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Six FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the South Dakota State Truck Driving Championship

May 20, 2008

MEMPHIS – May 19, 2008 – Six drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the winners at the 2008 South Dakota State Truck Driving Championship in Sioux Falls on May 16-17.

  • Troy Swenson, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Watertown, captured the top spot in the 5-Axle Sleeper class to earn his third state title in six years. He also posted the best score for both the Pre-Trip Inspection and Written Exam portions of the competition.
  • Sioux Falls-based FedEx Freight drivers Jere Rions and Mike Whitehead finished second in the 3-Axle and 5-Axle classes, respectively.
  • Shawn Wiedman, a driver for FedEx Freight domiciled in Rapid City, was second in the Twins class.
  • Guy Bakke, a driver for FedEx Ground contractor Urban Noethe, placed second in the Tank Truck class. He is based in Sioux Falls.
  • Scott Zwach, a driver for FedEx Ground contractor Butch Trucking in Sioux Falls, finished third in the Twins class.

Swenson 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 South Dakota 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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