Pomona crowns Pride & Polish winners

Published October, 28 2008

Mark Leekley smiled like a kid giddy holding the Christmas present he’d dreamed of finding under the tree. Leekley, a company driver for Hawthorne Power Systems in San Diego, prized his first Pride & Polish trophies – a Third in both Working Bobtail 1990-1996 and Interior Cab Only awarded at the 2008 Truck Show Latino in Pomona, Calif.

Leekley embraced the honors highly because they marked his first truck competition – and they weren’t won easily. Just before the Oct. 18-19 show, his Freightliner was axle-deep in ash as he delivered generators to a remote water pumping station where power lines were felled by a forest fire.

Other Pride & Polish entrants had tasted victory before. Sandvik driver Isaac Aguilar, who won Best of Show for Working Bobtail at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August, struck again in Pomona. Aguilar rolled out of the fairgrounds in his immaculately done, burgundy ’92 Peterbilt 379 appropriately called Still Deliriouz. His bunk was overflowing with shelf armor, including not only the Best of Show Working Bobtail trophy, but also a trophy from Mobil Delvac for Best Working Class Engine.

Combo rigs also turned a lot of heads, especially Ryan Hooten’s black-cherry Pete 379 hooked to a set of custom flatbed hay trailers. His truck took top honors in Combo Paint and Graphics, Best OEM Sleeper Interior and Second for Best Working Class Engine.

Among other standouts:

  • Mike Maggini’s ’98 yellow-and-green flamed Pete 379, Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy, which held claim to Best Limited Mileage Truck Interior.
  • Mike Salinas’ black, orange and blue-flamed extended-hood Pete 379, built and shown by John’s Truck Repair, captured Best Limited Mileage Paint.

    The full list of winners:

    Best Of Show Working Bobtail:
    1992 burgundy Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar, Sandvik Trucking

    Best Of Show Working Combo:
    1995 black-cherry Peterbilt 379 & 1994 Custom Flatbed Hay Trailers, Ryan Hooten, Ryans Feed

    Best Limited Mileage Bobtail:
    1997 black, orange and blue-flamed Peterbilt extended hood 379, Jeff Davidson, John’s Truck Repair for owner Mike Salinas

    Working Bobtail 1989 & Older:
    1st:1989 blue Peterbilt 379, D.J. Arias
    2nd:1988 maroon and white Kenworth T600, Rolando Nava
    3rd: (tie):1988 Black Peterbilt 359, Enrique Vanegas; 1989 blue Peterbilt 379 Hector Carrion

    Working Bobtail 1990-1996:
    1st:1992 burgundy Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar, Sandvik Trucking
    2nd:1995 purple and black Peterbilt 379, Jose Duenas, Samasa Trucking
    3rd:1996 white and yellow Freightliner FLD, Mark Leekley, Hawthorne Power Systems

    Working Bobtail 1997 & Newer:
    1st:1998 blue Peterbilt 379, Kris Gaare
    2nd:1997 teal-green Peterbilt 379, William Flores, Sg & Sons
    3rd:1999 blue Freightliner Classic, Alberto Caballero, Betucos Trucking

    Specialized Truck:
    1st:1996 black Peterbilt 379 dump, Jose Trujillo
    2nd:1975 purple Peterbilt 359 dump, Fast Eddie Hall

    Working Combo 1998 & Older:
    1st:1995 black-cherry Peterbilt 379 & 1994 Custom Flatbed Hay Trailers, Ryan Hooten, Ryans Feed
    2nd:1987 purple-flamed Freightliner Cabover & Custom Double Flatbeds, Markie Pounds, Central Valley Transport
    3rd:1998 white Freightliner FLD & 2003 48′ Trailking/Htk, Richard Cobb, Hawthorne Rent-It

    Working Combo 2003 & Newer:
    1st:2007 red Freightliner Columbia & 1991 40′ Stainless Steel Brenner Tank, Mike Salcido, Arrowhead Water
    2nd:2003 maroon Kenworth W900l & 1998 Wabash Reefer Van. Rolando Nava
    3rd:2005 black Peterbilt 379 & 2001 53′ Utility Van, David Nazeri, Showmotion

    Limited Mileage Bobtail:
    2nd:1998 white & blue Peterbilt 379, Bill and Marie Sandvik, Sandvik Trucking
    3rd:1998 yellow & green-flamed Peterbilt 379, Mike Maggini, Maggini & Son Trucking
    4th:2001 purple-flamed Freightliner Classic, Colton Pounds, Central Valley Transport
    5th:1962 yellow & green-flamed Needlenose Peterbilt, Melvin Maggini

    Interior, Cab Only:
    1st:1992 burgundy Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar, Sandvik Trucking
    2nd:2007 red Freightliner Columbia, Mike Salcido, Arrowhead Water
    3rd:1996 white and yellow Freightliner Fld, Mark Leekley, Hawthorne

    Interior, OEM Sleeper:
    1st:1995 black-cherry Peterbilt 379, Ryan Hooten, Ryans Feed
    2nd:1995 purple and black Peterbilt 379, Jose Duenas, Samasa Trucking
    3rd:1988 maroon and white Kenworth T600, Rolando Nava

    Mobil Delvac Working Engine Class:
    1st:1992 burgundy Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar, Sandvik Trucking
    2nd:1995 black-cherry Peterbilt 379, Ryan Hooten, Ryans Feed
    3rd:1995 purple and black Peterbilt 379, Jose Duenas, Samasa Trucking

    Bobtail Custom Paint & Graphics Or Mural:
    1st:1989 orange and black muralled Peterbilt 379, Ernie Rubio, Jessica Martinez Trucking
    2nd:1990 blue muralled Peterbilt 379, Sherry Martinez, Jessica Martinez Trucking
    3rd:1992 burgundy Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar, Sandvik Trucking

    Combo Custom Paint & Graphics Or Mural
    1st:1995 black-cherry Peterbilt 379 & 1994 Custom Flatbed Hay Trailers, Ryan Hooten, Ryans Feed
    2nd: 2007 red Freightliner Columbia and 1991 40′ Stainless Steel Brenner Tank, Mike Salcido, Arrowhead Water
    3rd:1987 purple-flamed Freightliner Cabover and Custom Double Flatbeds, Markie Pounds, Central Valley Transport

    Pride & Polish Best Limited Mileage Truck Interior :
    1998 yellow and green-flamed Peterbilt 379, Mike Maggini, Maggini & Son Trucking

    Pride & Polish Best Limited Mileage Engine:
    1998 white & blue Peterbilt 379, Bill And Marie Sandvik, Sandvik Trucking

    Pride & Polish Best Limited Mileage Paint:
    1997 black, orange and blue-flamed Peterbilt extended hood 379, Jeff Davidson, John’s Truck Repair for owner Mike Salinas

    Truk Rodz Best Theme:
    1990 blue muralled Peterbilt 379, Sherry Martinez, Jessica Martinez Trucking

    Roadworks Best Use Of Chrome Or Stainless
    2009 green-flamed Kenworth T800 Superdump, John Mundall, Mundall Trucking

    Pride & Polish sponsors are: 10-4 Magazine; The 75-Chrome Shop; A&L Truck Parts; Alcoa Wheels Division; Arvin Meritor; Firestone; Freightliner Trucks; Howes Lubricator Products; International Truck and Engine Corp.; Mobil Delvac; the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; Overdrive‘s Custom Rigs magazine; Panelite; Peterbilt; PPG; Rockwood Products; Roadworks Manufacturing; SAF Holland; Truk Rodz by Jones Performance; United Pacific; and Volvo Trucks North America

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