Trend Settin’, Family Buziness crowned Pride & Polish national champs

| August 24, 2013
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Vinnie Diorio’s 2013 Peterbilt 389 and 2009 Mac

Vinnie Diorio and Todd Roccapriore have to find some room in their already packed trophy cases for one more award from a 2013 show truck tour that saw them each take top honors at Pride & Polish stops all around the country.

This award, however, is the culmination of that yearlong tour, as each has been named the winner of the 2013 Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish National Championship in their respective categories.

See a full list of winners — and photos of the Best of Show winners — below.

Diorio and his 2013 Peterbilt 389 and matching Mac trailer (dubbed Trend Settin’) won in the Limited-Mileage Combo category. The Richfield, Wis.-based small fleet owner qualified for the National Championship judging round after winning Best of Show at the Crossville, Tenn.-based Pride & Polish event held at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits customer appreciation show. 

Diorio also picked up a Best of Show victory with a different truck — another 2013 Peterbilt 389 and matching Mac trailer combo —  at the 75 Chrome Shop Show in April in Wildwood, Fla.

Todd Roccapriore's 2001 Peterbilt 379

Todd Roccapriore’s 2001 Peterbilt 379

Roccapriore won his National Championship trophy in the Limited-Mileage Bobtail category with his 2001 Peterbilt 379, Family Buziness.

The Connecticut-based small fleet owner this year has swept every Pride & Polish show he’s competed in with the truck, picking up Best of Show victories at the Wildwood and Crossville shows and the Great West Truck Show Pride & Polish in Las Vegas in June. He co-shows the truck with Performance Diesel Inc.’s Jerad Wittwer, who built the truck for Roccapriore. 

In the working truck categories, Tomah, Wis.-based small fleet owner Bill Rethwisch picked up the national champion title in the Working Combo category with his 2007 Peterbilt 379 and matching Polar tanker. Rethwisch won Best of Show at the Fitzgerald Pride & Polish show to qualify for the National Championship judging round.

Josh Skidmore's truck

Josh Skidmore’s 2007 Peterbilt 379

In the Working Bobtail category, Josh Skidmore and his 2007 Peterbilt 379 won top billing. Skidmore won Best of Show in Las Vegas at the Great West Truck Show, qualifying him for the National Championship round

In the show’s general Pride & Polish competition, Jerry Mies of Colwich, Kan., won Best of Show, Working Combo, with his 2013 Peterbilt 389 and matching milk tanker. Miles has dubbed the rig the “Lactose Limousine”.

Raymond Riojas of Waco, Texas, won Best of Show, Working Bobtail, with his 1983 Peterbilt 359.

Brian Davis, of Owensville, Ind., won Best of Show, Limited-Mileage Combo, with his 2005 Peterbilt 379 and 2012 Wilson trailer, and Broken Bow, Okla., resident Shawn Gibson’s 2013 Peterbilt 389 won Best of Show in the Limited-Mileage Bobtail category.

Bill Rethwisch's 20xx Peterbilt 379

Bill Rethwisch’s 2007 Peterbilt 379 and Polar tanker

In the inaugural Trucker’s Choice competition — in which online voters chose their favorite truck out of the National Championship field — Austin Ashley and his 2007 Peterbilt 379 scored the most votes and won. Ashley’s truck won Best of Show in the 2012 Great American Trucking Show Pride & Polish to qualify.

The 2013 Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish National Championship series began at the 2012 Great American Trucking Show, where the four Best of Show winners qualified to compete in a final judging round.

Best of Show winners from the other five Pride & Polish shows held in the previous year — the 2012 PDI Dyno Event, 2012 Charlotte Diesel Super Show, 2013 75 Chrome Shop Show, 2013 Great West Truck Show and the 2013 Fitzgerald Truck Show — also qualified for the National Championship round of judging. 

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Brian Davis’ 2005 Peterbilt 379 and 2012 Wilson won Best of Show, Limited-Mileage Combo.

 

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Shawn Gibson’s 2013 Peterbilt 389 won Best of Show, Limited-Mileage Bobtail.

