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National Truck Driving Championships
Competitor Profile

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Ritch Fundell

FedEx Freight
Illinois – 4-Axle Class Champion

Ritch won the Illinois 4-Axle title for the third time in five years to punch his ticket for a return to the NTDC. In 2016, he captured Grand Champion honors at the Illinois TDC. A professional driver for 19 years, Ritch has logged nearly 1 million safe-driving miles. He has been a member of the FedEx Freight team in Peru the last 13 years. Ritch’s brother Kelly introduced him to the trucking industry in 1996. He singles out fellow FedEx Freight drivers Tim Banasiak and Dave Nunn for being mentors in preparing for TDCs. Ritch is a Boy Scouts leader and is involved in coaching youth sports. He is also a school board member. Ritch and his wife Nicole have three children: Brice (14), Connor (12) and Reagan (7). The Fundell family lives in Tonica, Illinois.

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Driver Information

Hometown: Tonica, Ill.
Career Years Driving: 19
Years With FedEx: 13
Safe Driving Miles: 975,000

Past NTDC Appearances

Year Category  
2013 4-Axle  
2016 4-Axle