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Meet some of our champions

FedEx is proud of our state champion drivers and contractors, who are competing this weekend in the National Truck Driving Championships!

A driver must be accident-free for one year and hold all licensure for their class of truck to be eligible for competition.  Drivers are tested in three areas: current rules and regulations, a pre-trip inspection and driving skills course.  They must also compete against other drivers in their state and win first place to move on to the NTDC.

You may know that they are amazingly skilled behind the wheel, but do you know their favorite diner or stretch of road? Take a look below for a peek behind the wheel at just SOME of our champions (full list below):

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The full list of our 2011 FedEx state champion drivers and contractors: (Back to top)

Name

Company State Category Title
Allen Sohn FedEx Freight IA 4-Axle Driver
Andre Kazouh FedEx Freight VA 5-Axle Driver
Andy James FedEx Ground NH Step Van Contractor
Anthony Van Delft FedEx Freight MD Twins Driver
Art Corral Jr FedEx Freight NV Step Van Contractor
Aryn Pittaway FedEx Express TX Step Van Driver
Ben Noschang FedEx Express KY Step Van Driver
Bill Adkins FedEx Freight WV 4-Axle Driver
Bob Hinds FedEx Ground WA Step Van Contractor
Bob Ledoux FedEx Express MA Step Van Driver
Bob Petersen FedEx Express AZ 4-Axle Driver
Bruce Kennedy FedEx Express VT Step Van Driver
Cass Bresette FedEx Custom Critical VT 5-Axle Sleeper Contractor's Driver
Cecil Hicks FedEx Freight NC Flatbed Driver
Chad Stahnke FedEx Express NM Straight Truck Driver
Charlie Salter FedEx Freight AL 4-Axle Driver
Chris Goddard FedEx Express VT 5-Axle Driver
Chris Outen FedEx Freight OR 3-Axle Driver
Chris Rapsch FedEx Express MN Step Van Driver
Chris Shaw FedEx Express NM Step Van Driver
Chris Tande FedEx Ground ND Step Van Contractor's Driver
Christopher Novak FedEx Express VT Flatbed Driver
Chuck DiGiovanni FedEx Ground PA Step Van Contractor's Driver
Clifford McConico FedEx Freight KS Twins Driver
Cruz Vazquez FedEx Freight CT Straight Truck Driver
Dan Shamrell FedEx Freight OR 4-Axle Driver
Dan Thompson FedEx Freight AL Twins Driver
Daryl Barnett FedEx Freight ID Straight Truck Driver
Dave Magee FedEx Freight TN Tank Driver
Dave Mogler FedEx Freight CO Twins Driver
David Proctor FedEx Freight KY 3-Axle Driver
Dean Harris FedEx Freight KS Step Van Driver
Don Logan FedEx Freight KS Tank Driver
Don Smith FedEx Ground MS Step Van Contractor
Doug Davidson FedEx Ground MI Step Van Contractor's Driver
Dubby Freeman FedEx Ground SC Step Van Contractor
Ed Oakes FedEx Freight CT Twins Driver
Erik Lilleberg FedEx Ground MT 3-Axle Contractor's Driver
Gary Martin FedEx Ground CA Twins Contractor
Gary Ramsey FedEx Express AL Step Van Driver
Gragg Wilson FedEx Freight NV Tank Driver
Greg Sams FedEx Freight FL 3-Axle Driver
J.R. Argo FedEx Ground DE Step Van Contractor's Driver
James Sheehan FedEx Ground TN Step Van Contractor
Janet Hoard FedEx Express KY Straight Truck Driver
Jay Miller FedEx Freight KS Straight Truck Driver
Jeff Thompson FedEx Freight KS Flatbed Driver
Jeremy Alt FedEx Freight ID 4-Axle Driver
Jerry Avossa FedEx Freight SC 3-Axle Driver
Jerry Lambert FedEx Freight OR Twins Driver
Jerry Pugh FedEx Freight WV Flatbed Driver
Jim Burmesch FedEx Express WI Flatbed Driver
Jim Erickson FedEx Freight NJ 5-Axle Driver
Jim Fisher FedEx Freight MI 5-Axle Driver
Jim Rud FedEx Freight OR Straight Truck Driver
Joe Carson FedEx Freight IL Tank Driver
Joe Honek FedEx Freight ND 3-Axle Driver
John Clouser FedEx Freight MI 3-Axle Driver
John Lugo FedEx Ground NV Straight Truck Contractor
Keith Towne FedEx Express CT Step Van Driver
Kenny Davis FedEx Express GA 5-Axle Sleeper Driver
Kirt Hartshorn FedEx Ground AK Step Van Contractor's Driver
Larry Kendall FedEx Express OK 4-Axle Driver
Lester Beben FedEx Freight NJ 5-Axle Sleeper Driver
Louie Hermida FedEx Freight NM Twins Driver
Luis Soto FedEx Express FL 4-Axle Driver
Mark Brundage FedEx Express VA Step Van Driver
Mark Duensing FedEx Freight MI Twins Driver
Martin McDonald FedEx Freight AL Flatbed Driver
Marty Goodell FedEx Custom Critical VT Straight Truck Contractor
Matt Hart FedEx Freight NV 3-Axle Driver
Mike Bills FedEx Express NC Step Van Driver
