FedEx to Send 132 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

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FedEx to Send 132 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

Competitors Reflect FedEx Commitment to Safety and Professionalism

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 132 drivers from 46 states representing FedEx Corp. (NYS: 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

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