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FedEx Ground to Send Joplin-Based Driver to National Truck Driving Championships

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Nick Frazier, a driver of Michael’s Messengers Inc., will represent FedEx Ground in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in St. Louis, August 11-15. 

This driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by winning at the Missouri State Truck Driving Championships June 12 - 13, 2015. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.

“FedEx team members are among the safest in the industry, and the number of state finalists at the NTDC exemplifies our commitment to safety,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp.  “I’m proud of the 1,812 FedEx team members that qualified to compete at the state level and the 150 finalists competing at the national level.”

Nick Frazier has driven over 230,000 miles over the course of his four and a half years of driving, all of which have been accident free.

At the NTDC, Nick Frazier will be representing FedEx Ground’s Joplin facility in Missouri. This will be his second time competing at NTDC, having placed third in the 2014 competition.  Nick and his wife Jessica and daughter Campbell live in Granby, Mo. 

Regarding his safe driving record, Nick says, “At the end of the day, we should all come home to our families. You do that by paying attention to the task at hand and limit distractions”.

At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 450 competitors who will vie for national titles in nine different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title.  The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pre-trip inspection and driving-skills challenge.  

Last year, 150 driving professionals from 48 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.  Three FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, and Step Van classes.  Nine other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

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