Peterbilt Delivers Best of Show In Rotella SuperRigs Competition
The May 2012 Sheel Rotella SuperRigs competition held in Joplin, MO demonstrated once again why Peterbilt is such a beloved truck. Driver John O'Keefe won the competition, hands down, in his 2007 Peterbilt 379 EXHD Legacy. He calls the truck "Low Life" but, actually, it was the highlight of the day.
Even with O'Keefe's overwhelming success, the show drew some stiff competition. First runner up in Best of Show, Paul Rissler of California, MO, drove a 1996 Peterbilt 379 and walked away with $4,000 in prize money. Additionally, the second runner up for Best of Show, TJ Timblin of West Bend, WI, won $2,500 for his 2005 Kenworth 900L.
The People's Choice Award, voted on by spectators and participants attending the event, went to Shane Price of Leo, KS with his 2012 Peterbilt 389. However, competition in all categories was stiff leading to the winner of the Tractor/Trailer Division going to Wayne Vogt of Hesston, KS in his 2007 Peterbilt 379 Legacy, winner of the Tractor Division going to Pat Eilen of Hampton, MN in a 2010 Peterbilt 389, and winner of the Classic Division going to Travis Headley of Lebanon, MO in his 1969 Peterbilt 358A.
One of the most unique prizes went to Ronal Millsap of Statesville, NC for the Hardworking Division. This award recognizes the one driver that keeps the economy moving by working so hard. Another unusual category was the Virtual SuperRigs Award that was won by Paul McMasters of Bristow, OK in a 2012 Peterbilt 389 for accumulating the most votes on the virtual SuperRigs site.
The day was a huge success for everyone in attendance, but especially for the YMCA who was sponsoring such a worthy cause. Due to the overwhelming generosity of participants like Todd and Beth Roccapriore who are the owners of "Low Life" that donated their $10,000 winnings, Joplin walked away a winner as well. With Peterbilt taking the lead and winning in many categories, it's no wonder this truck has been popular for decade.