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FedEx To Send 138 Drivers To National Truck Driving Championships

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138 drivers from 45 states representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Pittsburgh, August 12-16.

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.

“FedEx team members are among the safest in the industry, and the number of state finalists at the NTDC exemplifies our commitment to safety,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, FedEx Corp. “I’m proud of the 1,500 FedEx team members that qualified to compete at the state level and the 138 finalists competing at the national level.”

Here are some facts about the 2014 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • Collectively, the drivers have more than 2,900 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the team has safely driven more than 180 million miles during their careers—enough to circle the globe nearly 7,275 times.
  • More than 60 of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • More than 75 have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
  • 20 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 2014 FedEx NTDC team includes:

Driver's Name   State   Domicile Facility   Hometown   Class

Muku Afusia

AK Anchorage Anchorage Straight Truck

Becky Nelson

AK Anchorage Anchorage Step Van
Eric Brockette AR Little Rock Little Rock Step Van

Debbie Conn

AR West Memphis Walls, Miss. Twins
Ronnie Cotton AR Little Rock Austin Straight Truck
Adrian Nunez AZ Tempe Chandler Step Van
Martin Orozco AZ Tucson Tucson 5-Axle
Tim Stanga AZ Flagstaff Flagstaff Twins
Eric Damon CA Monterey Salinas Step Van
Augie Lopez CA Irvine Tustin Straight Truck
Charles Pullen CA Oxnard Ventura 3-Axle
Paul Book CO Denver Aurora Step Van
Todd Flippin CO Springfield Lamar 4-Axle
Tyler Rogers CO Grand Junction Fruita Flatbed
Brendan Sharp CO Denver Henderson Straight Truck
Ralph Tibbetts CO Grand Junction Grand Junction Twins
Paul Brandon CT New Haven Oxford Flatbed
Tom Griffin CT New Haven Wallingford 4-Axle
John Sanchez CT Windsor Locks East Hartford Step Van
Chris Jenkins DE Seaford Laurel Step Van
Jose Perez DE Wilmington New Castle 3-Axle
Mike Pertain DE New Castle Newark Straight Truck
Rene Molinary FL Miami Coral Springs Straight Truck
Eddie Pennington FL Jacksonville Jacksonville 3-Axle
Ron Shaheen FL Miami Miami Step Van
Jerry Williams GA Valdosta Valdosta Twins
Daryl Barnett ID Boise Mountain Home Straight Truck
Scott Beal ID Boise Kuna Twins
James Neavear ID Pocatello Blackfoot 4-Axle
Michael Perkins ID Boise Emmett Step Van
Curt Smith ID Boise Idaho City Tank Truck
Nenko Topalov IL Chicago Elk Grove Village 5-Axle Sleeper
Jimmy Wilson IL Effingham Effingham Step Van
Rob Book IN Louisville, Ky. Elizabeth Step Van
Dan House IN Lafayette Lafayette 3-Axle
Dean Harris KS Kansas City Shawnee Step Van
Troy Lape KS Kansas City Olathe Tank Truck
Don Logan KS Topeka Eskridge Twins
Jay Miller KS Kansas City Bonner Springs 3-Axle
Sammy Pelton KS St. Joseph Wathena 4-Axle
Jeff Thompson KS Kansas City Olathe Flatbed
Jesse Benkert KY Louisville Louisville Step Van
Dwayne Heaverin KY Hebron Dry Ridge 3-Axle

