FedEx driver with 1M safe miles wins North Carolina trucking championship


FedEx Express driver Michael Bills is North Carolina’s trucking grand champion. Bills was awarded the title at the annual North Carolina Truck Driving Championship, held May 18-19 at Park Expo in Charlotte.

The competition was sponsored by the North Carolina Trucking Association and brought out over 170 truckers to test their skills against their colleagues.

Bills, from Fuquay-Varina, has been a trucker for 26 years and has spent the last three years with FedEx. He has driven over one million accident-free miles. He also won first place in the straight truck class.

John Hathcock, a driver for FedEx Ground, was awarded Rookie of the Year.

The winners were:

Grand Champion: Michael Bills, FedEx Express

Rookie of the Year: John Hathcock, FedEx Ground

Pre-Trip Inspection: David Rohman, FedEx Express

3-Axle: David Rohman, FedEx Express

4-Axle: Larry Wilson, Food Lion/DelHaize America

5-Axle: Basher Pierce, FedEx Freight

Sleeper Berth: Jimmy Whitley, FedEx Ground

Flatbed: Brian Walker, UPS

Step Van: Augustus Kern, FedEx Express

Straight Truck: Michael Bills, FedEx Express

Tanker: Andrew Davis, UPS

Twin Trailers: David Wagner, Old Dominion Freight Line

This article was written by Deanne Winslett, associate editor at Trucker’s News, a partner publication of Hard Working Trucks.