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10-4 Magazine / December 2018

As the 2018 truck show season

came to a close, the ATSC National

Championship did, as well. Culminating

in Ventura, California on October 19-21,

after three other events were held in

Wisconsin, Kansas City and Oklahoma,

the “best of the best” came to compete in

this esteemed competition. In addition to

the National Championship Series, there

was also a more-relaxed Wash and Show

contest, which featured not only awards,

but very nice giveaways from sponsoring

companies, as well.

With about 50 of the finest rigs to

ever grace the American highways on

the lot and several vendors, the show

featured perfect California weather (sun

and 80-degree days), music, food and

fun. On Friday evening, after everyone

got parked, RoadWorks hosted a happy

hour and dinner for all the competitors.

Following that, the Friday night “Display

of Lights and Sound” took place, setting

the whole fairgrounds aglow.

With a few more trucks rolling in at

the last minute Saturday morning, “rags

down” was called at 9:00 AM. Around

noon, A & L Truck Supply hosted a

competitor lunch, and then there was

balloon twisting and face painting in the

kid zone. With the show being held right

next to the beach, the event sponsors set

up a surfing camp for any competitors

who wanted to add a little excitement

to their weekend. Known for their fair

and impartial style of tabulating scores,

the judging occurred throughout most of

the day. Later that evening, there was a

poker tournament, and then another light

and sound display.

Come Sunday morning, it was time

for the awards. There may not have been

a ton of trucks at this event, but the ones

that were there were top-notch! In the

National Championship Series classes,

Steven Sontag and his 2007 orange and

white “Dreamsickle” Peterbilt 379, along

with Robbie Basse and his “Baby Blue”

2016 Kenworth W900L, took top honors

in the Limited for Show Bobtail and

Combo classes, respectively. In the Elite

Working classes, the Best Bobtail award

went to Edward Carballo and his slick

little white and black 2-axle 1999 Peterbilt

379, while the Best Combo award went

to Josh Weaber and his brown 2017 KW

W900L. Steven and Robbie also secured

their National Championship Series titles

in their classes at this event.

Competitors in the Wash and Show

contest experience a competitive truck

show environment without the pressure

of having every square inch of their

equipment inspected and scored by a

five-judge panel. This lower-pressure

contest offers competitors flexibility to

show up and clean as little or as much as

they want, giving them more time to focus

on the added value features provided by

the sponsors and event hosts. The Best

Bobtail trophy in the Wash and Show

contest went to Rufino Hernandez and

his white 2019 Pete 389 with teal green

fenders, while the Best Combo trophy

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went to Pete Castanon and his dark

metallic gray 2019 Peterbilt 389 and

tanker (Double E Trucking).

Two special awards were given, as

well, including Best Chrome, which went

to Robbie Basse and his blue and white

2016 Kenworth W900L, and People’s

Choice, which went to Steven Sontag

and his white and orange 2007 Peterbilt

379. Bryan Robers and his purple 2019

“Amethyst” Pete 389 car carrier ended

up with a second place in the Elite

Working Combo class in Ventura, but that

was still enough to secure his National

Championship Series title in that class for

the year. Matt Strottman and his green

2017 Peterbilt 389 did not even show up

to compete in Ventura, but he still had

enough points accrued to secure his

National Championship Series title in the

Elite Working Bobtail class.

Some other trucks that were lookin’

mighty fine but may or may not have

earned any trophies included Jose Ruben

Vargas’ bright red 2011 Peterbilt 386,

DeBoer’s (2) silver cattle-hauling Petes,