SOMERSET—Six drivers representing FedEx Corp. operating companies placed among the winners at the 2009 New Jersey State Truck Driving Championship in Somerset on July 10-11.
Lester Beben, a driver for FedEx Freight in South Brunswick, captured first place in the 5-Axle class for his second state title in three years. He also earned the coveted Grand Champion honor for posting the highest score among the winners of all classes.
Bart Masciulli, a FedEx Express driver in Mount Laurel, won the title in the Step Van class.
FedEx Ground contractor Lou Delrosso (Woodbridge) and FedEx Freight driver James Senor (Vineland) posted second-place finishes in the 4-Axle and 3-Axle classes, respectively.
FedEx Freight driver Thomas McGuire (Wayne) was third in the Tank Truck class, while FedEx Ground contractor Nick Palletta (Woodbridge) took third place in the Straight Truck class.
Beben and Masciulli will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2009 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as the “Super Bowl of Safety” August 18-22, 2009 in Pittsburgh. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge.
The New Jersey 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 skills test, pre-trip inspection and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.
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