FedEx to Send 115 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

Competitors Reflect FedEx Commitment to Safety and Professionalism

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 19, 2011 – One hundred and fifteen drivers from 45 states representing the FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Orlando, Fla., August 9-13.

Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by qualifying 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.

“At FedEx, safety is a top priority in every aspect of our business,” said Frederick W. Smith, President, CEO and Chairman, FedEx Corp. “This commitment is evident through the performance of the more than 1,400 FedEx team members who competed in their respective state truck driving championships and of our 115 national finalists.”

Here are some facts about the 2011 FedEx NTDC competitors:

·          Collectively, the drivers have 2,202 years of professional driving experience among them.

·          In total, the team has safely driven nearly 125 million miles during their careers – enough to circle the globe more than 5,019 times.

·          Sixty-one of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.

·          Fifty-nine of them have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.

·          Eleven of them 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 field test.

Sean Saxon, owner of Berly Q Inc. domiciled at the FedEx Ground station in Tempe, Ariz., will be competing at his third NTDC. The reigning National Champion in the Step Van class, he has driven professionally for five years without ever having an accident.

“Competing at the NTDC is like playing in the World Series or Super Bowl,” said Saxon. “Winning a national title last year was my most rewarding experience as a professional driver because I competed against the safest drivers from the across the country and came out on top. It’s truly an honor to have earned the right to return to the competition again this year.”

The 2011 FedEx National Truck Driving Championships team includes:

 

