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2016 Rush Tech Rodeo: Winners, prizes announced

Luke Manlief, right, with Rusty Rush, CEO of Rush Enterprises.

Luke Manlief, right, with Rusty Rush, CEO of Rush Enterprises.

Lucas Manlief of Indianapolis, Ind., was named the overall winner at the 11th annual Rush Tech Rodeo on Tuesday night.

“It is just surreal right now,” Manlief said just minutes after being named the competition’s winner. He competed in the Medium-Duty International competition on Monday and Tuesday.

But, becoming a service tech was not a life-long plan. “I just kind of fell into it,” Manlief says. “I was actually a driver and then just fell into this.”

Manlief says it’s a decision that he never looks back on. “I love it,” he says. “I love repairing trucks and getting them back out on the road.”

Rush Enterprises CEO Rusty Rush commended all 165 techs who competed in the two-day event, crediting them with being the “heartbeat of the company.”

Listed below are the winners and prize amounts awarded in each category.

Parts

Ford

  • First place: Ron Hall, Rush Truck Center – Dallas Light- and Medium-Duty ($2,750 cash and prizes)

Hino

  • First place: Aaron Van Straten, Rush Truck Center – Sealy ($2,750)

Isuzu

  • First place: John O’Brien, Rush Truck Center – Orlando South (($2,750)

International

  • First Place: Alejandro Gonzalez, Rush Truck Center – Atlanta ($2,750)

Peterbilt

  • First Place: Randy Brehm, Rush Truck Center – San Antonio ($2,750)

Rising Star

  • Third place: Thomas Powell, Rush Truck Center – Austin ($3,800)
  • Second place: Nathaniel Walder, Rush Truck Center – Dayton ($6,300)
  • First place: John Malone, Rush Truck Center – Lake City ($6,700)

Vocational

  • Second place: Marc Hurley, Rush Truck Center – Denver ($3,325)
  • First place: Carl Trevino, Rush Truck Center – Houston Medium-Duty ($5,200)

Bus

  • Second place: William Loving, Rush Truck Center – Gainesville ($3,200)
  • First place: Shane Myers, Rush Truck Center – Springfield OH (($5,200)

Body Repair

  • Second place: Marcos Silva, Rush Truck Center – San Antonio ($3,400)
  • First place: Ryan Dugat, Rush Truck Center – Lufkin (($5,200)

Body Paint

  • Second place: Daniel Skiles, Rush Truck Center – Denver ($3,400)
  • First place: Shawn Hengstebeck, Rush Truck Center – Fontana Collision Center ($5,100)

Medium-Duty

Hino

  • Second place: Steven Brain, Rush Truck Center – Dallas Medium-Duty ($3,000)
  • First place: Matthew Pogue, Rush Truck Center – San Antonio ($4,000)

Isuzu

  • Second place: Chris Williams, Rush Truck Center – Denver ($3,000)
  • First place: Rick Nonamaker Rush Truck Center – Waco ($4,000)

International

  • Second place: Eric Custead, Rush Truck Center –  Hickory ($3,000)
  • First place: Lucas Manlief, Rush Truck Center – Indianapolis ($4,000)

Peterbilt

  • Second place: Dustin Ebert, Rush Truck Center – Phoenix ($3,000)
  • First place: Travis Graham, Rush Truck Center – Orlando ($4,000)

Heavy Duty

Alternative Fuels

  • Second place: Joe Ulakovic, Rush Truck Center – Dallas ($4,000)
  • First place: Will Young, Rush Truck Center – Oklahoma City ($5,000)

Cummins

  • Third place: Matthew Chilson, Rush Truck Center – Houston ($3,000)
  • Second place: Nicholas Misch, Rush Truck Center – San Antonio ($4,000)
  • First place: Christopher Jordan, Rush Truck Center – Carol Stream ($5,000)

Eaton

  • Third place: Brian Noska, Rush Truck Center – Sealy ($3,000)
  • Second place: Jason Swann, Rush Truck Center – Dallas ($4,000)
  • First place: Paul Serr, Rush Truck Center – Denver ($,5000)

Navistar Engine

  • Third place: Derik Frazier, Rush Truck Center – Cincinnati ($3,000
  • Second place: Brandon Sloan, Rush Truck Center – Salt Lake City ($4,000)
  • First place: Michael Denero, Rush Truck Center – Charlotte ($5,000)

PACCAR MX

  • Third place: Erick Lincoln, Rush Truck Center – Albuquerque ($3,000)
  • Second place: Mark Craver, Rush Truck Center – Mobile ($4,000)
  • First place: Glenn Boothe, Rush Truck Center – Nashville ($5,000)

Reserve Champions

  • Parts: Ron Hall, Rush Truck Center – Dallas Light- and Medium-Duty (Total winnings $6,150)
  • Medium-Duty: Dustin Ebert, Rush Truck Center – Phoenix (total winnings $8,500)
  • Heavy-Duty: Jason Swann, Rush Truck Center – Dallas (total winnings $9,500)

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