Shell SuperRigs winners announced; couple donates $10K prize to local YMCA

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JOPLIN, Mo. — A 2007 Peterbilt 379 EXHD Legacy shown by driver John O’Keefe won Best in Show honours at this year’s Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition.

The truck, called ‘Low Life,’ also finished first in the Best Interior, Best Theme, Best Chrome, Best Lights and Best Engines categories.

Several Canadians were among the entrants at this year’s SuperRigs competition, which saw working trucks from across Canada and the US compete for about $25,000 in prizes and a chance to appear in the popular SuperRigs calendar.

The event also raised $100,000 for the All Roads Lead to Joplin initiative, which aims to rebuild the local YMCA after it was destroyed by a tornado last year. Todd and Beth Roccapriore, owners of the Best of Show winning Low Life, donated their $10,000 cash prize to the cause.

Paul Rissler of California, Mo. won Best of Show first runner-up with his 1996 Peterbilt 379 and TJ Timblin of West Bend, Wis. was awarded Best of Show second runner-up for his 2005 Kenworth 900L.

Other first place category winners included: Wayne Vogt of Hesston, Kan. in the Tractor-Trailer Division; Pat Eilen of Hampton, Minn. in the Tractor Division; and Travis Headley of Lebanon, Mo. in the Classic Division.  

The 2012 Peterbilt 389 of Shane Price of Lebo, Kan. won the People’s Choice Award, which is voted on throughout the event by all contestants and spectators

New categories included the Hardworking Award, won by Ronald Millsap of Statesville, N.C., while Paul McMasters of Bristow, Okla. won the first Shell Rotella Virtual SuperRigs award.

As for the Canadians, Randy and Jona Rebillard of Gimli, Man. finished third in the Tractor Division; Brent Greer took fifth place honours in the Classic Division; and Larry and Kim Dyck of Winnipeg, Man. won the Best Show Truck category.

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