Winning SuperRigs one of life’s ‘greatest moments’

By Jami Jones, senior editor | 6/6/2011

Being named Best of Show at the Shell Rotella SuperRigs is a huge honor; that almost goes without saying. But for the 2011 Best of Show winner, Jeremy Heiderscheit, it ranks high on his list of life’s greatest moments.

Photo by Jami Jones

OOIDA Member Jeremy Heiderscheit celebrates his Best of Show Shell Rotella SuperRigs win.

Heiderscheit, an OOIDA member from Peosta, IA, claimed the top prize in the 29th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs held June 2-4 at the Kenly 95 Truckstop in Kenly, NC.

“This is a big deal for me. Dad always had those Shell calendars down there at the shop. I’ve collected them ever since then,” he said following the event. “I used to think ‘someday, I hope that will be me.’”

“Someday” came on Saturday, June 4, when Heiderscheit edged out OOIDA members Vinnie Diorio (along with his driver Cory Radtke) and Jerry Kissinger to take Best of Show.

The win earns Jeremy an automatic slot in the 2012 SuperRigs calendar where he joins the other two Best of Show runners-up and nine other lucky competitors.

Three days later, when back at home in Iowa, Heiderscheit was still flying high over his win.

“It’s one of the top four greatest moments of my life,” he said. “Marrying my wife and the birth of my two children. This is right there when it comes to the important things in my life.”

Heiderscheit took the $10,000 grand prize with his 2003 Peterbilt 379 and a 2009 East flatbed trailer with a Quick Draw tarping system.

He bought the truck new in September 2002 and has put every last one of the 1.137 million miles on the C15 Cat 550 hp engine. Perhaps even more impressively, he maintains it himself and hasn’t had any major engine work done over the course of those miles.

“I know how to do it, and I have all the tools,” he said. “That’s what I was brought up doing. Dad ran shop for 22 years turning wrenches.

“I was greasing trucks in the fifth grade. It should have scared me away from these things,” he said with a laugh.

Heiderscheit says working on his truck certainly saves him money, but it also comes with peace of mind.

“I am confident in myself, and I trust me. I’m going to look at stuff closer than a quick lube shop. They can do the job, but will they go that extra step? They aren’t going to be the one on the side of the road having to call a tow truck,” he said.

As passionate as he is about taking care of his truck, it’s apparent having it look good is important, too.

Heiderscheit laughs when he starts talking about his truck. “How much time do you have?” he asks.

Photo by Jami Jones

Jeremy Heiderscheit's 2002 Peterbilt 379 and 2009 East flatbed with Quick Draw tarping system took Best of Show in the 29th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs.

Over the nine years he has owned the truck he has tinkered with and tweaked just about every detail on his truck.

“I guess what really stands out is that the truck sits pretty low. I’ve lowered it about 5 inches in the front, and lowered the back end down 3 inches,” he said.

While it may be a low and long ride with a 306-inch wheelbase, the cobalt blue with silver accents coupled with smooth lines makes the truck almost appear to glide on air as it drives by.

“My lines are smooth and clean. It flows,” he said.

Heiderscheit is also a fan of being able to take exterior accents and incorporate them inside the truck.

“If I can carry something from the outside into the inside, I do,” he said. “It’s like the chrome stripe on hood that I took inside the truck and continued on the floor.”

This was Heiderscheit’s third time competing in SuperRigs, and he wasn’t sure he was going to fare well given a relatively rough start.

“When I was on the way over there, I was thinking that I didn’t prep as much as I should have at home,” he said. “My goals were to have a good time and make the calendar.”

He said once he got on the lot and saw the rest of the competitors staged at the Kenly 95 Truckstop awaiting the start of SuperRigs, he rethought his plan.

“When I saw the rest of the trucks, I just thought to myself, ‘let’s just go back to plan A of having a good time,’” he said.

Good thing no one else knew his plan.

“I nowhere near expected it, I am so grateful,” he said. “Never in my wildest dream did I ever expect it.”

2011 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Award Winners

Best of Show
Jeremy Heiderscheit
Peosta, IA
2003 Peterbilt 379
Place in the 2012 Shell SuperRigs Calendar

Best of Show 1st Runner Up
Cory Radtke and Vinnie Diorio
Ridgefield, WI
2007 Peterbilt 379

Best of Show 2nd Runner Up
Jerry Kissinger
Stoughton, WI
1991 Mack Superliner

1st Place Tractor Trailer Division
TJ Timblin
Fredonia, WI
2005 Kenworth W900

2nd Place Tractor Trailer Division
Sean Cielke
Haugan, MT
2006 Kenworth W900B

3rd Place Tractor Trailer Division
Nathan Tompkins
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2007 Peterbilt 379 Legacy

4th Place Tractor Trailer Division
M&E Transportation - Mike Bunning
Brooklyn, CT
2008 Peterbilt 389

5th Place Tractor Trailer Division
Wayne Baker
Taylor Ridge, IL
2011 Peterbilt 389

1st Place Tractor Division
Jeremy Lane
Rensselaer, IN
2006 Pete 379

2nd Place Tractor Division
Timothy R. Hough
Summit, WV
2004 Pete 379

3rd Place Tractor Division
Nathan Deacon
Lexington, VA
2007 Peterbilt 379

4th Place Tractor Division
Mike & Pat Manuel
Front Royal, VA
2006 Peterbilt 379

5th Place Tractor Division
J R Schleager
Britt, IA
2003 Kenworth W900L

1st Place Classic Division
Brandon Smith
Raleigh, NC
1996 Peterbilt 379

2nd Place Classic Division
Ron Elledge
Hampton, VA
1994 Kenworth W900

3rd Place Classic Division
Mike Mullins
Bealeton, VA
1982 Kenworth W900A

4th Place Classic Division
Joe Blizzard
Pikeville, NC
1990 Peterbilt 379

5th Place Classic Division
David Ratliff
Cedar Bluff, VA
1970 Peterbilt 359

People’s Choice
Eric Heatherman
Cheney, KS
2011 Peterbilt 389

Best Engine
Jerry Kissinger
Stoughton, WI
1991 Mack Superliner

Best Lights
JR Schleager
Britt, IA
Kenworth 2003 W9L

Best Chrome
Jeremy Heiderscheit
Peosta, IA
2003 Peterbilt 379

Best Theme
Darwin Koslicki
Graysville, TN
2001 Freightliner Classic

Best Interior
Jerry Kissinger
Stoughton, WI
1991 Mack Superliner