Twelve FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Nevada Truck Driving Championship
LAS VEGAS – June 4, 2012 – Twelve drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Nevada State Truck Driving Championship in Las Vegas on June 2.
- Harold Simmons, a driver for Velocity Transportation, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Las Vegas, took home the first-place trophy in the 4-Axle class. He also earned the Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of all classes and the Rookie of the Year award.
- Las Vegas-based FedEx Express drivers Jason Martinie and Robert Fini finished first in the Step Van and Straight Truck classes, respectively.
- Bruce Wilson, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Reno, captured first in the Tank Truck class.
- FedEx Freight driver Matt Hart (Elko) finished second in the 3-Axle class.
- Art Corral Jr., a driver for Big Country, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Las Vegas, finished second in the Straight Truck class.
- Las Vegas-based FedEx Express driver Robert Cromley took home the second-place trophy in the Step Van class.
- Daniel Maley (Las Vegas) and Gragg Wilson (Reno), drivers for FedEx Freight, finished third in the 4-Axle and Flatbed classes, respectively.
- Las Vegas-based FedEx Express driver Anthony Dorsey finished third in the 3-Axle class.
- Jessica Crossley, a driver for T-N-T Logistics, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Reno, finished third in the Straight Truck class, completing a sweep in that class by FedEx.
- Sergio Romero, owner of Nevada’s Finest, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Las Vegas, capped the FedEx sweep of the Step Van class with his third-place finish.
Simmons, Martinie, Fini and Wilson 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 Nevada championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”
The Nevada 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.