Techs win thousands in Rush contest

| December 15, 2010

Use of diagnostic tools increases longevity, he said, a plus for delivering quality service to customers.

Pogue planned to use some of his winnings, including $10,000 and a $1.50 hourly raise, to keep his own 1992 and 1993 Cummins-powered Dodge dually pickups running right – “I’d like to trick the engine a little bit, do some body work and fix the rust,” he said.

All technicians advancing to the final round, in addition to cash prizes, were awarded permanent raises of $1 an hour, $1.25 and $1.50 for Reserve and Grand Champions.

Jerry Carpenter, of the Charlotte, N.C., Rush Truck Center, won the Jost “Fastest Hands” competition, in which techs competed for the fastest time taking apart and rebuilding a Jost fifth wheel. Carpenter’s time, 1 minute and 39 seconds, beat the next fastest time by a fraction of a second. Carpenter won $500.

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