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Shell ROTELLA SuperRigs participants survive ‘monsoon,’ ready to shine on 2nd day of judging

The first tractor through the line on Friday was driven by Brian Babcock and wasn’t a working truck, being entered for show only. It featured an interior festooned with African Rosewood flooring, trim and knobs.

By CLIFF ABBOTT
The Trucker Staff

5/16/2014

Contestants woke to sunshine in Charlotte this morning as the storms that cut yesterday’s SuperRigs judging short moved out of the area.

After the morning monsoon on Thursday, several trucks made it through the judging station before torrential afternoon rains and a tornado warning rendered further judging impossible.

Friday’s high temperature is predicted to be in the low 70’s with a light, westerly breeze. The Shell Rotella VIP lot was filled with contestants wiping away residue from the rain and preparing for the judging line.

The first tractor through the line on Friday was driven by Brian Babcock and wasn’t a working truck, being entered for show only. And a show it was, with a beautiful grey and maroon color combination and an interior festooned with African Rosewood flooring, trim and knobs.

A busy day is expected as entrants take advantage of the beautiful weather. Judging hours will be extended as necessary to make sure every entrant has an opportunity.

Today’s SuperRigs festivities include a remote control tractor competition, contestant lunch Premium Grilling Experience and an evening truck parade on the Charlotte Motor Speedway track, followed by the SuperRigs light contest. A fireworks show at the zMax Dragway tops off the evening.

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