JOPLIN, MO. They came, they were seen, they carried away the trophies and some serious cash. Meet the winners of the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held June 9-11 at the Joplin Convention & Trade Center.
Jake Lindamood of Irving, TX captured Best of Show honors with his 1988 Peterbilt Model 379. He was awarded $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer.
“We won Best of Show and got picked for the SuperRigs calendar which was super exciting,” said Jake Lindamood, “Winning Best of Show was huge and we are just beyond thrilled about it."
Jay Blackbourn of Fennimore, WI won Best of Show first runner-up, $4,000 from Shell Rotella and $3,000 from MAC Trailer for his 2015 Peterbilt Model 389. Charles Self of Neosho, MO was awarded Best of Show second runner-up, $2,000 from Shell Rotella and $2,000 from MAC Trailer for his 2004 Peterbilt Model 379X.
Owner-operators from across the U.S. and Canada compete at SuperRigs for cash and prizes valued at approximately $25,000. Twelve drivers were also selected to have their truck featured in the 2017 Shell ROTELLA SuperRigs calendar.
First place winners also included Paul Piretti of Springfield, MO in the Tractor/Trailer Division for his 2015 Peterbilt Model 389 Pride & Class and 2015 Etnyre trailer; Joel Dawes of Waterford, WI in the Tractor Division with a 2014 Kenworth T660; Billy Baker of St. Catherines, ON won in the Classic Division with his 2000 Kenworth W900L. The Hardest Working Trucker award went to Chad Berry of Medford, Wis. who drives a 2012 Peterbilt Model 386.
A record number of 89 trucks were judged during the weekend. The Limited Mileage and Non-Working/Show Truck categories were expanded to recognize three trucks in each division. Sam’s Club donated free one-year memberships to the Best of Show winners, the first and second place Tractor/Trailer, Tractor and Classic winners, the People’s Choice winner and Hardest Working Trucker.