 

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Jerry Mies’ 2013 Peterbilt 389 won Best of Show, Working Combo.

 

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Raymond Riojas 1983 Peterbilt 359 won Best of Show, Working Bobtail.

 

Here’s a full list of winners from both the National Championship round and the general Pride & Polish competition:

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LIMITED MILEAGE COMBO 

National Champion: Vinnie Diorio, Richfield, WI; 2013 Orange & Purple Peterbilt 389/2009 MAC Curtainside – “Trendsettin’”

2nd Place – Isaac Aguilar/Bill Sandvik, Valley Center, CA; 1998 White & Blue Peterbilt 379/1993 Ravens Flatbed

3rd Place (tie) – Paul Marcotte, Momence, IL; 1999 Red & Black Peterbilt 379/1976 Heil Tanker – “Barely Legal”

3rd Place (tie) – Michael Manuel, Front Royal, VA; 1984 Black, Orange & Copper Peterbilt 359/2003 Benson Flatbed – “Custombilt”

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LIMITED MILEAGE BOBTAIL

National Champion: Todd Roccapriore & Jerad Wittwer/PDI, Inc., St. George, UT; 2001 Blue & Black Peterbilt 379 – “Family Buziness”

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  WORKING COMBO

National Champion: Billy Rethwisch, Jr/Rethwisch Transportation, Tomah, WI; 2012 Orange & White Peterbilt 389/2008 Polar Tanker

2nd  Place – #395 – Kevin Pascavis/Vinnie Diorio, Richfield, WI; 2013 Blue & Orange Peterbilt 389/2010 MAC Curtainside – “NV’d”

3rd Place – #398 – Ray Rodriguez, Jr, Salinas, CA; 1988 Lavender & Purple Flamed Peterbilt 379/2003 Faumf Flatbed – “Hardway”

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WORKING BOBTAIL

National Champion: Josh Skidmore, Todd Henry & Jim Henry/Skidmore Transportation Services, Inc., Brigham City, UT; 2007 White & Yellow Peterbilt 379

2nd Place  Austin Ashley, Raleigh, MS; 2007 Purple & White Peterbilt 379 – “Double Take” 

3rd Place Joel & AJ Dawes/Dawes Contract Cartage, Waterford, WI; 1988 White & Green Peterbilt 379 – “Family Tradition”

 

BEST OF SHOW OVERALL

LIMITED MILEAGE BOBTAIL 

Winner: Shawn Gibson, Broken Bow, OK; 2013 Black & Blue Peterbilt 389 – “Wicked Obsession”

LIMITED MILEAGE COMBO

Winner: Brian Davis/Davis Bros, Owensville, IN; 2005 Blue & Black Peterbilt 379/2012 Wilson Trailer – “Super Freak” 

2nd Place – Henry Hall, Jr/Henry Hall, Sr, Von Ormy, TX; 2004 Black & Red Peterbilt 379/2014 Fontaine  – “Temptation”

3rd Place – Dustin Pope, Greenville, TX; 2003 Viper Red Kenworth W900L/2010 Muralled Utility Reefer

WORKING COMBO  

Winner: Jerry Mies, Colwich, KS; 2013 Teal & Pearl White Peterbilt 389/2007 Walker Milk Tanker – “Lactose Limousine” 

WORKING BOBTAIL  

Winner: Raymond Riojas/Hobbs Leasing, Inc, Waco, TX; 1983 Yellow Peterbilt 359 – “Old Yellow”

 

WORKING COMBO – FIRST SHOW

1st Place– Victor Maiden/Stevens Transport, Dallas, TX; 2013 White Mack CHM613/2012 Southern Vac

2nd Place – Leonardo Martinez/AJ Lopez Trucking, San Antonio, TX; 2004 Green Peterbilt 379/Travis End Dump 

3rd Place – Gilbert Velazquez/Go Tex Trucking, Inc, Dallas, TX; 2000 White Peterbilt 379/2013 Drop Deck Van

WORKING COMBO –COMPANY TRUCK – 2012 & OLDER

1st Place – Larry Brige/Integrated Wind, Scott City, MO; 1999 White Peterbilt 379/2014 Fontaine Revolution

