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Five Fedex Drivers Earn Honors at the Missouri State Truck Driving Championship

June 9, 2008

MEMPHIS – June 9, 2008 – Five St. Louis-based drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the winners at the 2008 Missouri State Truck Driving Championship in Joplin on June 7.

  • Larry O’Neal, a driver for FedEx National LTL, captured the top spot in the Twins class. He also took home the coveted Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of each class.
  • FedEx Express driver John Barney won the 3-Axle class.
  • FedEx Freight drivers Robert Elder and Michael Hausner finished second in the Straight Truck and 3-Axle classes, respectively.
  • Greg Kauffmann, a driver for FedEx Express, took third place in the Straight Truck class.

O’Neal and Barney will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2008 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as the “Super Bowl of Safety” August 20-23 in Houston. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge. 

The Missouri State Truck Driving Championship is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and commitment to safety. The event includes a difficult driving skill test, pre-trip inspection, personal interview and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.

In 2007, a record 78 driving professionals from 38 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Global Supply Chain Services 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. FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed and Straight Truck classes and the NTDC Rookie of the Year honor. In addition, FedEx drivers earned five additional top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

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