McGuire, D-4 ride high in saddle at 2010 'Roadeo'

Having the eventual state champion, as well as the top overall team, helped the District 4 squad come out on top in the ITD state Roadeo championships, held June 15 at the Idaho Falls Maintenance Shed.

Peter McGuire repeated his 2008 victory with a 30-point win over Bruce Dial from District 5, and by 32 over Troy Stone of District 6, the third-place finisher.

The competition featured 24 maintenance men – the winner in the Foreman’s Division in each District roadeo, and the top three finishers in the Transportation Tech. division for each district. Five of the 24 were previous state champions.

Rex Hufford, ITD statewide equipment roadeo coordinator, wanted to give a special thanks to “all the District individuals who come out and volunteer to judge, keep score, cook, help set up, get the equipment ready, and support our efforts. It’s the District people, the volunteers, who really make the truck roadeo program work.“

The competition included two rounds of scoring through the truck-driving and loader-operator courses, in addition to a truck inspection and a written exam. Participants also had 10 minutes to find five “planted” defects in the truck inspection portion of the competition and 10 minutes to answer 10 multiple-choice questions.

2010 State Roadeo top individuals
Total points
(3,100 possible)
1. Pete McGuire D-4 2,865
2. Bruce Dial D-5 2,835
3. Troy Stone D-6 2,833
4. Robin Freeman D-3 2,795  
5. Jeremy Johnson D-6 2,765
6. Tony Rigby D-4 2,673
7. Jerry Ford D-4 2,648
8. Kraig Spelman D-3 2,618
9. Mike Praegitzer D-4 2,610
10. Dylan Jensen D-1 2,590

The top three districts, inorder, were District 4, District 6 and District 3. The winning team from Shoshone received matching jackets featuring the ITD logo with their name stitched on the opposite pocket.

For the early birds among you, here’s the 2011 Roadeo schedule:

District 6 - May 18, 2011
District 5 - May 24, 2011  
District 4 - May 26, 2011
District 3 - June 1, 2011
District 2 - June 7, 2011   
District 1 - June 9, 2011
Statewide - D1 - June 14, 2011 (in District 1)

Published 7-9-2010