2nd Place – Donald Senegal/Clark Freight Lines, Pasadena, TX; 2012 Black Kenworth T660/1995 Utility Curtainside

WORKING COMBO – COMPANY TRUCK – 2013 & NEWER

1st Place – James Washington/Stevens Transport, Dallas, TX; 2014 Black Kenworth T680/2013 Utility Van

2nd Place – Tim Pietrzak/Werner Enterprises, Omaha, NE; 2014 Light Continental Blue Freightliner Evolution Cascadia/2013 Wabash Van

3rd Place – James Lockhart/Ergon Trucking, Vicksburg, MS; 2013 Black & Purple Petebilt 386/2008 Polar Tanker

WORKING COMBO  – 2003 & Older

1st Place – Ray Rodriguez, Jr, Salinas, CA; 2000 Lavender & Purple Flamed Peterbilt 379; 2006 Flatbed

2nd Place – Cody Pipkin, Saltillo, TX; 2003 Blue Kenworth W900/2013 East Dump

3rd Place – Donnie Pipkin, Pickton, TX; 2002 Red Peterbilt 379/2013 MAC Dump

WORKING COMBO  -2005 & NEWER

1st Place – Jerry Mies, Colwich, KS; 2013 Teal & Pearl White Peterbilt 389/2007 Walker Milk Tanker – “Lactose Limousine”

2nd Place – Jose Seguin, Jr/Bill Hall, Jr, San Antonio, TX; 2005 Blue Peterbilt 379X/2013 Vantage – “Deja Blue”

3rd Place – Kyle Cousins, Joplin, MO; 2008 Black & Red Kenworth W900L/2014 Great Dane Trailer – “Ace In The Hole” 

WORKING BOBTAIL – FIRST SHOW – 2010 & OLDER

1st Place – Shane Bouillion, Carancro, LA; 2001 Dark Rose Grey Peterbilt 379

2nd Place – Jerry Cruz/Erica Cruz, San Antonio, TX; 2000 Black & Orange Peterbilt 379 – “Ghost”

3rd Place – Nick Hickman/Michael Pool, Odessa, TX; 2008 Pink & White Peterbilt 365 – “Hope”

WORKING BOBTAIL – FIRST SHOW – 2012 & NEWER

1st Place – David Green/Werner Enterprises, Omaha, NE; 2013 Light Continental Blue Freightliner Cascadia – “Freedom 2”

2nd Place – Benjamin Cadle, Augusta, GA; 2013 White & Green Freightliner Coronado

3rd Place – Larry “Moe” Smith/Harkness Litter Service, Center, TN; 2014 Orange & White Peterbilt 389

WORKING BOBTAIL – COMPANY TRUCK

1ST Place – David Kosar, Jr/Riteway Transportation, Irving, TX; 2004 Blue Peterbilt 379 – “Just Passin’ Thru”

2nd Place – David Kosar, Sr/Riteway Transportation, Irving, TX; 2008 White, Red & Gold Peterbilt 389 

WORKING BOBTAIL –2000 & Older

1st Place Tie – Michael Lemley, Mustang, OK; 2000 Red Peterbilt 379 – “Cathouse”

1st Place Tie – Scott Rud, Byron, MN; 2000 Silver & Red Peterbilt 379

2nd Place – Raymond Riojas/Hobbs Leasing, Inc, Waco, TX; 1983 Yellow Peterbilt 359 – “Old Yellow”

3rd Place – Leniel Kimble, Fordoche, LA; 1985 Taupe Peterbilt 359 – “Big Mama”

 WORKING BOBTAIL –2005 & Newer

1st Place – David Foster, Joplin, MO; 2005 Red & Silver Kenworth W900L

2nd Place – Tom Davis/Davis Bros, Owensville, IN; 2014 Black & Orange Peterbilt 389

3rd Place – Bubba Ray/Jack Odom, Longview, TX; 2014 Copper Peterbilt 389

ANTIQUE BOBTAIL –

1st Place – David Schnautz/Clark Freight Lines, LaPorte, TX; 1985 Blue Kenworth K100E

