FedEx to Send 132 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

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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