LOUISVILLE, Ky. – May 21, 2012 – Twelve drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Kentucky State Truck Driving Championship in Louisville on May 18-19, 2012.
- Wayne Crowder, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Louisville, captured first place in the Straight Truck class for his fourth state title. He was also awarded the Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of all classes.
- FedEx Express driver Janet Hoard, based in Louisville, captured first place in the Straight Truck class for her third state title
- FedEx Express driver Doug Adams (Hebron) finished first in the 5-Axle class for his third Kentucky title.
- David Proctor, a Louisville-based FedEx Freight driver, earned first place in the 3-Axle class for the second straight year.
- Jesse Benkert, a driver for Seven Springs Enterprises based at the FedEx Ground station in Louisville, finished first in the Step Van class. Jesse was also named Rookie of the Year.
- FedEx Freight drivers John Higgs (Louisville), John Willinger (Louisville) and Steve Orr (Northern Kentucky) posted second-place finishes in the 4-Axle, 5-Axle and Twins classes, respectively.
- Robby Edsell, a driver for Malloy, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Louisville, finished second in the Step Van class.
- Leroy Springmeier placed third in the Step Van class, while Dwayne Heaverin was third in 3-Axle. Both are drivers for FedEx Express in Hebron.
- Brad Mertz, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Louisville, posted a third-place finish in the Tank Truck class.
Crowder, Hoard, Adams, Proctor and Benkert 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 Kentucky championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”
The Kentucky 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.