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FedEx to Send a Record 174 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

Competitors Reflect FedEx Commitment to Safety and Professionalism

July 27, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 27, 2016FedEx Corp (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will send 174 drivers from each of the 50 states to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Indianapolis August 9-13.  This is the largest number of drivers that FedEx has ever sent to the national competition.

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.

“Our mission statement says that safety will be the first consideration in all our operations.” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corp.  “The accomplishments of these 174 finalists and the almost 2,000 drivers that competed at the state truck driving championship level serve as tremendous examples of the FedEx commitment to safety.”

Here are some facts about the 2016 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • For the first time, FedEx will be represented by drivers from all 50 states at NTDC.
  • These 174 drivers have more than 3,800 years of professional driving experience and more than 230 million safe driving miles among them.
  • More than 100 FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • At least 100 drivers representing FedEx have accumulated one million or more accident-free miles.
  • 32 FedEx competitors have won five or more state championships.
  • 13 of this year’s Team FedEx drivers have previously won national 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 2016 FedEx NTDC team includes:

Driver’s NameStateDomicile MarketHometownClass
Muku AfusiaAKAnchorageAnchorage, AK3-Axle
Ron BernierAKAnchorageAnchorage, AKStep Van
Doug RickelAKAnchorageAnchorage, AKStraight Truck
Ross GarnerALDecaturHartselle, ALTank Truck
Darrell KimbrellALBirminghamMcCalla, ALTwins
Chason NorrisALMontgomeryMarbury, ALStep Van
Tim StaplesALBirminghamPell City, ALFlatbed
Dan ThompsonALMobileSpanish Fort, ALStraight Truck
Tyler BrownARFayettevilleGentry, ARStep Van
Jeff CochranARTexarkanaTexarkana, TX4-Axle
Larry RheinARHarrisonHarrison, ARTwins
Robin SamsARTexarkanaTexarkana, AR3-Axle
Albert OchoaAZTucsonTuscon, AZ3-Axle
Andres OrozcoAZTucsonTucson, AZ4-Axle
Michael OrtizAZChandlerPhoenix, AZStep Van
Charlie WoodlandAZNorth PhoenixSurprise, AZStraight Truck
Eric DamonCAMontereySalinas, CAStep Van
Eddie GuerreroCAFresnoFresno, CAStraight Truck
Matthew AllisonCODenverCommerce City, COStep Van
Rich MerichCODenverLochbuie, COFlatbed
Dave MoglerCODenverBrighton, COTwins
Ralph TibbettsCOGrand JunctionGrand Junction, CO5-Axle
Troy WrightCOGrand JunctionGrand Junction, CO4-Axle
Paul BrandonCTNew HavenOxford, CTTank Truck
Glen CookeCTEast HartfordEnfield, CTStep Van
John GreeneCTNew HavenTorrington, CT5-Axle
Drew MartinCTNorth HavenWest Haven, CTStraight Truck
Cruz VazquezCTNew HavenNew Haven, CT4-Axle
Chris JenkinsDESalisburyLaurel, DEStep Van
Joe McConkeyDEWilmingtonColora, MD5-Axle
Billy TuellDEWilmingtonElkton, MDTwins
Brian CobbFLOcalaOcala, FLStep Van
Denny JohnsonFLTampaSan Antonio, FLStraight Truck
Eddie PenningtonFLJacksonvilleJacksonville, FLFlatbed
Jerry WilliamsGAValdostaValdosta, GATwins
Steve HaskillHIKailua KonaWaimea, HIStep Van
Chad OlsonHIHonoluluMililani, HIStraight Truck
Allen SohnIADes MoinesDes Moines, IA4-Axle
Scott BealIDBoiseKuna, IDTwins
