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FedEx To Send 132 Drivers To National Truck Driving Championships

132 drivers from 46 states representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Salt Lake City, August 20-24.

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.

“The commitment to safety that our team members have is exemplified in the number of state finalists competing at the National Truck Driving Championships,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corp. “The 132 finalists are just a small representation of the more than 1,300 team members that competed at their respective state truck driving championship.”

Here are some facts about the 2013 FedEx NTDC competitors:
  • Collectively, the drivers have more than 2,700 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the team has safely driven more than 169 million miles during their careers—enough to circle the globe nearly 6,700 times.
  • More than 75 of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • More than 70 have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
  • 25 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 2013 FedEx NTDC team includes:

 

Driver's Name
  State     Domicile Facility   Hometown   Class

Ron Bernier
  AK     Anchorage   Anchorage   Step Van

Doug Rickel
  AK     Anchorage   Anchorage   Straight Truck

Dan Thompson
  AL     Mobile   Spanish Fort   Twins

Richard Pratt
  AL     Birmingham   Gardendale   Straight Truck

James Sanders
  AR     West Memphis   Enid, Miss.   3-Axle

Larry Rhein
  AR     Harrison   Harrison   Flatbed

Timo Geary
  AR     Fayetteville   Springdale   Step Van

Mohammed Khan
  AZ     Tucson   Sahuarita   Twins

Russ Norman
  AZ     Tempe   Mesa   Step Van

Armando Camacho
  CA     Oakland   Hayward   4-Axle

Augie Lopez
  CA     Irvine   Tustin   Straight Truck

Jose Lopez
  CA     Burbank   Sylmar   Step Van

Tony Singh
  CO     Denver   Thornton   Step Van

Brendan Sharp
  CO     Denver   Henderson   Straight Truck

Ted Hunger
  CO     Denver   Thornton   Flatbed

Todd Flippin
  CO     Springfield   Lamar   Twins

Tony Harris
  CT     New Haven   West Haven   Twins

Glen Cooke
  CT     East Hartford   Enfield   Step Van

Karen Roderick
  CT     Hartford   Willington   Straight Truck

Paul Brandon
  CT     New Haven   Oxford   Flatbed

Tom Griffin
  CT     New Haven   Wallingford   4-Axle

A.J. Phillips
  DE     Newark   Swords Creek, Va.   5-Axle

Billy Tuell
  DE     Wilmington   Elkton, Md.   Twins

Chris Jenkins
  DE     Seaford   Salisbury, Md.   Step Van

Lou Lockard
  DE     Wilmington   Elkton, Md.   4-Axle

Mike Pertain
  DE     New Castle   Newark   Straight Truck

Eddie Pennington
  FL     Jacksonville   Jacksonville   Tank

Gus Hess
  FL     Orlando   Kissimmee   3-Axle

Jeff Yoder
  FL     Brandenton   Sarasota   Step Van

Neil Ramlochan
  FL     Orlando   Orlando   Twins

Paul Cleary
  FL     Orlando   St. Cloud   5-Axle Sleeper

Tony Office
  FL     Tampa   Brandon   Straight Truck

Curt Smith
  ID     Boise   Idaho City   Tank

Matt Housley
  ID     Boise   Caldwell   3-Axle

Mike Perkins
  ID     Boise   Emmett   Step Van

Dave Nunn
  IL     Bolingbrook   Shorewood   3-Axle

Ivan Nikolic
  IL     Chicago   Chicago   5-Axle

Joe Carson
  IL     Effingham   Strasburg   Flatbed

Ritch Fundell
  IL     Peru   Tonica   4-Axle

Steve VerCande
  IL     Carol Stream   Burlington   Step Van

Rob Book
  IN     Louisville, Ky.   Elizabeth   Step Van

Steven Shepler
  IN     Muncie   Anderson   5-Axle Sleeper

Troy Davis
  IN     Michigan City   LaPort   Straight Truck

Dan Jones
  KS     Topeka   Topeka   Straight Truck

Don Logan
  KS     Topeka   Eskridge   Flatbed

Jeff Thompson
  KS     Kansas City   Olathe   3-Axle

Doug Adams
  KY     Hebron   Hebron   5-Axle

Gus Kern
  KY     Cincinnati, Ohio   Bellevue   Step Van

Rick Livingston
  KY     Louisville   English, Ind.   Straight Truck

Wayne Crowder
  KY     Louisville   Lanesville, Ind.   Flatbed

Eric Courville
  LA     Lafayette   Breaux Bridge   3-Axle

Keith Weaver
  LA     Alexandria   Alexandria   Step Van

Pat Rudesill
  LA     New Orleans   Hammond   5-Axle

Bob Ledoux
  MA     Raynham   Swansea   Step Van

Dan Hebert
  MA     Avon   E. Taunton   Twins

Roland Bolduc
  MA     Windsor, Conn.   E. Longmeadow   3-Axle

Duane Clever
  MD     Hagerstown   Green Castle, Pa.   5-Axle Sleeper

Mike Forchetti
  MD     Rockville   Frederick   Step Van

Bob Cochran
  ME     Augusta   Winthrop   Step Van

Rick Bailey
