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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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