It was a hot time in Ol’ San Antone as Rush Truck Centers topped off its sixth annual technician challenge with Rush truck technicians competing in various events, including OE engine, refuse, medium duty and heavy duty.
The awards banquet Dec. 13 kicked off with a bang when reigning NASCAR champ Tony Stewart made a surprise visit to commend the finalists for their dedication and hard work. Rush is a sponsor of Stewart’s racing team.
The Rush event has grown steadily over the last six years, with Rush business partners contributing over $6 million to help the company recognize its technicians. Rush CEO Rusty Rush said as the trucking industry has evolved to meet the economic downturn, the Rush business model has adapted as well. “More than ever,” Rush emphasized, “we are a service company. And when I say ‘Service sells trucks,’ I mean it!”
The night’s big winners were Michael Willoughby of Oklahoma City, who received $12,000 in total winnings as Medium Duty champ, and Erick Lincoln of Albuquerque, with total prizes of $10,000 as Heavy Duty champion. Both men and their wives received an additional gift of a Caribbean Cruise after receiving their awards.
Other winners included: