David Ray, from Molzahn Construction in Worland, Wyo., celebrates winning Wacker Neuson's Trowel Challenge -- a riding-trowel obstacle course the company has held during the past six World of Concrete shows.
Winner's of Wacker's 2014 Trowel Challenge include Douglas Garber (3rd place), Greg Geiger (2nd place) and David Ray (1st place).
Wacker Neuson’s sixth annual Trowel Challengecompetition held at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas was once again exciting with less than one second between the first and third place finishers’ final time. Wacker held the trowel challenge at its outdoor booth. Preliminary competitions were held Tuesday through Thursday during the show. The finishers with the top 10 fastest times from the preliminaries advanced to the finals held Thursday, January 23, 2014. The top 10 finalists each had one run through the course and that time was added to their preliminary time.
The 2014 winners of the Wacker Neuson Trowel Challenge competition
David Ray, Molzahn Construction, Inc., Worland, Wyo.
Winning combined time: 52.781. Ray advanced to the final competition in second place with a qualifying time of 25.679 and with his final run time of 27.102, he drove off with the grand prize; a 48-inch ride-on trowel and a gold painted scaled model trophy of a Wacker Neuson ride-on trowel.
Greg Geiger, On Demand Concrete Solutions, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Combined run time: 53.012. Geiger came into the finals in sixth place with a qualifying time of 25.982. His final run time of 27.03 moved him into first place for the next few runs, but he came up just short, taking home the silver ride-on trowel trophy.
Douglas Garber, B Concrete, Inc., Brookville, Ohio
Combined run time: 53.092. Garber’s qualifying time was 25.876 and his final run time was 27.216. The difference between second and third place was only .08 seconds. Garber took home the bronze trowel trophy.