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Anchorage, Alaska Driver To Compete In 2010 National Truck Driving Championships



Anchorage, AK (Grassoots Newswire) – On August 3-7, more than 450 professional truck drivers from all 50 states will meet in Columbus, Ohio, to put their safe-driving skills to the test in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as “the Super Bowl of Safety.” Drivers earn the right to compete in this prestigious annual event by first winning titles in their respective vehicles classes at the state level. Scott Watts, a Driver for FedEx Express based in Anchorage and a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, will compete against his peers from across the country in the Straight Truck class. He qualified for the NTDC by taking the top spot in his class at the state competition earlier this year. Watts has accumulated more than 400,000 accident-free miles and has been a professional truck driver for 13 years. Collectively, the 114 drivers who comprise the FedEx team come from 45 states and have driven nearly 132 million accident-free miles during their 2,319 years of professional driving. The NTDC is an annual competition sponsored by the American Trucking Associations to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers. “FedEx promotes safety among the drivers of all classes of vehicles,” said Scott A. Mugno, managing director, Safety at FedEx Express. “The achievements of our 114 national competitors represent the collective commitment of the many FedEx drivers and contractors who safely share the road with other motorists each and every day.” Drivers will compete for national titles in nine vehicle classes and for the overall “National Grand Champion” title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pre-trip vehicle inspection and a difficult driving course that tests their ability to judge distances, maneuver tight spaces, reverse, park and position their vehicle exactly over scales, before barriers and around curves. About FedEx FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $35 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 280,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com. ###
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