Eric Courville

LA Lafayette Breaux Bridge 3-Axle
Chad Rudesill LA Lafayette Tickfaw 5-Axle

Xavier Theriot

LA Shreveport Shreveport Twins
Joseph Vital LA Lafayette New Iberia Flatbed
Donnie Williams LA Monroe West Monroe Step Van
Tom Reinold MA West Boylston Sutton Step Van
Kathy Van Tassell MA East Boston Chelmsford 4-Axle
Duane Clever MD Hagerstown Greencastle, Pa. 5-Axle Sleeper
T.D. Dawson MD Crofton Severn Step Van
Greg Hess MD Hagerstown Hedgesville, W.Va. Twins
Scott Wickstrom ME Bangor Bangor Step Van
Jim Fisher MI Fremont, Ind. Coldwater Straight Truck
Steve Vanderwall MI Gaylord Vanderbilt Twins
Paul Butkowski MN St. Cloud Sauk Rapids 3-Axle
Reggie Copeland MN Minneapolis/St. Paul Brooklyn Park Straight Truck
Chris Rapsch MN Roseville River Falls, Wis. Step Van
Tony Fengel MO East Kansas City Kansas City Twins
Nick Frazier MO Joplin Granby Step Van
Bobby Lane MS Jackson Clinton Twins
Don Nehring MS Olive Branch Southaven 5-Axle Sleeper
Don Smith MS Tupelo Tupelo Step Van
John Smith Jr. MS Tupelo Mooreville 4-Axle
Marty Anzik MT Butte Butte Twins
Richard Grayson MT Billings Billings 5-Axle
Tracey James MT Helena Helena Step Van
Erik Lilleberg MT Billings Billings Tank Truck
Lindsay Smith MT Missoula Alberton 3-Axle
Russ Smith MT Missoula Alberton 5-Axle Sleeper
Mike Bills NC Durham Fuquay-Varina Straight Truck
Len Coleman NC Greensboro Browns Summit Twins
Cecil Hicks NC Charlotte Norwood Tank Truck
James Mraz NC Greensboro Asheboro Step Van
Basher Pierce NC Greensboro Sophia 3-Axle
Dave Rohman NC Charlotte Matthews 4-Axle
Don Thompson NC Charlotte Monroe 5-Axle Sleeper
Joe Honek ND Grand Forks East Grand Forks, Minn. Straight Truck
Chris Martens ND Fargo Fargo Step Van
Scott Meyers ND Fargo Fargo 3-Axle
Gabe Benet NH Belmont Alton Bay 4-Axle
Peter Borges NH Londonderry Wareham, Mass. 3-Axle
Pat Osborn NH Londonderry Candia Step Van
Artur Lesniowski NJ Moonachie Bloomfield Flatbed
Bart Masciulli NJ Mount Laurel Philadelphia, Pa. Step Van
Jim Senor NJ Vineland Franklinville 3-Axle
Dan Bruch NM Albuquerque Albuquerque 5-Axle
Dion Saiz NM Albuquerque Albuquerque Twins
Jaime Sanchez NM Albuquerque Albuquerque Straight Truck
Ray Sandoval NM Albuquerque Albuquerque 3-Axle
Chris Shaw NM Albuquerque Albuquerque Step Van
Brooks Washburn NM Albuquerque Rio Rancho 4-Axle
Eric Flick NV Reno Dayton Twins
Bob Fini NV Las Vegas Henderson Straight Truck
Patrick Nerger NV Reno Sparks 5-Axle
Scott Parks NV Las Vegas Henderson 4-Axle
Jose Razo NV North Las Vegas Las Vegas Step Van
Gragg Wilson NV Reno Reno 3-Axle
Patrick Collins NY Corning Lowman Step Van
Jim Kohr NY Rochester North Chili Straight Truck
Steve Brand OH Dayton Union 3-Axle
Andrew Tuck OH Dayton Xenia Step Van
Scott Woodrome OH Dayton Middletown 5-Axle
Justin Kingsley OK Tulsa Skiatook Step Van
Randy Reed OK Tulsa Broken Arrow 3-Axle
Wade Wolfenkoehler OK Oklahoma City Oklahoma City 4-Axle
Ted Carlson OR Portland Vancouver, Wash. 4-Axle
Ryan Dalke OR Medford Medford Step Van
Curt Davis OR Portland Gresham 5-Axle
Chris Outen OR Portland Vancouver, Wash. Twins
Dan Shamrell OR Portland Battle Ground, Wash. 3-Axle
Ken Fream PA York Hanover Step Van
David Lumpkin RI Warwick Ashaway Straight Truck
Keith Towne RI Warwick Charlestown Step Van
Brian McFaden SC Columbia Lexington Step Van
Ray Shelton SC Greenville/Spartanburg Simpsonville Tank Truck
Steve Ward SC Greer Woodruff 3-Axle
Rachel Bothwell SD Rapid City Rapid City Flatbed
Brian Cusson SD Rapid City Box Elder Tank Truck
Dave Magee TN Dresden Huntingdon Flatbed
Justin Richey TN Knoxville Knoxville Step Van
Christy Tolbert TX Fort Worth Richland Hills Step Van
Dan Brophy UT Provo Mapleton Step Van
Mike Williams UT Salt Lake City Kearns Straight Truck
Mark Brundage VA Dulles Leesburg Straight Truck
Greg Long VA Herndon Frederick, Md. Step Van
David Fountain VT Williston Essex Flatbed
Chris Goddard VT Williston Burlington 3-Axle
Bob Hinds WA Everett Mount Vernon Step Van
Guy Frederickson WI Oshkosh Freedom Straight Truck
Dennis Love WI La Crosse Rockland Step Van
Duane Staveness WI Mauston Portage 5-Axle
Bill Adkins WV Huntington South Point, Ohio 5-Axle Sleeper
Kevin Asbury WV Charleston Leon 3-Axle
Stephen Estep WV Charleston Marmet Step Van
Jamey Priddy WV Charleston Charleston Straight Truck
Don Young WV Charleston Nitro Twins

In 2013, 133 driving professionals from 46 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and FedEx SupplyChain 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. Three FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle and Step Van classes. Nine other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

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