Rush technicians earn more than $225,000 in prizes at Tech Rodeo

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Updated Dec 14, 2017

2017 Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo winnersWith $225,000 in cash and prizes, you could safely say that Christmas came a little early for the winners of the 2017 Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo.

Rush Enterprises CEO Rusty Rush played the role of Santa, so to speak, handing out checks and prizes 40 times from a stage within a large conference room in the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.

“It’s so special for me to be able to come here for the 12th year,” Rush told a room filled with about 800 people.

Rush heaped plenty of praise on his employees who work at Rush Truck Centers across the country.

“My heart and my connection to you is there, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart because you have made the organization, you make your families and we make so many other families better because of our commitment to making it happen,” said Rush who runs the largest commercial vehicle dealership network in the U.S.

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, who’s sponsored by Rush Truck Centers, joined Rush later on stage to announce Overall Grand Champion Justin Euler. Bowyer is featured in the first photo below alongside Euler (in the middle) and Rush (on the right).

We’ll follow-up tomorrow with some interviews of the winners. In the meantime, here’s the list of winning technicians, parts specialists and sales personnel. More pictures are posted below.

Overall Grand Champion

Justin Euler, Rush Truck Center – St. Peters, Total Winnings $18,000

Grand Champions

Aftermarket Sales: Tony Abbott, Rush Truck Center – Haines City, Total Winnings $7,500

Parts: Michael Lyles, Rush Truck Center – Phoenix, Total Winnings $11,000

Medium-Duty: Justin Euler, Rush Truck Center – St. Peters

Heavy-Duty: Erick Lincoln, Rush Truck Center – Albuquerque

Reserve Grand Champions

Aftermarket Sales: Gary Gates, Rush Truck Center – Houston, Total Winnings: $4,500

Parts: David Zainfeld, Rush Truck Center – Houston, Total Winnings $9,000

Medium-Duty: Travis Graham, Rush Truck Center – Orlando, Total Winnings $9,500

Heavy-Duty: Jason Swann, Rush Truck Center – Dallas, Total Winnings $10,250

Heavy Duty – Navistar


1st place: Dylan Moser, Rush Truck Center – Richmond, $6750

2nd place: Maciej Gal, Rush Truck Center – Chicago, $4,400

3rd place: Andrew Frieling, Rush Truck Center – Joliet, $3,000


1st place: Carl Trevino, Custom Vehicle Solutions, $5,800

2nd place: Travis Webster, Rush Truck Center – Houston Medium-Duty, $4,400

Paccar MX

1st place: Glenn Boothe, Rush Truck Center – Nashville, $6,750

2nd place: Johnny Mendez, Rush Truck Center – San Antonio, $3,000

3rd place: Eduardo Gutierrez, Rush Truck Center – Phoenix, $4,400


1st: Michael Jones, Rush Truck Center – Tucson, $6,750

2nd: Erick Lincoln, Rush Truck Center – Albuquerque, $4,400

3rd place: Wesley Appleton, Rush Truck Center – Odessa, $3,000

Alternative Fuels

1st: Matt Chilson Rush Truck Center – Houston Northwest, $5,800

2nd: Gonzalo Uribe, Rush Truck Center – Fontana Vocational Services, $4,400


1st: Jason Swann, Rush Truck Center – Dallas, $6,750

2nd: Sylvester Chandler, Rush Truck Center – Dallas, $4,400

3rd: Peter Dezwart, Rush Truck Center – Doraville, $3,000

Medium-Duty – Bus

1st: Derrick Kollin, Rush Truck Center – Cincinnati, $4,400

2nd: Barry Thompson, Rush Bus Center – Dallas $5,800


1st: Steven Brain, Rush Truck Center – Dallas Medium-Duty, $6,000

2nd: Billy Stanley, Rush Truck Center – Houston, $44,00


1st: Justin Euler, Rush Truck Center – St. Peters

2nd: Tom Hamilton, Rush Truck Center – Smyrna, $4,400


1st: Mark Smith, Rush Truck Center – Doraville, $6,000

2nd: Kory Sangster, Rush Truck Center – Dallas Light- and Medium-Duty, $4,400


1st: Travis Graham, Rush Truck Center – Orlando, $6,000

2nd: Louis Fontano, Rush Truck Center – Fontana, $4,400

Parts Finalists (representing all Parts categories)

1st Ford: Timothy Howard, Rush Truck Center – Las Vegas

1st Peterbilt: Michael Lyles, Rush Truck Center – Phoenix

1st International: Tom Murray, Rush Truck Center – Gary

1st Isuzu: John O’Brien, Rush Truck Center – Orlando South

1st Hino: David Zainfeld, Rush Truck Center – Houston

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