2nd Place – Wade Wardlaw, Woodville, TX; 1975 White & Copper Peterbilt 359 – “Wade’s Pride and Joy”

3rd Place – David Schnautz/Clark Freight Lines, LaPorte, TX; 1981 Blue & Silver Kenworth W900A 

INTERIOR – CAB ONLY

1st Place – Jerry Mies, Colwich, KS; 2013 Teal & Pearl White Peterbilt 389/2007 Walker Milk Tanker – “Lactose Limousine”

2nd Place – Kyle Cousins, Joplin, MO; 2008 Black & Red Kenworth W900L/2014 Great Dane Trailer – “Ace In The Hole”

3rd Place – David Kosar, Jr/Riteway Transportation, Irving, TX; 2004 Blue Peterbilt 379 – “Just Passin’ Thru”

INTERIOR – OEM SLEEPER

1st Place – David Foster, Joplin, MO; 2005 Red & Silver Kenworth W900L

INTERIOR – AFTERMARKET SLEEPER

1st Place – Linda Caffee, Silex, MO; 2012 White Freightliner Cascadia

BEST INTERIOR – LIMITED MILEAGE

Brian Davis/Davis Bros, Owensville, IN; 2005 Blue & Black Peterbilt 379/2012 Wilson Trailer – “Super Freak” 

ENGINE –WORKING TRUCK

1st Place – Jerry Mies, Colwich, KS; 2013 Teal & Pearl White Peterbilt 389/2007 Walker Milk Tanker – “Lactose Limousine”

2nd Place Tie – David Kosar, Jr/Riteway Transportation, Irving, TX; 2004 Blue Peterbilt 379 – “Just Passin’ Thru”

2nd Place Tie – Ray Rodriguez, Jr, Salinas, CA; 2000 Lavender & Purple Flamed Peterbilt 379; 2006 Flatbed

3rd Place – David Kosar, Sr/Riteway Transportation, Irving, TX; 2008 White, Red & Gold Peterbilt 389

BEST ENGINE – LIMITED MILEAGE

Tie – Shawn Gibson, Broken Bow, OK; 2013 Black & Blue Peterbilt 389 – “Wicked Obsession”

Tie – Brian Davis/Davis Bros, Owensville, IN; 2005 Blue & Black Peterbilt 379/2012 Wilson Trailer – “Super Freak”

CUSTOM PAINT – COMBO

1st Place – Jerry Mies, Colwich, KS; 2013 Teal & Pearl White Peterbilt 389/2007 Walker Milk Tanker – “Lactose Limousine”

2nd Place – Ray Rodriguez, Jr, Salinas, CA; 2000 Lavender & Purple Flamed Peterbilt 379; 2006 Flatbed

3rd Place – Ron “Smitty” Smith/Harkness Litter Service, Center, TN; 1999 Purple Peterbilt 379/2012 Trinity Trailer

BEST PAINT – LIMITED MILEAGE COMBO

Brian Davis/Davis Bros, Owensville, IN; 2005 Blue & Black Peterbilt 379/2012 Wilson Trailer – “Super Freak”

CUSTOM PAINT – BOBTAIL

1st Place – Scott Rud, Byron, MN; 2000 Silver & Red Peterbilt 379

2nd Place – David Foster, Joplin, MO; 2005 Red & Silver Kenworth W900L

3rd Place – David Kosar, Sr/Riteway Transportation, Irving, TX; 2008 White, Red & Gold Peterbilt 389

BEST PAINT – LIMITED MILEAGE BOBTAIL

Shawn Gibson, Broken Bow, OK; 2013 Black & Blue Peterbilt 389 – “Wicked Obsession”

LIMITED MILEAGE BOBTAIL –

3rd Place – Chris Anderson, Odessa, TX; 2000 Multicolored Kenworth W900L

2nd Place – Tuffy Yeary/KRY Trucking, Weatherford, TX; 1978 Brown & Red Kenworth W900A – “Texas Style”

 

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