Best of the best: Custom trucks take home the hardware from MATS

Updated Apr 14, 2023

This past Saturday, April 1, five trucks were crowned Best of Show at the 2023 PKY Truck Beauty Championship as part of the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Winners were also announced in 32 additional categories -- those included a People's Choice overall winner, the new-this-year Troy "The Legend" Huddleston Award, the Jake Eilen Take Pride in Your Ride Award, and many more. 

The five Best of Show winners:

J.T. Picha's 2022 Kenworth W900Working Truck -- Bobtail: J.T. Picha's 2022 Kenworth W900

Matt Kelley's 2017 Peterbilt 389 daycabWorking Truck -- Combo: Matt Kelley's 2017 Peterbilt 389, "Hollywood"

Jamie Williams' 2019 Kenworth W900Limited Mileage -- Bobtail with Miles: Jamie Williams' 2019 Kenworth W900, "Devilish Ways"

Conrad Shada's 2020 Peterbilt 389Limited Mileage -- Bobtail with No Miles: Conrad Shada's 2020 Peterbilt 389

Rolan Nolt's 1995 Kenworth W900LLimited Mileage -- Combo: Rolan Nolt's 1995 Kenworth W900L

The full list of winners from the show can be seen below:

2023 PKY Truck Beauty Championship results

Working Truck -- Bobtail
Best of Show: J.T. Picha, 2022 Kenworth W900
2nd: Zach Curry, 2016 Peterbilt 389
3rd: Brian Pete, 2023 Peterbilt 389

Working Truck -- Combo
Best of Show: Matt Kelley, 2017 Peterbilt 389 daycab, “Hollywood”
2nd: Andrew Reed, 2007 Peterbilt 379, “Bluegrass Hustler”
3rd: Jacob Price, 2022 Peterbilt 389, “Second to None”

Limited Mileage -- Bobtail with miles
Best of Show: Jamie Williams, 2019 Kenworth W900, "Devilish Ways"
2nd: Cody Carpenter, 2000 Peterbilt 379EXHD, “Crop Stalker”
3rd: Matt Schreiner, 1986 Peterbilt 352, "Quick Fix"
4th: Adam Johnson, 1994 Kenworth W900L, “Deep Roots”
5th: Dustin Lopedota, 1990 Peterbilt 379, “Category 5”

Limited Mileage -- Bobtail with no miles
Best of Show: Conrad Shada, 2020 Peterbilt 389
2nd: Eric Bauer, 2022 Peterbilt 389, “Midlife Crisis”
3rd: Bryanlee Wagner, 2023 Peterbilt 389
4th: Elton Wek, 2000 Peterbilt 379
5th: Dan Brubaker, 2022 Peterbilt 389, “Afterthought”

Limited Mileage -- Combo
Best of Show: Rolan Nolt, 1995 Kenworth W900L
2nd: Troy Massey, 2014 Peterbilt 389, “Lot Rot”
3rd: Troy Massey, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Dust in the Wind”
4th: Justin Jaegers, 2023 Kenworth W900
5th: Kevin Babler, 2022 Peterbilt 389

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New Truck -- Bobtail
Brian Pete's 2023 Peterbilt 3891st: Brian Pete, 2023 Peterbilt 3892nd: Dakota Punches, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Rumor Has It”

3rd: Austin Duffield, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Geraldine”

New Truck -- Combo
Keith Lance's 2023 Peterbilt 389Keith Lance, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Against All Odds”

First Show -- Bobtail
Willie Flores Jr.'s 1995 Peterbilt 3791st: Willie Flores Jr., 1995 Peterbilt 3792nd: Lee Norman, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Shine Like a Diamond”

First Show -- Combo
Tracy Rieks' 2017 Kenworth W900L1st: Tracy Rieks, 2017 Kenworth W900L2nd: Eddie Telles, 2015 Peterbilt 389

3rd: Brian Cobb, 2019 Peterbilt 389

Antique Original -- Bobtail
Brian Stevens' 1991 Peterbilt 3791st: Brian Stevens, 1991 Peterbilt 379, “Mile O”2nd: Kevin Miller, 1985 Mack Superliner

Antique Custom -- Bobtail
Andy Goettsch's 1979 International 4070B1st: Andy Goettsch, 1979 International 4070B2nd: Kate Whiting, 1973 Kenworth W900A, “Cherry Pie”

3rd: Ed Harwell, 1988 Freightliner FLT86

Antique Original -- Combo
Greg Vanderwal's 1994 Kenworth W900LGreg Vanderwal, 1994 Kenworth W900L, “1094”

Antique Custom -- Combo
Jason Sanders' 1994 Kenworth W900Jason Sanders, 1994 Kenworth W900, “Playin for Keeps”

