TIMONIUM, Md. – June 11, 2012 – Six drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Maryland State Truck Driving Championship in Timonium on June 9.
- Tommy Shope, owner of Semi-Logistics, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Hagerstown, captured his second state title in three years with a win in the 3-Axle class.
- FedEx Express driver Mike Forchetti (Rockville) earned his third state title in the Step Van class.
- Duane Clever, owner of Clever Enterprises, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Hagerstown, took home the second-place trophy in the 5-Axle Sleeper class.
- Chester Masser, owner of Totgas Trucking, Inc. based at the Hagerstown FedEx Ground station, finished third in the Straight Truck class.
- FedEx Freight drivers Anthony Van Delft (Baltimore) and Michael Bennett (Hagerstown) placed third in the Twins and 3-Axle classes, respectively.
In addition, the competitors representing FedEx Freight won the team trophy.
Shope and Forchetti will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2012 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” August 7-11 in Minneapolis, Minn. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge.
“The entire team of drivers representing FedEx is dedicated to safety. It is an integral part of everything they do,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corp. “The performance of these participants at the Maryland championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”
The Maryland State Truck Driving Championship is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and safety expertise. The event includes a difficult driving skills test, pre-trip inspection and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.
In 2011, 115 driving professionals from 45 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and FedEx Custom Critical qualified to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships by winning their respective state's competition and driving accident-free for at least one year. One FedEx competitor captured the National Champion title in the Step Van class. In addition, FedEx drivers earned nine additional top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.