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FedEx to Send Ninety-Eight Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

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FedEx to Send Ninety-Eight Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

FedEx to Send Ninety-Eight Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ninety-eight drivers from 42 states representing the FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Pittsburgh Aug. 18-22.

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.

“The backbone of our company is made up of thousands of professional drivers and contractors who not only strive to deliver every shipment on time but also ensure that safety remains a fundamental priority in everything they do,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Corp. “The overall performance of the more than 1,400 FedEx drivers, couriers and contractors who competed in their respective state championships and the accomplishments of our 98 NTDC competitors in particular exemplify the commitment of our entire driving force to safely share the road with other motorists each day.”

Here are some facts about the 2009 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • Collectively, the drivers have more than 1,880 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the team has safely driven more than 96 million miles during their careers – enough to circle the globe almost 3,855 times.
  • Forty-eight of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • Forty-one of them have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
  • Eight 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.

John Smith Jr., a contractor for FedEx Ground based in Tupelo, Miss., will be competing at his fifth NTDC. The reigning National Champion in the Tank Truck class and the National Flatbed Co-Champion in 2007, he has driven more than 1.7 million miles during his 17-year career without ever having had an accident.

“Competing at the NTDC is like playing in the Super Bowl,” said Smith. “The competitors at this event represent the safest and most professional drivers on the road today. To be counted among them is truly an honor.”

The 2009 FedEx National Truck Driving Championships team includes:

Driver   State   Domicile   Class   Special Awards

Ron Bernier

AK Anchorage Step Van  

Blake Reves

AK Anchorage 3-Axle Grand Champion

Doug Rickel

AK Anchorage Straight Truck  

Steve Alley

AL Mobile Straight Truck  

David Thompson

AR Little Rock Step Van  

Brad Clyne

AZ Tucson Twins  

Joe Gross

AZ Tempe Straight Truck  

Sean Saxon

AZ Tempe Step Van Rookie of the Year; Highest Driving Score

Tyrone Burghardt

CA Lancaster Step Van  

Mike Thacker

CA Fontana 3-Axle  

Matthew Allison

CO Denver Step Van  

Paul Frisby

CO Denver 4-Axle  

Roland Bolduc

CT Windsor Locks 3-Axle  

Paul Brandon

CT New Haven Flatbed  

Tim Cohen

CT Hartford 4-Axle  

Tom Griffin

CT New Haven 5-Axle Sleeper  

Dennis Lavallee

CT Hartford Step Van  

Karen Roderick

CT Hartford Straight Truck  

Michael Conaway

DE New Castle Straight Truck  

Joe LeBlanc

DE Salisbury, Md. Step Van  

Rusty Pederson

DE Wilmington Twins  

Shane Hilligoss

FL Lakeland Step Van  

Neil Ramlochan

FL Orlando Twins  

Greg Sams

FL Ocala 3-Axle  

Tim Banasiak

IL Peru Twins  

Brian Clark

IN Indianapolis 3-Axle  

Don Logan

KS Topeka 3-Axle Grand Champion; Highest Written Exam

Bertram Buntain

KY Lexington Twins  

John Willinger

KY Louisville 5-Axle  

Kenny Benoit

LA Lafayette 5-Axle  

Kyle Mitchell Sr.

LA Baton Rouge Tank Truck  

Bill Anthony

MA East Boston 5-Axle Best Pre-Trip Inspection

Joe Brennan

MA Needham Step Van  

Ed Oakes

MA Springfield Twins  

Mike Forchetti

MD Rockville Step Van  

Chester Masser Jr.

MD Hagerstown Tank Truck  

Tommy Shope

MD Hagerstown Twins Grand Champion

Brad Bartlett Jr.

ME Portland Straight Truck  

Jason Brooks

ME Bangor Step Van  

Matt Richardson

ME Augusta Twins Grand Champion; Rookie of the Year

Jim Fisher

MI Toledo, Ohio 3-Axle  

Ron Metternick

MI Grand Rapids Tank Truck  

Chris Thomas

MI Flint Twins  

Reggie Copeland

MN Minneapolis Straight Truck  

Rob Janke

MN Minneapolis 4-Axle  

Bill Pudney

MN White Bear Lake Step Van  

Mike Westphall

MN Minneapolis Twins Best Pre-Trip Inspection

Jon Hume

MO St. Louis Tank Truck  

Greg Kauffmann

MO St. Louis Straight Truck  

Joe Mangiaracino

MO St. Clair 3-Axle Grand Champion

Rick Surrisi

MO Columbia Step Van  

Tommy Boyanton

MS Jackson 3-Axle  

John Smith Jr.

MS Tupelo Tank Truck Grand Champion

Rodney Talbert

MS McComb Step Van Rookie of the Year

Brad Butler

MT Billings Twins  

Matt Alberts

NC Greensboro Straight Truck  

Jake Brown

NC Greensboro 4-Axle  

Neil Morgan

NC Greensboro Tank Truck  

John Janousek

ND Fargo 5-Axle Best Pre-Trip Inspection

Steve Tucker

NE Lincoln Straight Truck  

Paul Robichaud

NH Londonderry 4-Axle  

Norman Sullivan

NH Londonderry Flatbed  

Curt Wheeler

NH Manchester Step Van  

Lester Beben

NJ S. Brunswick 5-Axle Grand Champion

Bart Masciulli

NJ Mount Laurel Step Van  

Dan Bruch

NM Albuquerque 5-Axle  

Oscar Delgado

NM El Paso, Texas Step Van  

Dion Saiz

NM Albuquerque Twins Grand Champion

Arthur Corral Jr.

NV Las Vegas Straight Truck  

Matt Meyer

NV Las Vegas Step Van Rookie of the Year

Gragg Wilson

NV Reno 5-Axle Sleeper  

Jim Kohr

NY Rochester Straight Truck Grand Champion

Mark McLean

NY Newburgh Twins Highest Written Exam

Robby Wakely

NY Jamaica 4-Axle  

Scott Woodrome

OH Dayton 3-Axle  

Chris Outen

OR Portland Twins  

Nick Paradiso

OR Portland Step Van  

Dan Shamrell

OR Portland 3-Axle Grand Champion; Best Pre-Trip Inspection

Sam Leaper

PA Harrisburg 3-Axle  

John Nash

PA Harrisburg Step Van  

Ron Desorcy

RI Providence Step Van  

Troy Swenson

SD Watertown 5-Axle Sleeper Highest Written Exam

Mike Whitehead

SD Sioux Falls Twins  

Dave Magee

TN Dresden Tank Truck  

Brady Todd

TN Memphis Step Van Rookie of the Year

Mike Lopez

TX Dallas 4-Axle  

Matt Bartnett

VA Fredericksburg Step Van  

Carroll Bean

VT Alburg Straight Truck  

Danielle Carbonneau

VT Lebanon, N.H. Step Van  

Chris Goddard

VT Williston 5-Axle Sleeper  

Christopher Novak

VT Williston Flatbed  

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