Five FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Minnesota State Truck Driving Championship


MEMPHIS – June 9, 2008 – Five drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the winners at the 2008 Minnesota State Truck Driving Championship in Burnsville on June 7.

  • Paul Butkowski, a driver for FedEx Freight based in St. Cloud , captured the top spot in the 3-Axle class for his second consecutive state title.
  • Minneapolis-based FedEx National LTL driver Shawn Smith won the title in the 4-Axle class and was also named Rookie of the Year.
  • Mark Leino, a driver for FedEx Freight in Duluth , took second place in the 5-Axle class.
  • Larry Steffensen finished second in the 3-Axle class, while Mike Westphall placed third in the Twins class. Both are drivers for FedEx Freight in Minneapolis .

In addition, FedEx Freight driver Stephen Laubach ( Minneapolis ) received the Howie Johnson Award from the Minnesota Trucking Association. The award is given annually to the individual who best exemplifies all professional trucking employees in terms of attitude and continued involvement in the industry.

Butkowski and Smith will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2008 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as the “Super Bowl of Safety” August 20-23 in Houston . In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge.

The Minnesota State Truck Driving Championship is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and commitment to safety. The event includes a difficult driving skill test, pre-trip inspection, personal interview and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.

In 2007, a record 78 driving professionals from 38 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Global Supply Chain Services 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. FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed and Straight Truck classes and the NTDC Rookie of the Year honor. In addition, FedEx drivers earned five additional top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

About FedEx

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