Over 150 concrete finishers from seven different countries, etc. tested their trowel operating skills in Wacker Neuson's Trowel Challenge where the grand prize was a custom 48-inch CRT 38-35VX ride-on trowel powered by a special VanguardTM BIG BLOCKTM V-twin engine.
After the qualifying round, the contestants with the 10 fastest times advanced to the finals. Only one second separated the first and second place contestants:
Kevin Suchy, Easy Lay Concrete, Tofield, Alberta, Canada
Winning combined time: 62.963. Suchy dominated the competition from start to finish coming into the final round with the fasted qualifying time of 31.326. He would win the competition with a final run time of 31.671. To celebrate his nail biting win, Suchy did a victory lap as crowd cheered on their champion. “It feels great to be the champion of the 2016 trowel challenge,” Suchy said. “My wife and brother were with me at the competition and both of them couldn’t believe it. I entered the competition focused on winning.
Suchy is the owner/operator of Easy Lay Concrete. The company specializes in residential, commercial and agricultural jobs. They do everything form small jobs which Suchy claims “will knock your socks off,” to large warehouse slabs.
Josh Smith, H & M Precision Concrete, Greenville, OH
Combined run time: 63.549. Smith was a first time finalist who came into the finals with solid qualifying time of 32.326. While he came into the finals in third place, Smith placed the fastest time in the finals with 31.223 which allowed him to finish in second place.
Douglas Garber, B Concrete, Brookville, OH
Garber was this years thrid place finisher, a familiar position as he also finished third in 2014. He made it to the final round after coming in eighth place in the qualifying round with a time of 33.160. His final time of 31.864 allowed him to finish the competition in third.