Beat The Heat Sweepstakes Winner


Thank you for participating in the Cat® Racing Beat the Heat Sweepstakes. The contest is now closed, and our winner has been chosen. Be sure to check back periodically for your next chance to win! 


Meet Our Winner: Bill Wasson

Read our Q&A to see how Bill will beat the heat. 


Q: Congrats Bill! What kind of work do you do? 

Thank you. I recently retired after 34 years of service for a county government. 


Q: Why are you excited you won the sweepstakes?

My father worked almost his entire life for and retired from Caterpillar, and he was also a lifelong race fan. I grew up going to the Caterpillar Power Parades and hearing day in and day out about the quality and pride that went into Caterpillar products, as well as learning lessons like hard work.

Also, the two hottest weeks in Central Illinois were the last two weeks of July when Caterpillar historically closed their plants for summer vacation, and our family headed out west to our national parks to cool off!

When I ran across the Cat Racing “Beat the Heat Sweepstakes,” it brought back a lot of great memories, and winning makes it that much more special. 

Bill Wasson Bill Wasson
Q: Why do you rely on Caterpillar products?  

Over the course of my career, Cat equipment played a part in our county’s ability to keep roads, facilities and infrastructure operating. Whether it was plowing snow, grading a road, repairing a water main or the need for an emergency generator, it was always comforting to see the Cat logo and know that a piece of capable and reliable equipment was on the scene to do the job.


Q: How will you put the items you won to use?

We are looking forward to using the equipment to set up our camps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Road America, as well as for tailgating at Illinois State Redbirds and Illinois Fighting Illini football games this fall.


Q: What are some of your favorite ways to beat the heat in the summer?

We love to get to a place where we can set up a canopy and enjoy some shade and breeze — sometimes with the quiet background of a beautiful county, state or national park; sometimes with the great company of tens of thousands of fans at a race or football tailgate.


Congrats again to Bill and thank you for trusting Caterpillar with your important jobs. 



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