Driver’s NameState Domicile FacilityHometownClass
Kirt HartshornAKFairbanks, AlaskaFairbanks, AlaskaStep Van
Ross GarnerALDecatur, Ala.Hartselle, Ala.3-Axle
Martin McDonaldALSpanish Fort, Ala.Mobile, Ala.Flatbed
Gary RamseyALMontgomery, Ala.Eclectic, Ala.Step Van
Charlie SalterALMontgomery, Ala.Prattville, Ala.4-Axle
Dan ThompsonALMobile, Ala.Spanish Fort, Ala.Twins
Paul RoeARFort Smith, Ark.Van Buren, Ark.Step Van
Russ NormanAZTempe, Ariz.Mesa, Ariz.Step Van
Bob PetersenAZPhoenix, Ariz.Phoenix, Ariz.4-Axle
Sean SaxonAZTempe, Ariz.Scottsdale, Ariz.Straight Truck
Scott WattsAZPhoenix, Ariz.Goodyear, Ariz.3-Axle
Troy AstrandeCARialto, Calif.Redlands, Calif.Step Van
Gary MartinCASacramento, Calif.Galt, Calif.Twins
Dave MoglerCODenver, Colo.Brighton, Colo.Twins
Tony SinghCODenver, Colo.Denver, Colo.Step Van
Paul SwanCODenver, Colo.Thornton, Colo.4-Axle
Paul BrandonCTNew Haven, Conn.Oxford, Conn.Tank Truck
Tom GriffinCTNew Haven, Conn.Wallingford, Conn.5-Axle
Ed OakesCTHartford, Conn.Chicopee, Mass.Twins
Keith TowneCTNorwich, Conn.Charlestown, R.I.Step Van
Cruz VazquezCTNew Haven, Conn.New Haven, Conn.Straight Truck
J.R. ArgoDESalisbury, Md.Ellendale, Del.Step Van
Rick AlbrittonFLMelbourne, Fla.Palm Bay, Fla.Step Van
Rene MolinaryFLMiami, Fla.Coral Springs, Fla.Straight Truck
Greg SamsFLValdosta, Ga.Ocala, Fla.3-Axle
Luis SotoFLHollywood, Fla.Cooper City, Fla.4-Axle
Kenny DavisGAAtlanta, Ga.Newnan, Ga.5-Axle Sleeper
Allen SohnIADes MoinesDes Moines, Iowa4-Axle
Jeremy AltIDMountain Home, IdahoMountain Home, Idaho4-Axle
Daryl BarnettIDMountain Home, IdahoBoise, IdahoStraight Truck
Tim MillerIDMountain Home, IdahoNampa, IdahoTwins
Randy SchwasingerIDBoise, IdahoBoise, IdahoStep Van
Joe CarsonILEffingham, Ill.Strasburg, Ill.Tank Truck
Shay GibsonILEffingham, Ill.Arcola, Ill.Step Van
Tony MalloyINLouisville, Ky.Sellersburg, Ind.Step Van
Dean HarrisKSKansas City, Kan.Edgerton, Kan.Step Van
Don LoganKSTopeka, Kan.Eskridge, Kan.Tank Truck
Clifford McConicoKSKansas City, Kan.Bonner Springs, Kan.Twins
Jay MillerKSKansas City, Kan.Bonner Springs, Kan.Straight Truck
Jeff ThompsonKSKansas City, Kan.Olathe, Kan.Flatbed
Janet HoardKYLouisville, Ky.Crestwood, Ky.Straight Truck
Ben NoschangKYHebron, Ky.Lawrenceburg, Ind.Step Van
David ProctorKYLouisville, Ky.Mount Washington, Ky.3-Axle
Paul BookLALake Charles, La.Lake Charles, La.Step Van
Milton HebertLALafayette, La.Lafayette, La.Tank Truck
Pat RudesillLANew Orleans, La.Hammond, La.5-Axle Sleeper
Xavier TheriotLAShreveport, La.Shreveport, La.Twins
Roland BolducMAWindsor Locks, Conn.E. Longmeadow, Mass.Tank Truck
Rich GrayMASpringfield, Mass.W. Springfield, Mass.Twins
Bob LedouxMARaynham, Mass.Swansea, Mass.Step Van
Mike WoltzMDRockville, Md.Germanton, Md.Step Van
John ClouserMIFremont, Ind.Concord, Mich.3-Axle
Doug DavidsonMISaginaw, Mich.Saginaw, Mich.Step Van
Mark DuensingMIToledo, OhioTaylor, Mich.Twins
Jim FisherMIToledo, OhioRoyal Oak, Mich.5-Axle Sleeper
Paul ButkowskiMNSt. Cloud, Minn.Sauk Rapids, Minn.3-Axle
Chris RapschMNWhite Bear Lake, Minn.Columbia Heights, Minn.Step Van
Mike HausnerMOSt. Louis, Mo.O’Fallon, Mo.Step Van
Richard O’BrienMOSt. Louis, Mo.Maryland Heights, Mo.4-Axle
Tommy BoyantonMSJackson, Miss.Florence, Miss.3-Axle
Randy ByrdMSJackson, Miss.Florence, Miss.Twins
Don SmithMSTupelo, Miss.Tupelo, Miss.Step Van
Erik LillebergMTBillings, Mont.Billings, Mont.3-Axle
Tom MillerMTBillings, Mont.Billings, Mont.Straight Truck
Mike BillsNCDurham, N.C.Fuquay-Varina, N.C.Step Van
Cecil HicksNCCharlotte, N.C.Norwood, N.C.Flatbed
Joe HonekNDGrand Forks, N.D.E. Grand Forks, Minn.3-Axle
Chris TandeNDFargo, N.D.W. Fargo, N.D.Step Van
Andy JamesNHManchester, N.H.Derry, N.H.Step Van
Lester BebenNJSouth Brunswick, N.J.Parlin, N.J.5-Axle Sleeper
Jim EricksonNJCinnaminson, N.J.Marlton, N.J.5-Axle
Dave FontNJMoonachie, N.J.New Brunswick, N.J.Step Van
Louie HermidaNMLordsburg, N.M.Deming, N.M.Twins
Chris ShawNMAlbuquerque, N.M.Albuquerque, N.M.Step Van
Chad StahnkeNMAlbuquerque, N.M.Albuquerque, N.M.Straight Truck
Christina FleuryNVLas Vegas, Nev.Las Vegas, Nev.Step Van
Matt HartNVElko, Nev.Elko, Nev.3-Axle
John LugoNVLas Vegas, Nev.Las Vegas, Nev.Straight Truck
Patrick NergerNVReno, Nev.Sparks, Nev.5-Axle
Gragg WilsonNVReno, Nev.Verdi, Nev.Tank Truck
Mike GuancialeNYSyracuse, N.Y.Camillus, N.Y.3-Axle
Randy MerleNYRochester, N.Y.Leicester, N.Y.4-Axle
Scott BrownOHToledo, OhioCurtice, Ohio5-Axle Sleeper
Scott WoodromeOHDayton, OhioMiddletown, OhioFlatbed
Russell BeachlerOKOklahoma City, Okla.Moore, Okla.5-Axle
Patrick CorrenteOKLawton, Okla.Lawton, Okla.Step Van
Larry KendallOKTulsa, Okla.Tulsa, Okla.4-Axle
Jerry LambertORPortland, Ore.Vancouver, Wash.Twins
Chris OutenORPortland, Ore.Vancouver, Wash.3-Axle
Nick ParadisoORPortland, Ore.Vancouver, Wash.Step Van
Jim RudORPortland, Ore.Sandy, Ore.Straight Truck
Dan ShamrellORPortland, Ore.Battle Ground, Wash.4-Axle
Chuck DiGiovanniPAPhiladelphia, Pa.Norristown, Pa.Step Van
Jerry AvossaSCCharlotte, N.C.Fort Mill, S.C.3-Axle
Dubby FreemanSCFlorence, S.C.Hartsville, S.C.Step Van
Ray SheltonSCGreenville, S.C.Mauldin, S.C.Flatbed
Tommy WinstonSCGreenville, S.C.Greenville, S.C.Tank Truck
Mike WhiteheadSDSioux Falls, S.D.Lennox, S.D.Tank Truck
Tony EllisonTNNashville, Tenn.Mt. Juliet, Tenn.Straight Truck
Dave MageeTNDresden, Tenn.Huntingdon, Tenn.Tank Truck
James SheehanTNNashville, Tenn.Hendersonville, Tenn.Step Van
Aryn PittawayTXFort Worth, TexasArlington, TexasStep Van
Tamra O’MealyUTWest Valley City, UtahSalt Lake City, UtahStep Van
Mark BrundageVAHerndon, Va.Leesburg, Va.Step Van
Andre KazouhVAWinchester, Va.Carnegie, Pa.5-Axle
Cass BresetteVTBurlington, Vt.Barre, Vt.5-Axle Sleeper
Chris GoddardVTWilliston, Vt.Burlington, Vt.5-Axle
Marty GoodellVTBurlington, Vt.Wilmington, Vt.Straight Truck
Bruce KennedyVTWilliston, Vt.Williston, Vt.Step Van
Christopher NovakVTWilliston, Vt.Williston, Vt.Flatbed
Bob HindsWAEverett, Wash.Mt. Vernon, Wash.Step Van
Jim BurmeschWIMilwaukee, Wis.Port Washington, Wis.Flatbed
Tim ColeWIMilwaukee, Wis.Muskego, Wis.Step Van
Bill AdkinsWVHuntington, W. Va.South Point, Ohio4-Axle
Jerry PughWVParkersburg, W. Va.Marietta, OhioFlatbed

In 2010, drivers representing FedEx captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, 4-Axle, Straight Truck, Twins and Step Van classes. In addition, FedEx drivers earned six additional top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

 

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