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FedEx to Send 115 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

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FedEx to Send 115 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

FedEx to Send 115 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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.

“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.”

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 Name   State   Domicile Facility   Hometown   Class

Kirt Hartshorn

AK Fairbanks, Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Step Van

Ross Garner

AL Decatur, Ala. Hartselle, Ala. 3-Axle

Martin McDonald

AL Spanish Fort, Ala. Mobile, Ala. Flatbed

Gary Ramsey

AL Montgomery, Ala. Eclectic, Ala. Step Van

Charlie Salter

AL Montgomery, Ala. Prattville, Ala. 4-Axle

Dan Thompson

AL Mobile, Ala. Spanish Fort, Ala. Twins

Paul Roe

AR Fort Smith, Ark. Van Buren, Ark. Step Van

Russ Norman

AZ Tempe, Ariz. Mesa, Ariz. Step Van

Bob Petersen

AZ Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix, Ariz. 4-Axle

Sean Saxon

AZ Tempe, Ariz. Scottsdale, Ariz. Straight Truck

Scott Watts

AZ Phoenix, Ariz. Goodyear, Ariz. 3-Axle

Troy Astrande

CA Rialto, Calif. Redlands, Calif. Step Van

Gary Martin

CA Sacramento, Calif. Galt, Calif. Twins

Dave Mogler

CO Denver, Colo. Brighton, Colo. Twins

Tony Singh

CO Denver, Colo. Denver, Colo. Step Van

Paul Swan

CO Denver, Colo. Thornton, Colo. 4-Axle

Paul Brandon

CT New Haven, Conn. Oxford, Conn. Tank Truck

Tom Griffin

CT New Haven, Conn. Wallingford, Conn. 5-Axle

Ed Oakes

CT Hartford, Conn. Chicopee, Mass. Twins

Keith Towne

CT Norwich, Conn. Charlestown, R.I. Step Van

Cruz Vazquez

CT New Haven, Conn. New Haven, Conn. Straight Truck

J.R. Argo

DE Salisbury, Md. Ellendale, Del. Step Van

Rick Albritton

FL Melbourne, Fla. Palm Bay, Fla. Step Van

Rene Molinary

FL Miami, Fla. Coral Springs, Fla. Straight Truck

Greg Sams

FL Valdosta, Ga. Ocala, Fla. 3-Axle

Luis Soto

FL Hollywood, Fla. Cooper City, Fla. 4-Axle

Kenny Davis

GA Atlanta, Ga. Newnan, Ga. 5-Axle Sleeper

Allen Sohn

IA Des Moines Des Moines, Iowa 4-Axle

Jeremy Alt

ID Mountain Home, Idaho Mountain Home, Idaho 4-Axle

Daryl Barnett

ID Mountain Home, Idaho Boise, Idaho Straight Truck

Tim Miller

ID Mountain Home, Idaho Nampa, Idaho Twins

Randy Schwasinger

ID Boise, Idaho Boise, Idaho Step Van

Joe Carson

IL Effingham, Ill. Strasburg, Ill. Tank Truck

Shay Gibson

IL Effingham, Ill. Arcola, Ill. Step Van

Tony Malloy

IN Louisville, Ky. Sellersburg, Ind. Step Van

Dean Harris

KS Kansas City, Kan. Edgerton, Kan. Step Van

Don Logan

KS Topeka, Kan. Eskridge, Kan. Tank Truck

Clifford McConico

KS Kansas City, Kan. Bonner Springs, Kan. Twins

Jay Miller

KS Kansas City, Kan. Bonner Springs, Kan. Straight Truck

Jeff Thompson

KS Kansas City, Kan. Olathe, Kan. Flatbed

Janet Hoard

KY Louisville, Ky. Crestwood, Ky. Straight Truck

Ben Noschang

KY Hebron, Ky. Lawrenceburg, Ind. Step Van

David Proctor

KY Louisville, Ky. Mount Washington, Ky. 3-Axle

Paul Book

