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Wacker Neuson crowns 2019 Trowel Challenge competition winner

Hundreds of show attendees watched Manuel Vasquez Flores navigate the 2019 Wacker Neuson Trowel Challenge course at the World of Concrete, January 25, 2019 in Las Vegas. Flores’ ride-on trowel operating skills out-paced over 100 other participants in the popular competition.
Hundreds of show attendees watched Manuel Vasquez Flores navigate the 2019 Wacker Neuson Trowel Challenge course at the World of Concrete, January 25, 2019 in Las Vegas. Flores’ ride-on trowel operating skills out-paced over 100 other participants in the popular competition.

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Wacker Neuson once again held its popular Trowel Challenge competition at the 2019 World of Concrete, January 22–26 in Las Vegas. As the competition has continued to gain loyalty, many familiar faces returned to compete for the grand prize, a Wacker Neuson eight-foot CRT48-37V ride-on trowel. Over 100 operators from around the world competed for the fastest time as they maneuvered through the tight turns of the 1,750-square-foot course.

The final competition to crown the fastest finisher was held on Thursday, January 25, and once again large crowds gathered to cheer on the top ten qualifying finishers. The final run time was added to the participants qualifying time to determine the final and fastest time.  Each time a competitor bumped a cone or the edge of the course, a one second penalty was added to the run time; making it a very competitive final race.

First Place
Manuel Vasquez Flores, ACE Avant, Archdale, NC
The crowd cheered Manuel, known as Manny by the thousands watching the challenge, as he started the final run in six place with a qualifying time of 44.137 seconds. With the fastest final run time in the championship heat of 43.383, Manny's total combined and winning time came in at 87.520 seconds. 

Second Place
Chris Thorpe, George J. Shaw Construction, Kansas City, MO
Chris came into the final round in third place with a qualifying run time of 43.576. When he ran his final run in 44.321, his finishing total time of 87.897 moved him into second place.

Third Place:
Akeo Cuban, Swinerton Builders, Honolulu, HI
Akeo had the second best qualifying time of 43.140, but couldn't quite hold the second spot, coming in the final run time of 44.952, for a total of 88.098 and a third place finish.

As in the past with Wacker Neuson's Trowel Challenge, the competition was tight with a mere .377 seconds separating first and second place and only .57 seconds separating first place and third place. Congratulations to all our top ten final qualifiers and thanks to everyone who either competed or came out to cheer on the finishers. Each of top three finishers took home a crystal trophy and all top 10 finishers received a special Trowel Challenger shirt. 

Wacker Neuson’s Trowel Challenge® Competition winners for 2019: (l to r), second place, Chris Thorpe, George J. Shaw Construction, Kansas City, MO: first place, Manuel Vasquez Flores, Ace Avant, Archdale, NC; third place, Akeo Cuban, Swinerton Builders, Honolulu, HI.
2019 Trowel Challenge winner, Manuel Vasquez Flores poses on a Wacker Neuson CRT48-37V ride-on trowel, the same model he won as the grand prize finisher in the Trowel Challenge competition held at the World of Concrete, January 22-26 in Las Vegas. Manuel out raced over 100 other finishers from around the world with a final combined time of 87.520 seconds.

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