If you see a black and gold pickup truck driving around New Castle with the name of the Pittsburgh Steelers emblazoned on the side, it’s likely being driven by lifelong fan Travis McConnell.

The 40-year-old New Castle man won this year’s Toughest Truck, Toughest Team Sweepstakes sponsored by Neighborhood Ford Store. 

McConnell’s online entry made him one the 10 winners in the contest history to win a black-and-gold-wrapped Ford F-150 as well as pre-game hospitality at Stage AE and tickets to Sunday’s game.

Each finalist selected a number that corresponded to a blue gift box, one of which contained the key to the Steelers Truck. The other nine finalists received gift cards.

For McConnell and his wife Brandi, the Steelers Truck is coming at just the right time. At the end of this month a new addition to the family will join their daughter Rose, age 11. McConnell is the second winner from the New Castle area. In 2017, the contest was won by a Pulaski resident.

Asked who his current favorite Steelers player is, McConnell responded, “Kenny Pickett, I sure enjoy watching him.”