LA Lake Charles, La. Lake Charles, La. Step Van

Milton Hebert

LA Lafayette, La. Lafayette, La. Tank Truck

Pat Rudesill

LA New Orleans, La. Hammond, La. 5-Axle Sleeper

Xavier Theriot

LA Shreveport, La. Shreveport, La. Twins

Roland Bolduc

MA Windsor Locks, Conn. E. Longmeadow, Mass. Tank Truck

Rich Gray

MA Springfield, Mass. W. Springfield, Mass. Twins

Bob Ledoux

MA Raynham, Mass. Swansea, Mass. Step Van

Mike Woltz

MD Rockville, Md. Germanton, Md. Step Van

John Clouser

MI Fremont, Ind. Concord, Mich. 3-Axle

Doug Davidson

MI Saginaw, Mich. Saginaw, Mich. Step Van

Mark Duensing

MI Toledo, Ohio Taylor, Mich. Twins

Jim Fisher

MI Toledo, Ohio Royal Oak, Mich. 5-Axle Sleeper

Paul Butkowski

MN St. Cloud, Minn. Sauk Rapids, Minn. 3-Axle

Chris Rapsch

MN White Bear Lake, Minn. Columbia Heights, Minn. Step Van

Mike Hausner

MO St. Louis, Mo. O'Fallon, Mo. Step Van

Richard O’Brien

MO St. Louis, Mo. Maryland Heights, Mo. 4-Axle

Tommy Boyanton

MS Jackson, Miss. Florence, Miss. 3-Axle

Randy Byrd

MS Jackson, Miss. Florence, Miss. Twins

Don Smith

MS Tupelo, Miss. Tupelo, Miss. Step Van

Erik Lilleberg

MT Billings, Mont. Billings, Mont. 3-Axle

Tom Miller

MT Billings, Mont. Billings, Mont. Straight Truck

Mike Bills

NC Durham, N.C. Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Step Van

Cecil Hicks

NC Charlotte, N.C. Norwood, N.C. Flatbed

Joe Honek

ND Grand Forks, N.D. E. Grand Forks, Minn. 3-Axle

Chris Tande

ND Fargo, N.D. W. Fargo, N.D. Step Van

Andy James

NH Manchester, N.H. Derry, N.H. Step Van

Lester Beben

NJ South Brunswick, N.J. Parlin, N.J. 5-Axle Sleeper

Jim Erickson

NJ Cinnaminson, N.J. Marlton, N.J. 5-Axle

Dave Font

NJ Moonachie, N.J. New Brunswick, N.J. Step Van

Louie Hermida

NM Lordsburg, N.M. Deming, N.M. Twins

Chris Shaw

NM Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque, N.M. Step Van

Chad Stahnke

NM Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque, N.M. Straight Truck

Christina Fleury

NV Las Vegas, Nev. Las Vegas, Nev. Step Van

Matt Hart

NV Elko, Nev. Elko, Nev. 3-Axle

John Lugo

NV Las Vegas, Nev. Las Vegas, Nev. Straight Truck

Patrick Nerger

NV Reno, Nev. Sparks, Nev. 5-Axle

Gragg Wilson

NV Reno, Nev. Verdi, Nev. Tank Truck

Mike Guanciale

NY Syracuse, N.Y. Camillus, N.Y. 3-Axle

Randy Merle

NY Rochester, N.Y. Leicester, N.Y. 4-Axle

Scott Brown

OH Toledo, Ohio Curtice, Ohio 5-Axle Sleeper

Scott Woodrome

OH Dayton, Ohio Middletown, Ohio Flatbed

Russell Beachler

OK Oklahoma City, Okla. Moore, Okla. 5-Axle

Patrick Corrente

OK Lawton, Okla. Lawton, Okla. Step Van

Larry Kendall

OK Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa, Okla. 4-Axle

Jerry Lambert

OR Portland, Ore. Vancouver, Wash. Twins

Chris Outen

OR Portland, Ore. Vancouver, Wash. 3-Axle

Nick Paradiso

OR Portland, Ore. Vancouver, Wash. Step Van

Jim Rud

OR Portland, Ore. Sandy, Ore. Straight Truck

Dan Shamrell

OR Portland, Ore. Battle Ground, Wash. 4-Axle

Chuck DiGiovanni

PA Philadelphia, Pa. Norristown, Pa. Step Van

Jerry Avossa

SC Charlotte, N.C. Fort Mill, S.C.

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