Nelson and Diorio win coveted calendar spot as best of show at SuperRigs

August 4, 2021

SJ Munoz

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Childhood dreams can be fleeting, but when they become reality it’s truly something special.

Growing up, Kiegan Nelson eagerly awaited the annual arrival of the Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar, thinking one day one of those trucks might be driven by him.

Now for the second time, a truck driven by Nelson will appear in the calendar as his 2020 Peterbilt 389 was named best of show at the 2021 Shell Rotella SuperRigs, held at Love’s Travel Center in Hampshire, Ill.

“It’s really cool,” Nelson said. “Ever since I was a kid I would always collect those calendars. I know there’s a lot people like me growing up who couldn’t wait to get the calendar each year, and now I’ll be in it twice.”

Keigan Nelson accepts the 2021 SuperRigs trophy from Heather Wales, Shell Rotella.
Keigan Nelson accepts the 2021 SuperRigs trophy from Heather Wales, North American brand and communications manager for Shell Rotella. (Photos courtesy Shell Rotella)

 

A spot on the calendar was also on the wish list for OOIDA senior member Vinnie Diorio of Richfield, Wis.-based Rolling Transport LLC, who owns the winning truck driven by Nelson.

“We’re always hoping to get on the calendar. That’s definitely a goal,” Diorio said.

Diorio has built winning trucks before, including another driven by Nelson in 2020, but there were no preconceived notions heading into this year’s SuperRigs,

“I didn’t go there thinking we would win it,” Diorio said. “The good thing with Shell Rotella judges is they know what they are looking at. They have seen everything come through that judging line.”

As for the Peterbilt driven by Nelson, which Diorio said took about a year to build at 12 Ga. Customs in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, it’s all about the details.

“When I build my trucks, I like to do something different and change the trends,” Diorio said. “I try to outdo myself with every truck I build. My trucks have a lot of hidden details. Even people I’ve worked with or friends in the business won’t see everything the first time.”

Simply listing the myriad details of this best-of-show Peterbilt just wouldn’t do it justice. However, Diorio and Nelson agreed the “old school” theme of this truck was executed to perfection.

“You never want to get too confident about winning,” Nelson said. “I figured we might have a chance but knew it would be close. There were a handful of trucks that could have easily won. It was nerve-racking for sure.”

“It was crazy and hard to believe at first when we won,” Nelson said.

The “we” is exactly how the team operates at Rollin Transport. In fact, the prize money will be used for a company Christmas party later this year, Diorio said.

And while winning is nice, being able to provide a level of professionalism with these kind of custom trucks is simply better for business all the way around.

“Our big thing is being professional,” said Diorio. “Our customers like when our trucks show up looking like this. They know they’re in good hands when they see the driver has taken care of the truck. It’s all about having good drivers and how they present themselves.”

2021 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Results

Best of show

  • Kiegan Nelson and Vinnie Diorio, Richfield, Wis., 2020 Peterbilt 389

Best of show first runner-up

  • Brian Dreher, Campbellsport, Wis., 2016 Peterbilt 389

Best of show second runner-up

  • Truett Novosad, College Station, Texas, 2007 Peterbilt 379

First Place Working Truck – Limited Mileage

  • Chris Alby, Genoa City, Wis., 2015 Peterbilt 389

Second Place Working Truck – Limited Mileage

  • Austin Gottman, Rockford, Ill., 2019 Peterbilt 389

Show Truck

  • Truett Novosad, College Station, Texas, 2007 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood
  • Jacob Linson, Lafayette, Ind., 2020 Peterbilt 389
  • Robert Hallahan, Lacrosse, Wis., 2021 Peterbilt 389
  • Truett Novosad, College Station, Texas, 2005 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood
  • Dan Brubaker, Sigourney, Iowa, 2020 Peterbilt 389

Best Engine

  • Brian Dreher, Campbellsport, Wis., 2016 Peterbilt 389

Best Lights

  • Danny Kimball, Burlington, Wis., 2007 Kenworth W900

Best Chrome

  • Truett Novosad, College Station, Texas, 2007 Peterbilt 379

Best Interior

  • Kiegan Nelson and Vinnie Diorio, Richfield, Wis., 2020 Peterbilt 389

Tractor/Trailer Division

  • First – Barry Kuhn, Mount Aetna, Pa., 2018 Kenworth W900L
  • Second – Ben Overton, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA., 2021 Peterbilt 389
  • Third – Danny Kimball, Burlington, Wis., 2007 Kenworth W900
  • Fourth – Jimmy Ganski, Rosholt, Wis., 2014 Peterbilt 389
  • Fifth – Collin Rodgers, St. Ansgar, Wis., 2015 Peterbilt 389

Tractor Division

  • First – Shani Lee, Sibley, La., 2007 Peterbilt 379 Legacy 995
  • Second – Mike Wilkinson, Guelph, Ontario, CA., 2020 Kenworth T680
  • Third – Kevin Benson, Maywood, Mo., 2019 Peterbilt 389
  • Fourth – Clayton Driscoll, Spring, Texas, 2018 Kenworth W900L
  • Fifth – Tony Huttlestein, Queen City, Mo., 2020 Kenworth W900L

Classic Division

  • First – JR Schledger, Britt, Iowa, 1985 Kenworth K100E
  • Second – Trevor Timblin, West Bend, Wis., 1999 Peterbilt 362
  • Third – David Foster, Joplin, Mo., 2005 Kenworth W900L Studio
  • Fourth – David McKinney, Lexington, Ala., 1993 Peterbilt 379
  • Fifth – Mike Coyne, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1996 International 4900

2022 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Calendar Winners:

  • Kiegan Nelson
  • Brian Dreher
  • Truett Novosad
  • Kevin Benson
  • Derek Joubert
  • Jimmy Ganske
  • Dil McKinney
  • Danny Kimball
  • Trevor Timblin
  • Tony Huttenstine II
  • Jason Lemberg
  • Ben Overton LL
Best of show in the 2021 Shell Rotella SuperRigs
Best of show in the 2021 Shell Rotella SuperRigs went to Kiegan Nelson and Vinnie Diorio, Richfield, Wis., 2020 Peterbilt 389. (Photos courtesy Shell Rotella)

Engine detail of the best of show winning 2020 Peterbilt 389

 

Best Interior, Shell Rotella SuperRigs
Not only did the 2020 Peterbilt 389 owned by Vinnie Diorio and driven by Kiegan Nelson as best of show for Shell Rotella XuperRigs 2021m but it also won best interior honors. (Photos courtesy Shell Rotella)

 

Best of show first runner-up
Best of show first runner-up honors at SuperRigs 2021 went to Brian Dreher of Campbellsport, Wis., for his 2016 Peterbilt 389. (Photos courtesy Shell Rotella)

 

Best of show second runner-up
Best of show second runner-up honors at SuperRigs 2021 went to Truett Novosad of College Station, Texas, for his 2007 Peterbilt 379. (Photos courtesy Shell Rotella)
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SJ Munoz is the newest edition to the Land Line Media team. He brings a variety of skills to the job as he has experience as a reporter, photographer and in radio. He’s also written for Omaha Magazine, the Lawrence Journal-World, and PrepsKC.com.