Event Coverage: Shell Rotella 33rd Annual SuperRigs

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Over this past weekend, the 33rd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs show was held at the Retama Park in Selma, Texas. The SuperRigs show is one of the most prestigious events within the trucking industry and it certainly has the most prize money.

Kiegan Nelson - Best of Show - TruckKiegan Nelson out of Richfield, Wisconson took home the Best Of Show honor in his 1985 Peterbilt 359 hauling a 2014 MAC trailer. Not only where the Shell judges impressed with the truck, but it, also, took home the People’s Choice category.

“It was an amazing experience to compete against all these trucks and to come out on top is a great feeling,” said Nelson. “There were a lot of cool trucks here and to take home the top title is incredibly surreal.” In addition to the title of Best Of Show, Nelson takes home $10,000 from Shell Rotella and another $5,000 from MAC Trailers.

Phil Miller Livestock - Best of Show - 2nd Runner Up - Truck

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Runner up was Phil Miller’s 2010 Peterbilt 389. In addition to being runner up in Best Of Show, Miller took home Best Engine thanks to his chrome engine compartment and compounds from PDI. Miller has a few more modifications he wants to do and with the $4,000 from Shell Rotella and $3,000 from MAC Trailer it just became a lot easier to achieve.

_43B3647Now before you start looking at these trucks and think they are nothing but show trucks, we assure you, these are true working trucks. We spoke with Miller extensively (feature coming soon) about his Peterbilt and he runs about 130,000 miles a year on her and has almost 700,000 miles on the odometer.

In fact, Shell representatives said they keep everyone’s records who enter and as people register for the current show, they can check their mileage from the previous show they attended to ensure these are working trucks. This was the first year they opened a Show Only category, but those entrants are not available for “Best Of” honors.

The complete results from the 33rd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs shows are below!

Best of Show
Name: Kiegan Nelson
Home: Richfield, Wis.
Truck: 1985 Peterbilt 359
Trailer: 2014 Mac
Prize Money: Shell Rotella $10,000 / MAC Trailer $5,000
Best of Show 1st Runner Up
Name: Phil Miller Livestock
Home: Amargosa Valley, Nev.
Truck: 2010 Peterbilt 389
Trailer: 2015 Wilson Livestock
Prize Money: Shell Rotella $4000 / Mac Trailer $3,000
Best of Show 2nd Runner Up
Name: Marciano Esparza Sandoval
Home: Salinas, Calif.
Truck: 1991 Peterbilt 379 Ext Hood
Trailer: 2003 Fontaine 53’ Flatbed
Prize Money: Shell Rotella $2000 / Mac Trailer $2,000

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Working Truck – Limited Mileage
Name: Eric Adams
Home: New Bethlehem, Penn.
Truck: 2015 Peterbilt 289
Prize Money: $250
Most Hardworking Trucker
Name: Paul Rissler
Home: California, Miss.
Truck: 1996 Peterbilt 379
Trailer: 2008 Great Dane
Prize Money: $500
People’s Choice
Name: Kiegan Nelson
Home: Richfield, Wis.
Truck: 1985 Peterbilt 359
Trailer: 2014 Mac
Prize Money: $250
Show Truck
Name: Ramon R. Rodriquez
Home: Salinas, Calif.
Truck: 2015 Peterbilt 389
Trailer: Western 2015 Step Deck
Prize Money: $250
Best Engine
Name: Phil Miller Livestock
Home: Amargosa Valley, Nev.
2010 Peterbilt 389
Trailer: 2015 Wilson Livestock
Best Lights
Name: Ray French Jr.
Home: Crosby, Texas
Truck: 2002 Peterbilt 379
Best Chrome
Name: Joe Regalado
Home: Von Ormy, Texas
Truck: 1997 Peterbilt 379
Best Theme
Name: Dustin Pope
Home: Greenville, Texas
Truck: 2003 Kenworth W900L
Trailer: 2010 Utility 3000R
Best Interior
Name: Daniel and Phyllis Snow
Home: Harrison, Ark.
Truck: 1996 Freightliner Classic XL

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1st Place Tractor/Trailer Division
Name: Bobby Delon
Home: Von Ormy, Texas
Truck: 2004 Peterbilt 379
Trailer: 2014 Rango
Prize Money: $1,500
2nd Place Tractor/Trailer Division
Name: Dustin Pope
Home: Greenville, Texas
Truck: 2003 Kenworth W900L
Trailer: 2010 Utility 3000R
Prize Money: $1,000
3rd Place Tractor/Trailer Division
Name: Shawn Cielke
Home: Haugan, Mont.
Truck: 2007 Kenworth T600
Trailer: 2014 Wabash Reefer
Prize Money: $750
4th Place Tractor/Trailer Division
Name: Truett Novosad
Home: College Station, Texas
Truck: 2007 Peterbilt
Prize Money: $500
5th Place Tractor/Trailer Division
Name: Duane Hostetler
Home: Belleville, Penn.
Truck: 2006 Peterbilt 370
Trailer: 2005 Reitnour
Prize Money: $250

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1st Place Tractor Division
Name: Billy Griffin
Home: Irving, Texas
Truck: 2011 Peterbilt 389
Prize Money: $1,500
2nd Place Tractor Division
Name: David Foster
Home: Joplin, Mo.
Truck: 2005 Kenworth W900L
Prize Money: $1,000
3rd Place Tractor Division
Name: Humberto Cano
Home: Boerne, Texas
Truck: 2014 Peterbilt 389
Prize Money: $750
4th Place Tractor Division
Name: Ramon R. Rodriquez
Home: Salinas, Calif.
Truck: 2000 Peterbilt 379 Ext Hood
Prize Money: $500
5th Place Tractor Division
Name: Caleb Eilers
Home: Odessa, Texas
Truck: 2000 Peterbilt 379
Prize Money: $250

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1st Place Classic Division
Name: Daniel and Phyllis Snow
Home: Harrison, Ark.
Truck: 1996 Freightliner Classic XL
Prize Money: $1,500
2nd Place Classic Division
Name: Justin Querry
Home: Shirleysburg, Penn.
Truck: 1998 Kenworth W900L
Prize Money: $1,000
3rd Place Classic Division
Name: Walt Kurz
Home: Central Point, Ore.
Truck: 1997 Peterbilt 379
Prize Money: $750
4th Place Classic Division
Name: Michael LeJeune
Home: Church Point, La.
Truck: 1999 Peterbilt 379
Prize Money: $500
5th Place Classic Division
Name: Richard Rodriguez
Home: San Antonio, Texas
Truck: 1974 White Freightliner COE
Prize Money: $250

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Chad Westfall

With diesel running through his veins from childhood, Chad has more than a decade of experience in the automotive industry. From editorial work to wrenching, there isn’t much he hasn't conquered head-on. When he’s not writing and shooting trucks and tech, you’ll find him in the shop working on turning the ideas floating around in his head into reality.
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