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Minnesota driver wins Shell ROTELLA SuperRigs competition

Jonathan Eilen's 2007 Peterbilt captured Best of Show honors at the 31st annual Shell ROTELLA SuperRigs competition. (Courtesy: SHELL ROTELLA)

The Trucker News Services

6/25/2013

TOMAH, Wis. — Jonathan Eilen of Hampton, Minn. captured Best of Show honors with his 2007 Peterbilt 379 at the 31st annual Shell ROTELLA SuperRigs competition held here June 20-22 as part of the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull.

The winning truck also captured first place in the Best Engine category.

William Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis., won Best of Show first runner up and $4,000 with his 2012 Peterbilt 389.  He also won for Best Interior.  Jeremy Hassevoort of Hamilton, Mich. was awarded Best of Show second runner up and $2,500, and Best Chrome for his 1986 Peterbilt 359.

The Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition is considered by many as the premier truck beauty contest for actively working trucks. Owner/operator truckers from across the United States and Canada compete for cash and prizes valued at approximately $25,000.

Twelve drivers were also selected to have their truck featured in the 2014 Shell ROTELLA SuperRigs calendar.

First place winners also included Kevin Pascavis of Richfield, Wis., in the Tractor/Trailer Division for his 2013 Peterbilt 389; Troy Kunshier of Hasting, Minn., in the Tractor Division with a 2009 Peterbilt 389; Mike Meyer of Theilman, Minn., won in the Classic Division with his 1984 Kenworth W900B. The 1993 Peterbilt 359 of Carl L. Chase of Camp Douglas, Wis., won the People’s Choice Award which is voted on throughout the event by all contestants and spectators.  The Hard Working Truck award went to the 2005 Peterbilt 379 of Josh Hainstock from St. Michael, Minn. All category winners also received a case of Shell Rotella T6 full synthetic engine oil. 

Hard working truckers that couldn’t attend Rotella SuperRigs can enter Rotella Virtual SuperRigs through July 10.  Drivers can upload a photo of their truck for a chance to be the Rotella Virtual SuperRigs People’s Choice Winner.  The truck with the most votes will win $500 and voting is open until July 31.

Complete 2013 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Results

Best of Show

$10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from Mac Trailer

Place in the 2014 Rotella SuperRigs Calendar

Jonathan Eilen

Hampton, Minn.

2007 Peterbilt 379, 2013 MAC Tri-axle frameless

Best of Show 1st Runner Up

$4000 from Shell Rotella and $3,000 from Mac Trailer

William Rethwisch Jr

Tomah, Wis.

2012 Peterbilt 389, 2008 Polar quest trailer

Best of Show 2nd Runner Up

$2000 from Shell and $2,000 from Mac Trailer

Jeremy Hassevoort

Hamilton, Mich.

1986 359 Peterbilt, 2001 3000R Utility Refer

Hardworking Truck

$500

Josh Hainstock

St. Michael, Minn.

2005 Peterbilt 379

People's Choice

$500

Carl L Chase

Camp Douglas, Wis.

1993 Peterbilt 359

Best Show Truck

Vinnie Diorio

Richfield, Wis.

2013 Peterbilt 389

Best Engine

Jonathan Eilen

Hampton, Minn.

2007 Peterbilt 379 exhd, 13 MAC Tri-axle frameless

Best Lights

Moe Whitchurch

Chico, CA

2008 International 9900, 2014 Wilson AF1080

Best Chrome

Jeremy Hassevoort

Hamilton, Mich.

1986 359 Peterbilt, 2001 3000R Utility Refer

Best Theme

Jonathan Alison Dyck

Saskatoon, SK

2007 Peterbilt 379

Best Interior

William Rethwisch Jr

Tomah, Wis.

2012 Peterbilt 389

1st Place Tractor/Trailer Division

$1,500

Kevin Pascavis

Richfield, Wis.

2013 Peterbilt 389

2nd Place Tractor/Trailer Division

$1,000

Chris VanPelt

Menomonee Falls, Wis.

2007 Peterbilt 379, 2013 Mac Flatbed

3rd Place Tractor/Trailer Division

$750

Paul Rissler

California, Mo.

1996 379 Peterbilt

4th Place Tractor/Trailer Division

$500

TJ Timblin

West Bend, Wis.

2013 Peterbilt 389

5th Place Tractor/Trailer Division

$250

Moe Whitchurch

Chico, Calif.

2008 International 9900

1st Place Tractor Division

$1,500

Troy Kunshier

Hastings, Minn.

2009 389 Pete

2nd Place  Tractor Division

$1,000

Dallas McCord

Anderson, Ind.

2007 Peterbilt 379

3rd Place Tractor Division

$750

Martin Warner

Newpawa, Ont.

2013 Peterbilt 388

4th Place Tractor Division

$500

Mitch Broderson

E. Peoria, Ill.

2007 Western Star 4900ex

5th Place Tractor Division

$250

David Foster

Joplin, Mo.

2005 Kenworth W900L Studio

1st Place Classic Division

$1,500

Mike Meyer

Theilman , Minn.

W900B model 1984 Kenworth

2nd Place Classic Division

$1,000

Joel Dawes

Waterford, Wis.

1988 Pete 379

3rd Place Classic Division

$750

Trev Timblin

West Bend, Wis.

1982 Peterbilt 362

4th Place Classic Division

$500

Andy Zary

Saskatoon, Sask.

1959 Mack B61

5th Place Classic Division

$250

Troy Huddleston

Yale, Ill.

1991 Freightliner 120 Classic

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