At this point in the competition, drivers do what they do best, and drive. Three hundred points are up for grabs at this stage. The driving course consists of six "problems" that drivers must maneuver through and remedy.
Asbury said he learns something new every day and hopes that will help during the course.
"When I get in my truck, I expect the unexpected," Asbury said. "You just never know what is going to happen."
For instance, if he sees an animal on the side of the road, he expects it to be in his way, and prepares for it before hand.
Heather Hunter, a communications specialist for FedEx, said drivers like Priddy and Asbury push both veteran and young drivers to be better. Priddy has been driving with FedEx for more than 13 years and Asbury has been with the company for 17 years.
"They make it a huge part of their life," she said. "It's a big thing for FedEx. We love our drivers."
In July, FedEx rallied all 131 corporate drivers competing in the national championship for a boot camp and camaraderie.
"We partner the veterans with the rookies so they can teach what they know and share experiences in their day-to-day work," Hunter said. "Then they internally compete."
All the drivers work together and try to better themselves, Asbury said.
"When you get there, you're all champions," Priddy said.
He's most looking forward to "knowing that if you win or do real good there, you did it against the best in the country."
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