Georgia driver wins Best of Show in Shell Rotella SuperRigs

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RAPHINE, Va. — Eric Turner Sr. of Ellenwood, Georgia, won Best of Show honors with his 2015 Peterbilt 389 with a 2018 Wally-Mo 8 car hauler at the 36th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held June 14-16 at White’s Travel Center in Raphine.

He was awarded $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer.

Turner also won for Best Interior.

“It feels so good to win the best of show,” Turner said. “Like I said earlier when I was in the judging lane, when I was growing up, all my dad ever had on his tool box was a Shell Rotella calendar. And he always said, ‘son one day, you’re going to be on that.’ I’ve never seen that vision, but I guess he’s seen it for me. My dad passed away last year. Thank you, Daddy.”

Matt Brune from Caldwell, Texas, was Best of Show first runner-up, $4,000 from Shell Rotella and $3,000 from MAC Trailer for his 1999 Peterbilt 379.

Jay Blackbourn of Fennimore, Wisconsin, was awarded Best of Show second runner-up, $2,000 from Shell Rotella and $2,000 from MAC Trailer for his 1999 Peterbilt 379.

Weekend highlights included the lights contest and fireworks on Thursday.

The annual truck parade was held on Friday night in downtown Lexington along with a concert by trucker and country music artist Tony Justice.

There was entertainment and events throughout the three-day event.

First place winners also included Bradlee Garretson from Lake Mills, Wisconsin, in the Tractor/Trailer Division for his 2016 Peterbilt 389 and 2017 MAC trailer; Andrew Good of Bethel, Pennsylvania in the Tractor Division with a 2016 Kenworth W900; Gerald Arthur Asbury from Sevierville, Tennessee, won in the Classic Division with his 1999 Kenworth W900L.

The Most Hard-Working Trucker award was presented to William Warner of Seneca Rock, West Virginia, for his 1997 Peterbilt 379; James A Rogers of Pevely, Missouri. won the new What Matters Is Inside award, which honors drivers who have overcome hardships and challenges. Rogers is a disabled veteran who works with the St. Christopher Trucking Fund Relief to help drivers with illness or injury.

All winners also received a case of Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 heavy duty diesel engine oil, MyMilesMatter Reward Points (MMMRP), a loyalty program for purchasing Rotella products that offers merchandise and experiences.

The Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition is considered 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 2018 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. The 11 in addition to Turner will be announced at a later date.

Complete results include:

Best of Show

Eric Turner Sr., Ellenwood, Georgia, 2015 Peterbilt 389, 2018 Wally-Mo 8 Car Hauler; $10,000 from Shell Rotella, 50,000 MMMRP, place in the 2018 Rotella SuperRigs Calendar

Best of Show 1st Runner Up

Matt Brune, Caldwell, Texas, 1999 Peterbilt 379, $4,000 from Shell Rotella, 40,000 MMMRP

Best of Show 2nd Runner Up

Jay Blackbourn, Fennimore, Wisconsin, 2016 Peterbilt 389; 2008 MAC LTT ATE 9700, $2,000 from Shell Rotella, 30,000 MMMRP

Working Truck – Limited Mileage

  1. Kaleb Hammett, Dodd City, Texas, 2017 Peterbilt 389, $1,500, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. John T. Barker III, Malvern, Pennsylvania, 1997 Peterbilt 379; 1997 Streamliner Deluxe for Horses, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; 3. Richard Shrout, Augusta, West Virginia, 2018 Peterbilt 389, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. James R. Pearce, Zebulon, North Carolina, 2001 Kenworth w900, $500, 6,000 MMMRP; 5. Cody McKenzie, Broadway, Virginia, 2018 Kenworth T800

$250 and 5,000 MMMRP.

Most Hard-Working Trucker

William Warner, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, 1997 Peterbilt 379, $500, 10,000 MMMRP

People’s Choice

John George, Fairfield, Pennsylvania, 1974 Dodge C950 Bighorn, $250, 10,000 MMMRP

What Matters Is Inside

James A. Rodgers, Peverly. Missouri, 2015 Freightliner Cascadia; 2019 Utility $500, 10,000 MMMRP

Show Truck

  1. Michael Manuel, Front Royal, Virginia, 2015 Peterbilt 389, $250, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. Mark Hollen, Denver, Pennsylvania, 2013 Peterbilt 389, $250; 3. Leon Lloyd, Winchester, Virginia, 2016 Peterbilt 389,

$250

Best Engine

Andrew Good, Bethel, Pennsylvania, 2016 Kenworth W900, 15,000 MMMRP.

Best Lights

Randy Manning, Cross Junction, Virginia, 2018 Kenworth W900L, 15,000 MMMRP

Best Chrome

Randy Manning, Cross Junction, Virginia, 2018 Kenworth W900L, 15,000 MMMRP

Best Theme

Andrew Good, Bethel, Pennsylvania, 2016 Kenworth W900, 15,000 MMMRP

Best Interior

Eric Turner Sr., Ellenwood, Georgia, 2015 Peterbilt 389; 2018 Wally Mo 8 car Hauler, 15,000 MMMRP

Tractor/Trailer Division

  1. Bradlee Garetson, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, 2016 Peterbilt 389, 2017 MAC, $1,500 and 10,000 MMMRP; 2. Brandon Smith, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1996 Peterbilt 379, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; 3. Kiegan Nelson, Hartland, Wisconsin, 2013 Peterbilt 389, 2017 Retneouer flat bed, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. Jackie Lewis, Grayson, Kentucky, 2007 Peterbilt 379, 2007 Great Dane, $500, 6,000 MMMRP; 5. Matt Kanagy, Stevens, Pennsylvania, 2006 Peterbilt, $250, 5,000 MMMRP

Tractor Division

Andrew Good, Bethel, Pennsylvania, 2016 Kenworth W900, $1,500, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. William Warner, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia; 1997 Peterbilt 379, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; 3.  Cody Warner, Elkins, West Virginia, 1987 Peterbilt 359, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. Chris Graham, Front Royal, Virginia; 2016 Peterbilt 389, $500, 6,000 MMMRP; 5. Jeremiah Wolfe, Thaxton, Virginia; 2018 Peterbilt 389, $250, 5,000 MMMRP.

Classic Division

Gerald Arthur Asbury, Sevierville, Tennessee, 1999 Kenworth W900L, $1,500, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. Les Brown, Spring Hope, North Carolina, 1966 Kenworth W900A, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; John Byers, Montpelier, Virginia, 1988 MAC Superliner, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. Daniel and Phyllis Snow, Harrison, Arkansas, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL,  2006 Utility, $500, 6,000 MMMRP.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations Eric for winning Best in Show!
    We met Eric and his crew last year at MATS.
    See him, and his award-winning truck, discuss Autonomous Vehicles in our Entertainment page.
    Click the ENTERTAINMENT link above to watch now.

    Happy trucking!!

  2. Yeah the is a clean machine! We talked for a good while at Kram tire on Moreland ave in Conley,Ga. Cool Cat fuh sho…Congrats big brudda!

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