Justin Meeks wins “Truck Night in America”
After facing down five opponents and three grueling obstacles, Justin Meeks pulled through as the winner of last week’s “Truck Night in America” competition, coming home with the $10,000 prize.
Meeks, of Gruetli-Laager, says winning the competition means more than words can describe.
“It truly was never about the cash prize. I made it to the end of the competition so my brother, family, and community could watch someone they know compete for a solid hour – start to finish. I feel humbled by the support of everyone,” said Justin of winning the competition. “I woke up Friday morning, after the air date, and was completely blown away by all the messages I received throughout the night. It still is hard for me to believe.”
According to Justin, the most challenging part of the off-road competition was the unknown.
“Throughout the event, you never knew until the moment the competition began, what competition you were to compete in. You go in with the mindset that you built a solid rig, but all it takes is a couple of disadvantages, a wrong move, a broken part, and you are going home. These thoughts stayed on my mind for most of the competition,” explained Justin.
“My motivation was, I am doing this for my brother and my family. At all cost, push as hard as possible and don’t give up. You have been so blessed with the opportunity to represent your brother, family, and county … make the very most of it and make it to the end.
“This alone adds a lot pressure,” laughed Justin.
Will Meeks continue to compete in off-road events?
“Competing in the future is always an option, but, in reality, I enjoy just simply building different off-road vehicles and spending time with my family and friends in the woods doing what we love. If they were to host a winner’s circle competition or a coaches pick to return to the show, you better believe I will back.”
“I really feel that everyone in this life needs to know that you have one shot – to be kind, be humble, and never let anyone discourage you from reaching your dreams,” concluded Justin. “Help people that need help and never forget where you come from. I feel honored that I was given the opportunity to be a small voice for so many people that may not have a voice.”