Welcome to Top Wrench

A partnership in drug prevention and vocational education

Our Partners

 This program is funded by Top Wrench, local business sponsors and the East TN Foundation. 

We partner with Lincoln College of Technology and Tennessee College of Applied Technology to offer post-high school scholarships to students.

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About Us

Learn more about our program and history.

Get Involved

Find out more about how YOU can be a part of what we do!

Contact Us

Reach out to us to find out more about us.  We'd love to hear from you.

2018 Competition

Find out details about this year's competition! 

2018 Competition Rules

Downloadable document containing rules for all 6 challenges.

Competition Memories

Check out 2017 winning teams!  View pics and articles from past competition events.

About Us

Who We Are

Top Wrench is a 501(c)3 non-profit drug-free vocational program developed for high school students as an introduction to team building and basic technical skills as they prepare for careers in the  automotive field. 

Top Wrench was founded by Air Force veteran Joe Marshall.  Since the first competition took place in 1991, thousands of vocational students have been positively influenced by our program.

What We Do

  • Hold annual automotive skills competitions
  • Help provide scholarships
  • Provide drug prevention education
  • Provide grants to high school vocational classrooms for purchase of needed educational supplies
  • Connect students with local businesses for automotive career opportunities.


Top Wrench Competitions are held yearly in Knoxville, TN. Students showcase their automotive repair, wheel changing, welding and custom paint skills through 6 different challenges. Cash prizes and scholarships are awarded to winning teams!

In October of 2017, we held our 27th competition with over 600 participating students from 17 East Tennessee high schools! 

Board of Directors

Kenny Boatman, President  
Corey Beilhartz

Cyndi DeFrancisco

Rich DeFrancisco
Patrick LaDue
Maria Richardson, Secretary, Ex-Officio
Zachary Richardson

Get Involved


Spend one day a year INVESTING in our students by putting on an amazing competition event day


Share your experiences in the automotive industry with students as a classroom speaker


GIVE* financially to our program


Help fund a vocational classroom grant for educational supplies

*Gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law


Become an EVENT SPONSOR through your business or organization

2018 Top Wrench Competition Information

Our 28th Annual Competition is scheduled for 10/25/18

The date has been set.  This year's competition will be held on Thursday, October 25.  More details to come once the Fall semester begins.  We can't wait to see you there!

Top Wrench is moving to a new location!

This year, our competition events will take place at CROWN COLLEGE, located at 2307 W Beaver Creek Dr, Powell, TN 37849.  Crown College has a top quality School of Trades and Technology.  They have excellent facilities and are thrilled to partner with Top Wrench as our event host!

2018 Competition Rules

 * Pit Crew Challenge * Custom Paint Contest * Static Engine Challenge *  Welding/Fabrication Contest * Computer Control Car Challenge * Valve Cover Race *  

Competition Rules for all 6 challenges are downloadable below:

2018 Sponsor Package

Interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor for this year's event?  Download the Sponsor Package below:

2017 Top Wrench Competition Memories

Top Wrench October 2017 Competition Winners:


1ST Place – South-Doyle High School

2nd Place – Central High School

3rd Place – Cocke County


1st Place – South-Doyle High School

2nd Place – Heritage High School

3rd Place – Sequoyah High School


1st Place – Karns (Byington-Solway)

2nd Place – Halls (N Knox Vocational)

3rd Place – Heritage High School


1st Place – Sevier Co. High School

2nd Place – Copper Basin High School

3rd Place – North Knox Vocational (Halls)


1st Place – Grainger Co. High School

2nd Place – Oak Ridge High School

3rd Place – William Blount High School


1st Place – Oak Ridge High School

2nd Place – South-Doyle High School

3rd Place – Jefferson Co. High School


October 2017 Competition Video Recap

Check out this Air National Guard video highlighting the October 2017 Competition.

Top Wrench in the News

The Oak Ridger - Dec 7, 2017

The East TN Foundation Forum Blog - April 28, 2011

Contact Us

Email us for more information!

Top Wrench Competition

Contact Maria Richardson at (865) 380-0856