Mike Guanciale FedEx Express NY 3-Axle Driver
Mike Hausner FedEx Freight MO Step Van Driver
Mike Whitehead FedEx Freight SD Tank Driver
Mike Woltz FedEx Express MD Step Van Driver
Milton Hebert FedEx Freight LA Tank Driver
Nick Paradiso FedEx Ground OR Step Van Contractor's Driver
Pat Rudesill FedEx Ground LA 5-Axle Sleeper Contractor
Patrick Corrente FedEx Express OK Step Van Driver
Patrick Nerger FedEx Express NV 5-Axle Driver
Paul Book FedEx Ground LA Step Van Contractor
Paul Brandon FedEx Freight CT Tank Driver
Paul Butkowski FedEx Freight MN 3-Axle Driver
Paul Roe FedEx Ground AR Step Van Contractor's Driver
Paul Swan FedEx Freight CO 4-Axle Driver
Randy Byrd FedEx Freight MS Twins Driver
Randy Merle FedEx Freight NY 4-Axle Driver
Randy Schwasinger FedEx Freight ID Step Van Driver
Ray Shelton FedEx Freight SC Flatbed Driver
Rene Molinary FedEx Express FL Straight Truck Driver
Rich Gray FedEx Freight MA Twins Driver
Richard O'Brien FedEx Freight MO 4-Axle Driver
Rick Albritton FedEx Express FL Step Van Driver
Roland Bolduc FedEx Express MA Tank Driver
Ross Garner FedEx Freight AL 3-Axle Driver
Russ Norman FedEx Ground AZ Step Van Contractor's Driver
Russell Beachler FedEx Freight OK 5-Axle Driver
Scott Brown FedEx Freight OH 5-Axle Sleeper Driver
Scott Watts FedEx Express AZ 3-Axle Driver
Scott Woodrome FedEx Freight OH Flatbed Driver
Sean Saxon FedEx Ground AZ Straight Truck Contractor
Shay Gibson FedEx Freight IL Step Van Driver
Tamra O'Mealy FedEx Express UT Step Van Driver
Tim Cole FedEx Ground WI Step Van Contractor's Driver
Tim Miller FedEx Freight ID Twins Driver
Tom Griffin FedEx Freight CT 5-Axle Driver
Tom Miller FedEx Freight MT Straight Truck Driver
Tommy Boyanton FedEx Freight MS 3-Axle Driver
Tommy Winston FedEx Freight SC Tank Driver
Tony Ellison FedEx Freight TN Straight Truck Driver
Tony Malloy FedEx Ground IN Step Van Contractor
Tony Singh FedEx Ground CO Step Van Contractor's Driver
Troy Astrande FedEx Express CA Step Van Driver
Xavier Theriot FedEx Freight LA Twins Driver
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Everyone has a different story to share. That is the awesomeness of bringing all the champions together. We all bring different things to the table and this is how super safe and highly skilled drivers learn. Team FedEx grows and becomes better every year beacause of the things that we are taught and teach others. There is one thing that I know, and everyone has heard it before, you learn a lot by teaching others and watching others. When you teach, its embedded into your brain repeatedly and when you watch others you learn from their skills or learn what not to do-whichever is the case. At any rate, those of you that read the various blogs and keep up with them, start jotting down a few items about yourself and/or questions that you may have about getting involved in the Championships. Thanks-Aryn Pittaway

Indy was a great learning experience for the NTDC! The 'Great learning experience' was dwarfed by the wonderful mentoring, the selfless hard work of all volunteers & all who made this possible. This includes all the unsung heroes behind the scenes or those not in the limelight. From the water-bearers, to those on the course, to all the coordinators, to those photographers, & to all those we don't even know about. They all gave so we drivers could shine & bask in the glory as champions! Hail to all the bright stars who shown in the background, in a lesser light, so we could have our moment in glory! Traci, all at FedEx will continue to be benefited, knowingly or not, through your new position; yet, you will sorely be missed at this venue! And, yes Scott Mugno,you still are my hero (in a manly way)! Patrick A. Corrente - 2011 Oklahoma Step Van Champion.

I'm here with all of these champions at the NTDC and let me just tell you that I've never seen a group of people more dedicated to safety and their profession. This event blows the stereotype of a truck driver out of the water! I love working for a company like FedEx who honors their drivers and contractors for their OBSESSION with safety! Congratulations to all of our FedEx drivers and contractors!

Go Team FedEx!! Rock the National Truck Driving Championships this weekend! We are proud of you!

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