Randy SchwasingerIDBoiseBoise, IDStep Van
Alan StacyIDBoiseBoise, IDStraight Truck
Tim BanasiakILPeruPeru, IL5-Axle Sleeper
Ritch FundellILPeruTonica, IL4-Axle
Scott HepnerILChicagoBartlett, ILTank Truck
Jimmy WilsonILEffinghamEffingham, ILStep Van
Bruce SchweringINIndianapolisSt. Paul, IN5-Axle
Tim HelusKSWichitaBuhler, KSTwins
Richie JohnsonKSKansas CityOlathe, KSStep Van
Don LoganKSTopekaEskridge, KSFlatbed
Doug AdamsKYHebronHebron, KY3-Axle
Jesse BenkertKYLouisvilleLouisville, KYStraight Truck
Mark CampbellKYHebronMilford, OHTank Truck
John WillingerKYLouisvilleLouisville, KY4-Axle
Joey BrownLABaton RougeZachary, LA3-Axle
Eric CourvilleLALafayetteBreaux Bridge, LA5-Axle Sleeper
Cheramie Courville-FinnanLALafayetteBreaux Bridge, LAStep Van
Mark JudsonLALafayetteMaurice, LATwins
Corey MitchellLAShreveportShreveport, LAStraight Truck
Kyle MitchellLABaton RougeBaton Rouge, LATank Truck
Xavier TheriotLAShreveportShreveport, LA4-Axle
Roland BolducMAWindsor, CTLongmeadow, MA5-Axle Sleeper
Bill ColantuoneMARaynhamNorton, MAStraight Truck
Bob LedouxMARaynhamSwansea, MAStep Van
T.D. DawsonMDCroftonGlen Burnie, MDStep Van
Chester MasserMDHagerstownHagerstown, MDFlatbed
Scott WickstromMEBangorBangor, MEStep Van
Dan BadalamenteMIWarrenClinton Township, MIFlatbed
Rick BaileyMIWarrenMacomb, MIStraight Truck
John ClouserMIFremontConcord, MI3-Axle
Ron MetternickMIGrand RapidsLowell, MI4-Axle
Reggie CopelandMNMinneapolis / St. PaulBrooklyn Park, MN3-Axle
Rob JankeMNMinneapolis / St. PaulBlaine, MN4-Axle
Steve OrrMNRosevilleMinnetonka, MNStep Van
Bill PudneyMNRosevilleMinneapolis, MNStraight Truck
Jason BuddMOSpringfieldNixa, MOTwins
Steve CampbellMOJoplinWebb City, MOStep Van
Jim HoughtonMOKansas CityGower, MOStraight Truck
Gary CumberlandMSJacksonFlora, MS4-Axle
Bobby LaneMSJacksonClinton, MS3-Axle
James McNeillMSNortheast MemphisOlive Branch, MSTwins
Don SmithMSTupeloTupelo, MSStep Van
John Smith, Jr.MSTupeloMooreville, MSTank Truck
Tracey JamesMTHelenaHelena, WAStep Van
Tom MillerMTBillingsBillings, MTTwins
Russ SmithMTMissoulaAlberton, MT3-Axle
Rich WaymanMTBillingsBillings, MTStraight Truck
Gus KernNCConcordMooresville, NCStep Van
Harry LeonardNCGreensboroWinston-Salem, NCStraight Truck
Chris SpurlinNCAshevilleFletcher, NC5-Axle Sleeper
Rick HartleibNDMinotMinot, NDStraight Truck
Rob NygaardNDFargo/MoorheadFargo, ND4-Axle
Dan NygordNDGrand ForksGrand Forks, NDStep Van
Chris ScholandNDFargo/MoorheadWest Fargo, ND5-Axle
Toby KortNEAuroraAurora, NE5-Axle
Adam StroupNEOmahaCouncil Bluffs, IAStep Van
Robert FairNHBelmontSanbornton, NH4-Axle
Paul McNuttNHLondonderryNashua, NHStraight Truck
Charles PutnamNHLondonderryManchester, NHStep Van
Norman SullivanNHLondonderryLondonderry, NHFlatbed
Les BebenNJSouth BrunswickParlin, NJ4-Axle
Jorge CardozaNJNewarkElizabeth, NJStraight Truck
Carlos ChavarriagaNJSouth NewarkElizabeth, NJTank Truck
Omar GonzalezNJCinnaminsonPennsauken, NJ5-Axle
Artur LesniowskiNJMoonachieHasbrouck Heights, NJFlatbed
Elvin OrtizNJMoonachieDumont, NJStep Van
Joe WhiteNJNewarkKeansburg, NJTwins
Dan BruchNMAlbuquerqueAlburquerque, NM5-Axle
Isac ChavollaNMAlbuquerqueTijeras, NMStep Van
Dion SaizNMAlbuquerqueAlburquerque, NM3-Axle
Ray SandovalNMAlbuquerqueAlburquerque, NMTwins
Chris ShawNMAlbuquerqueAlburquerque, NMStraight Truck
Greg CombsNVLas VegasNorth Las Vegas, NVStep Van
Bob FiniNVLas VegasHenderson, NVStraight Truck
Matt HartNVElkoElko, NV3-Axle
Patrick NergerNVRenoSparks, NV5-Axle
