step Van

David Lumpkin

RI

Warwick

Ashaway

Straight Truck

Keith Towne

RI

Warwick

Charlestown

Step Van

Brian McFaden

SC

Columbia

Lexington

Step Van

Ray Shelton

SC

Greenville/Spartanburg

Simpsonville

Tank Truck

Steve Ward

SC

Greer

Woodruff

3-Axle

Rachel Bothwell

SD

Rapid City

Rapid City

Flatbed

Brian Cusson

SD

Rapid City

Box Elder

Tank Truck

Dave Magee

TN

Dresden

Huntingdon

Flatbed

Justin Richey

TN

Knoxville

Knoxville

Step Van

Christy Tolbert

TX

Fort Worth

Richland Hills

Step Van

Dan Brophy

UT

Provo

Mapleton

Step Van

Mike Williams

UT

Salt Lake City

Kearns

Straight Truck

Mark Brundage

VA

Dulles

Leesburg

Straight Truck

Greg Long

VA

Herndon

Frederick, Md.

Step Van

David Fountain

VT

Williston

Essex

Flatbed

Chris Goddard

VT

Williston

Burlington

3-Axle

Bob Hinds

WA

Everett

Mount Vernon

Step Van

Guy Frederickson

WI

Oshkosh

Freedom

Straight Truck

Dennis Love

WI

La Crosse

Rockland

Step Van

Duane Staveness

WI

Mauston

Portage

5-Axle

Bill Adkins

WV

Huntington

South Point, Ohio

5-Axle Sleeper

Kevin Asbury

WV

Charleston

Leon

3-Axle

Stephen Estep

WV

Charleston

Marmet

Step Van

Jamey Priddy

WV

Charleston

Charleston

Straight Truck

Don Young

WV

Charleston

Nitro

Twins

 

In 2013, 133 driving professionals from 46 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and FedEx SupplyChain qualified to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships by winning their respective state's competition and driving accident-free for at least one year. Three FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle and Step Van classes. Nine other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

 

About FedEx

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

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