Team FedEx made their mothers proud this Mother’s Day weekend, capturing 12 first-place titles and a multitude of second- and third-place finishes. This gives FedEx a total of 20 competitors moving on to the NTDC in Columbus.
FedEx made its presence known in Mississippi, notching four first-, two second- and four third-place finishes, the coveted Grand Champion title and two different Million Mile Safety Awards.John Smith Jr
., owner of John Smith Jr. Trucking Inc. based out of the FedEx Ground station in Tupelo, captured first place in the Flatbed class for his sixth state title in eight years. He also won the coveted Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of each class. Smith is a two-time National Champion.Don Nehring,
Don Nehring Trucking, Inc. domiciled at the FedEx Ground station in Memphis, won the Twins class for his third state title. Nehring, a former captain of the American Trucking Associations’ America’s Road Team, was also honored as the Mississippi Trucking Association Driver of the Year.
Jackson-based FedEx Freight driver Jason Matte,
the 2007 National Rookie of the Year, finished atop the 4-Axle class to earn his third state title.
FedEx Ground swept the Step Van class when contractors Rose Mathis
(Tupelo), Rodney Talbert
(McComb) and Rus Wilson
(Hattiesburg) took home all three top trophies, respectively.
FedEx Freight driver Randy Byrd
took home second place in theTwins class. Randy is based in Jackson.
Completing the list of top finishes in the Magnolia State were third-place trophies for Bobby Lane
(FedEx Freight, Jackson), Rodney Davis
(FedEx Freight, Tupelo) and Josh Davis
(driver for FedEx Ground contractor Zachary Davis based in Olive Branch) in the 5-Axle, Straight Truck and Flatbed classes, respectively.
FedEx Ground was also honored with awards for over one million safe miles (Intercity & Local).Delaware
In the First State, FedEx Freight driver Rusty Pederson,
based in Wilmington, captured the top spot in the Twins class for the second straight year.
a driver for FedEx SupplyChain contractor Service First Trucking Co. Inc. based in Newark, won the 5-Axle Sleeper class to earn his second state title.
a driver for FedEx Ground contractor TMAC Inc. based in Salisbury, Md., earned first place in the Step Van class.
FedEx Freight driver Tim Lowe
(Wilmington) won the 3-Axle class.
owner of EPED LLC based out of the FedEx Home Delivery station in New Castle, and FedEx Ground contractor Chris Jenkins
(Salisbury), finished second and third, respectively, in the Step Van class.
(Salisbury), a driver for FedEx Ground contractor Desperado Trucking, took third in the Twins class, while Wilmington-based FedEx Freight driver Tom Snodgrass
placed third in the 4-Axle class.
The competition in the Tar Heel State was a good one for FedEx, with three more first-place winners on their way to the NTDC.
FedEx Express driver Neil Morgan,
based in Greensboro, captured his second consecutive state title in the Tank Truck class. Andy Heffner,
also a Greensboro-based driver for FedEx Express, won the Twins class.
FedEx Freight driver Cecil “Sparky” Hicks
earned the top spot in the Flatbed class. He is based in Charlotte. Fellow Charlotte FedEx Freight driver J.D. Menges
finished second in the Twins class.
FedEx Express drivers Paul Caruolo
(Raleigh) and Dave Rohman
(Charlotte) were second in the Straight Truck and 4-Axles classes, respectively.
Greensboro-based FedEx Freight driver John Cecil
took second place in the Step Van class.
FedEx Freight driver David Lineberry
(Greensboro) finished second in the 5-Axle class, while FedEx Express driver Tony Allen
(Greensboro) was second in the 5-Axle Sleeper class.
FedEx Freight driver Rondal Woodie
(Charlotte) and FedEx Express driver Matt Alberts
(Greensboro) were second and third, respectively, in the 3-Axle class.
a driver for FedEx Freight in Charlotte, placed third in the Tank Truck class.
FedEx Express also took home the Team Award.
had a grand start to his TDC experience. The FedEx Express driver,
based in Albuquerque, captured the top spot in the Step Van class and the Rookie of the Year honor.
FedEx Freight driver Luis Hermida,
based in Lordsburg, placed second in the Twins class, while FedEx Custom Critical contractor Hal Staley,
domiciled in Silver City, finished second in the 5-Axle class.
a driver for FedEx Ground contractor EP Thompson Trucking Inc. based in El Paso, Texas, and FedEx Ground contractor Jeffery Sena
(Santa Fe), finished second and third, respectively, in the Step Van class.
FedEx Freight drivers Dan Bruch
(Albuquerque), Dion Saiz
(Albuquerque) and Shannon Mike
(Farmington) posted third-place finishes in the 5-Axle, Twins and Straight Truck classes, respectively.
an Albuquerque-based driver for FedEx National LTL, was third in the 4-Axle class.
FedEx Freight was the recipient of a Fleet Safety Award for driving over 5 million accident-free miles.
In the Peach State, Valdosta-based FedEx Freight driver Jerry Williams
took home the third-place trophy in the Twins class. Rod Gholston
won the Rookie of the Year award. Rod is a driver for FedEx Express based in Atlanta.
Safety awards for 20-30 million accident-free miles were awarded to FedEx Freight and FedEx Ground in the LTL and Small Package divisions, respectively.
Next up for Team FedEx are the state competitions in Alabama, Idaho, Maine, South Dakota and regional competitions in California and Texas May 14-15. Best of luck to our team of competitors!
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