Craig PoupeneyNVRenoFernley, NVFlatbed
Jeff EvansNYSyracusePennellville, NYStep Van
Jim KohrNYRochesterNorth Chili, NY5-Axle
David WatsonNYNewburghGlen Spey, NYTank Truck
Brett BrunkenhoeferOHYoungstownYoungstown, OH3-Axle
Bryan ElgesOHYoungstownAshland, OH5-Axle Sleeper
Andrew TuckOHDaytonXenia, OHStraight Truck
Scott WoodromeOHDaytonMiddletown, OHFlatbed
Curtis HarpoleOKOklahoma CityOklahoma City, OKStep Van
Larry KendallOKTulsaTulsa, OK5-Axle
Roscoe PurvisOKOklahoma CityJones, OKTank Truck
Randy CraftsORMedfordCentral Point, ORTank Truck
Curt DavisORPortlandGresham, OR3-Axle
Lalo FernandezORPortlandBattle Ground, WA5-Axle Sleeper
Brad LesterORPortlandHappy Valley, ORFlatbed
Chris OutenORPortlandVancouver, WAStraight Truck
Ryan SchmutzerORPortlandBeaverton, ORStep Van
Dave SiemerORMedfordGrants Pass, ORTwins
Sal VincelliPAAllentownBethlehem, PAStep Van
Rob BurdettRIProvidenceNorth Attleborough, MATwins
David LumpkinRIWarwickHopkinton, RIStraight Truck
Karen TierneyRIWarwickBlackstone, MA3-Axle
Keith TowneRIWarwickCharlestown, RIStep Van
Eddie DaysSCHilton Head IslandBluffton, SCStep Van
Ray SheltonSCGreenville / SpartanburgSimpsonville, SCFlatbed
Steve WardSCGreerWoodruff, SC4-Axle
Rachel BothwellSDRapid CityRapid City, SD4-Axle
Marty KraftSDRapid CityRapid City, SDTank Truck
Jay LoveSDSioux FallsDavis, SDFlatbed
Jason SkotvoldSDSioux FallsSioux Falls, SD3-Axle
Virgil ThiewesSDWatertownGoodwin, SDStraight Truck
Mke WhiteheadSDSioux FallsLennox, SD5-Axle Sleeper
Jeff BartonTNNashvilleMount Juliet, TN5-Axle Sleeper
James SheehanTNNashvilleHendersonville, TNStep Van
Jamie SowderTNJacksonToone, TNFlatbed
Jeff StinsonTNKingsportBlountville, TNTank Truck
Ignacio RodriguezTXSpringHouston, TXStep Van
Manny TrevinoTXHarlingenSan Benito, TXTwins
Lonnie ChristensenUTHurricaneToquerville, UTStraight Truck
Steven ClarkUTSalt Lake CityBountiful, UT3-Axle
Mike KellyUTSalt Lake CityDraper, UTTwins
Shawn MarshallUTProvoAmerican Fork, UTStep Van
Glenn SpringerUTSalt Lake CityLehi, UT4-Axle
Daniel WoodsVAChristiansburgShawsville, VAStep Van
Jason CaronVTBellows FallsBellows Falls, VT4-Axle
Jeremiah JarvisVTMontpelierChelsea, VTTwins
Chuck KillianVTSt. JohnsburyPassumpsic, VTStraight Truck
Christopher NovakVTWillistonWilliston, VT5-Axle
Chris HemmingWATacomaTacoma, WAStraight Truck
Cedric PackWASeattlePuyallup, WA3-Axle
Darrell SheltonWAPascoRichland, WA4-Axle
Vic SkoglundWAEverettMonroe, WATank Truck
John WhiteWASeattleDuvall, WA5-Axle Sleeper
Brent GlasenappWIMilwaukeeFranklin, WIStraight Truck
Jamey PriddyWVCharlestonCharleston, WVTwins
Franklin VanceWVCharlestonChapmanville, WVStep Van
Derek GorrellWYRock SpringsFort Bridger, WYStraight Truck
Al MacDonaldWYCasperPowell, WYStep Van
Chris PriorWYWamsutterGreeley, COFlatbed

 

In 2015, 151 driving professionals from 48 states representing FedEx Express, FedEx Freight and FedEx Ground qualified to compete at the NTDC by winning their respective state’s competition and driving accident-free for at least one year.  Five drivers representing FedEx captured National Champion titles.  In addition, a FedEx Freight driver was named National Rookie of the Year and nine other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.  With 40 National Champion, three National Grand Champion and five Rookie of the Year titles in the past 13 years, Team FedEx has established a reputation for excellence at the NTDC.

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