Working Truck -- Company Owned
Michael Maddox's 2023 Peterbilt 3891st: Michael Maddox, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Bad Intentions”2nd: Brian Harney, 2022 Peterbilt 389 Rotator, “Gascan”

3rd: William Harris, 2021 Peterbilt 567

Working Truck -- Engine
1st: Brian Pete, 2023 Peterbilt 389
2nd: Jonathan Dyck, 1979 Peterbilt 352
3rd: Dakota Punches, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Rumor Has It”

Working Truck -- Bobtail, Paint & Graphics
Dakota Punches' 2023 Peterbilt 3891st: Dakota Punches, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Rumor Has It”2nd: Kate Whiting, 1973 Kenworth W900A, “Cherry Pie”

3rd: Brian Pete, 2023 Peterbilt 389

Working Truck -- Combo, Paint & Graphics
1st: Jason Sanders, 1994 Kenworth W900, “Playin for Keeps”
2nd: Keith Lance, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Against All Odds”
3rd: Jayson and Josh Loyer, 2004 Kenworth W900L

Working Truck -- Bobtail, Lights
Brian Harney's 2022 Peterbilt 389 Rotator1st: Brian Harney, 2022 Peterbilt 389 Rotator, “Gascan”2nd: Jake Arment, 2022 Peterbilt 389, “Icing on the Cake”

3rd: Philip Rindelhardt, 2000 Kenworth W900L

Working Truck -- Combo, Lights
Matt Kelley's 2017 Peterbilt 389 daycabWorking Truck -- Combo: Matt Kelley's 2017 Peterbilt 389, "Hollywood"2nd: Jacob Price, 2022 Peterbilt 389, “Second to None”

3rd: Cody Davis, 2022 Kenworth W900L, “Mojito”

Best Use of Chrome -- Bobtail
Conrad Shada, 2020 Peterbilt 389

Best Use of Chrome -- Combo
Troy Massey's 2014 Peterbilt 389Troy Massey, 2014 Peterbilt 389, “Lot Rot”

Working Truck -- Interior, Cab Only
1st: Jake Arment, 2022 Peterbilt 389, “Icing on the Cake” 168
2nd: John McCormick, 2021 Kenworth W900L, “The Bandit”
3rd: Dakota Punches, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Rumor Has It”

Working Truck -- Interior, OEM Sleeper
1st: Andrew Winger, 2004 Peterbilt 379EXHD
2nd: Earl Chapman, 1984 Peterbilt 359
3rd: Cody Davis, 2022 Kenworth W900L, “Mojito”

Working Truck -- Interior, Aftermarket Sleeper
1st: AJ Frankie, 1985 Peterbilt 359, “Cash’s Hot Rod”
2nd: Jason Akers, 2000 Peterbilt 379, “Hollywood”

Limited Mileage -- Interior
Troy Massey, 2023 Peterbilt 389, “Dust in the Wind”

Limited Mileage -- Engine
Rolan Nolt, 1995 Kenworth W900L

Limited Mileage -- Bobtail Paint
Conrad Shada's 2020 Peterbilt 389Conrad Shada, 2020 Peterbilt 389

Limited Mileage -- Combo Paint
Troy Massey's 2014 Peterbilt 389Troy Massey, 2014 Peterbilt 389, “Lot Rot”

Limited Mileage -- Bobtail, Lights with Miles
Adam Johnson's 1994 Kenworth W900LAdam Johnson, 1994 Kenworth W900L, “Deep Roots”

Limited Mileage -- Bobtail, Lights with No Miles
Bryanlee Wagner's 2023 Peterbilt 389Bryanlee Wagner, 2023 Peterbilt 389

Limited Mileage -- Combo, Lights
Justin Jaegers' 2023 Kenworth W900Justin Jaegers, 2023 Kenworth W900

People’s Choice
Cody Warner's 2022 Peterbilt 389Cody Warner, 2022 Peterbilt 389

Troy “The Legend” Huddleston Award
Zach Curry's 2016 Peterbilt 389Zach Curry, 2016 Peterbilt 389

Jake Eilen Take Pride in Your Ride Award
Jonathan Dyck's Peterbilt 362Jonathan Dyck, 1979 Peterbilt 352

Running Late Award, Presented by Rockwood
Kary Bryce's 2023 Peterbilt 389XKary Bryce, 2023 Peterbilt 389X

Winners of the special NAST (National Association of Show Trucks) Award

Best of Show Bobtail
Conrad Shada, 2020 Peterbilt 389

Best of Show Combo
Rolan Nolt, 1995 Kenworth W900L

Nolt and Shada were both also honored in numerous categories among PKY results above -- find pictures of their rigs there. Catch more views from the MATS PKY lot via the following links: 

**Line up, shine up: Early views from the 2023 Mid-America Trucking Show
**Stars of the show: The rolling, hardworking works of art on offer at MATS

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