  MI     Warren   Macomb   3-Axle

Bob Sikes
  MI     Toledo, Ohio   Monroe   Twins

Bill Pudney
  MN     St. Paul   Minneapolis   Straight Truck

Chris Rapsch
  MN     St. Paul   River Falls, Wis.   Step Van

Jason Budd
  MO     Springfield   Clever   Twins

Mike Meyer
  MO     St. Louis   Fenton   3-Axle

Steve Campbell
  MO     Joplin   Webb City   Step Van

Danny Mackey
  MS     Tupelo   Blue Springs   Twins

Don Smith
  MS     Tupelo   Tupelo   Step Van

Jason Matte
  MS     Jackson   Flowood   Tank

Kenny Neal
  MS     Olive Branch   Southaven   5-Axle

Craig DeCelles
  MT     Great Falls   Great Falls   Step Van

Erik Lilleberg
  MT     Billings   Billings   Tank

Keith Linn
  MT     Butte   Philipsburg   Twins

Richard Grayson
  MT     Billings   Billings   4-Axle

Russ Smith
  MT     Missoula   Alberton   3-Axle

Dave Rohman
  NC     Charlotte   Matthews   4-Axle

Karen Wigand
  NC     Greensboro   Kernersville   Step Van

Mike Bills
  NC     Durham   Fuquay-Varina   Straight Truck

Chris Kraft
  ND     Fargo   Fargo   Step Van

Jason Handeland
  ND     Fargo   Fargo   5-Axle Sleeper

Robert Benson
  ND     Grand Forks   Grand Forks   5-Axle

George Chaney
  NE     Aurora   Lincoln   Flatbed

John Poppen
  NE     Grand Island   Giltner   4-Axle

Korey Clifton
  NE     Omaha   Omaha   Step Van

Ed Gertz
  NH     Londonderry   Dracut, Mass.   Step Van

Paul Robichaud
  NH     Londonderry   Manchester   Flatbed

Artur Lesniowski
  NJ     Moonachie   Bloomfield   Step Van

Gabe Benet
  NJ     South Brunswick   Litchfield, Conn.   4-Axle

Brooks Washburn
  NM     Albuquerque   Rio Rancho   5-Axle

Chris Shaw
  NM     Albuquerque   Albuquerque   Straight Truck

Eric Kurowski
  NM     Albuquerque   Albuquerque   Step Van

Arthur Corral
  NV     Las Vegas   Las Vegas   Straight Truck

Bob Cromley
  NV     North Las Vegas   Las Vegas   Step Van

Gragg Wilson
  NV     Reno   Reno   Tank

Jeff Dionne
  NV     South Las Vegas   Henderson   3-Axle

Kirk Kelley
  NV     Reno   Reno   4-Axle

Mark McLean
  NY     Newburgh   Gardener   Twins

Patrick Collins
  NY     Corning   Baldwin   Step Van

Jim McNulty Jr
  OH     Cincinnati   Newtown   Step Van

Scott Woodrome
  OH     Dayton   Middletown   5-Axle Sleeper

Justin Kingsley
  OK     Tulsa   Tulsa   Step Van

Ted Carlson
  OR     Portland   Vancouver, Wash.   4-Axle

Jerry Lambert
  OR     Portland   Vancouver, Wash.   Twins

Jason Morier
  OR     Salem   Scio   Step Van

Sal Vincelli
  PA     Allentown   Bethlehem   Step Van

David Lumpkin
  RI     Warwick   Ashaway   Straight Truck

Karen Tierney
  RI     Warwick   Blackstone, Mass.   3-Axle

Nick Sionni
  RI     Warwick   Coventry   Step Van

Brian McFaden
  SC     Columbia   Lexington   Step Van

Ray Shelton
  SC     Greenville/Spartanburg   Simpsonville   Tank

Brian Cusson
  SD     Rapid City   Box Elder   Tank

Chad Vermundson
  SD     Rapid City   Rapid City   3-Axle

Mike Whitehead
  SD     Sioux Falls   Lennox   Flatbed

Troy Swenson
  SD     Watertown   Hayti   Twins

Dave Magee
  TN     Dresden   Huntingdon   Flatbed

James Apodaca
  TN     Knoxville   Powell   Step Van

James Dean
  TX     Wichita Falls   Wichita Falls   Step Van

Dan Brophy
  UT     Provo   Mapleton   Step Van

Bobby Dinwiddie
  VA     Roanoke   Bedford   Flatbed

Daniel Woods
  VA     Christiansburg   Shawsville   Step Van

Bob Weller
  VT     Bellows Falls   Charlestown, N.H.   3-Axle

Chris Goddard
  VT     Burlington   Burlington   4-Axle

Christopher Novak
  VT     Burlington   Williston   5-Axle

David Fountain
  VT     Burlington   Essex Junction   Flatbed

Jeremiah Jarvis
  VT     Montpelier   Chelsea   Twins

Bob Hinds
  WA     Everett   Mount Vernon   Step Van

Jim Burmesch
  WI     Milwaukee   Port Washington   3-Axle

Brent Glasenapp
  WI     Milwaukee   Franklin   Straight Truck

Tom Schroeder
  WI     Madison   Fort Atkinson   Step Van

Jamey Priddy
  WV     Charleston   Charleston   Step Van

Kevin Asbury
  WV     Charleston   Leon   3-Axle

Vince May
  WV     Huntington   Russell, Ky.   Twins
         

In 2012, 137 driving professionals from 46 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and FedEx Custom Critical 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. One FedEx competitor captured the National Grand Champion title. In addition, FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, and Step Van classes. Eight other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

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