Dick Trickle
American stock car racing driver
Dick Trickle
Richard "Dick" Trickle is a retired American race car driver. He raced for decades around the short tracks of Wisconsin, winning many championships along the way. Trickle has competed in the ASA, ARTGO, ARCA, All Pro, IMCA, NASCAR, and USAC. In more than an estimated 2,200 races, Trickle has logged one million laps and has won around 1,000 feature races. He was billed as the winningest short track driver in history.
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Famed Race Driver Dick Trickle Dies, Suicide Suspected
NPR - almost 4 years
A fan favorite who gained nationwide fame because of his name, Trickle was known for both his many wins and his huge personality. But he may never have gotten over a granddaughter's death, friends say. Trickle was 71. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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NASCAR stars shape up to stay ahead of pack
Chicago Times - about 4 years
DAYTONA BEACH — Back in your grandpappy's day, the only thought of "conditioning" before a NASCAR race involved the fuzzy math of former driver Dick Trickle.
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Tale of Two Seasons for #89 Team - SpeedwayMedia.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The current record is 58 years of age set by Dick Trickle at Richmond in 2000. Starting the 2011 season locked-in with a guaranteed starting position for the first five events, Shepherd showed that even without primary sponsorship funding,
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BGP: It takes Will Power to win pole - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He's no Dick Trickle, of course. In fact, he's not really even Will Power. Outside the United States, he's usually identified as William Power, but everybody calls him Will over here, and it sounded pretty good as the track announcer called his final
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Leaders, Legends, Huskers: It's a beefier Big Ten - The Detroit News
Google News - over 5 years
They could've hired Dick Trickle for all anyone cares. It'll get ugly when the NCAA suits in dark sunglasses swoop in and start shutting down every tattoo parlor in Columbus, which could take years. The Buckeyes also are expected to receive a nasty
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This was Brainerd - Sept 2 - Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
By Terry McCollough Driver Dick Trickle and his crew chief, Russ Ebert of Brainerd, gambled and won the Minnesota State Fair stock car race Monday. Trickle celebrated his 4th state fair victory by giving the trophy to Ebert, who started work today at
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NASCAR: How to Fix the Nationwide Series - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The only Cup drivers who drove more than 20 Busch races in any season were Harvick, Todd Bodine, Michael Waltrip, Kenny Wallace, Jeff Green, Jimmy Spencer, Matt Kenseth and Dick Trickle. These years were arguably the most popular in the series,
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Column: Tiger Woods leaving PGA, heading to NASCAR - ENC Today
Google News - over 5 years
“I never really paid attention to the sport until the rise of Dick Trickle in the 1980s.” “I think Tiger is going to be great,” Johnson said. “Everyone knows he's fast.” Jon Dawson's columns appear every Tuesday and Thursday in The Free Press
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DEBATING A GOLDEN RULE;NFL receiver rile - FOXSports.com
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Trickle used to smoke and drink coffee in the car. Today's drivers are more aware of fitness. All of them participate in some sort of workout program. Carl Edwards was tested recently at the Sport Science lab. What the lab found was interesting:
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Auto Racing: Q-and-A with late-model driver Larry Schuler - Chicago Sun-Times
Google News - over 5 years
The guy I probably saw night after night at track after track was Dick Trickle. He just amazed me at what he would do — show up late and not even turn a practice lap and win. And Bob Senneker. These are guys that people have no idea (how great they
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10 things - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Then there are people, such as the pride of Wisconsin Rapids, retired race car driver Dick Trickle. Mark Jacob is a deputy metro editor at the Tribune; Stephan Benzkofer is the paper's weekend editor
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Busch's Hall of Fame credentials aren't quite there yet - phillyBurbs.com
Google News - over 5 years
If we counted wins in all NASCAR racing, Busch's 100 wins would be way down the list behind Petty, Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Dick Trickle, Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, and the list goes on. As my good friend Tom Higgins wrote in his ThatsRacing.com column
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State Park Speedway prepares for Larry Detjens Memorial - MyFox Wausau
Google News - over 5 years
... with qualifying held Friday and the feature races hitting the track Saturday. Former NASCAR drivers Bobby Allison, Dick Trickle and Mike Miller will be on hand and the speedway says it's just a testament to the legacy Detjens left behind
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Racing: Detjens' impact still felt today - Wausau Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Bobby Allison, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year, will be on hand Friday night, along with Dick Trickle and Mike Miller. "Mike was Larry's best friend, and he raced very little after (Detjens' death)," Wimmer said
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State Park Speedway Ready for Biggest Race of the Year - WSAW
Google News - over 5 years
If all that racing isn't enough to make for a great weekend, State Park Speedway is also excited to welcome Bobby Allison, Dick Trickle, and Mike Miller back to Wausau. "It's so special to be able to have guys of that caliber come to State Park
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Kyle's '100 NASCAR Wins' Is A Skewed Stat - RacinToday.com
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Trickle estimated he won over 1000 races during his career. How many of those were “NASCAR” races? Impossible to say. Many short tracks around the country used to run – and some still run – weekly NASCAR-sanctioned races and it's certain that a
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For Kyle Busch, 100th win will be 'just my own milestone' - Scene Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Nothing exciting, no party, no up all night and no old Dick Trickle stories where it only takes one hour of sleep for every 100 laps that you're going to race the next day. “I went to bed and made sure I got as much sleep as I could for Slinger,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Trickle
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    A tribute was held for Trickle at the July 2013 Slinger Nationals race with his family telling stories about his career.
    More Details Hide Details Trickle's Wisconsin friends and competitors, including Tom Reffner and Marv Marzofka, began organizing a Dick Trickle memorial fund to build a memorial statue at Rudolph Community Park. The group is collecting money including securing the title sponsorship of a TUNDRA super late model race at Golden Sands Speedway. Various Midwestern short tracks have Trickle Memorial races, with most being 99 laps for his car number. Although he won no premiership championship races, he was very successful elsewhere: key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.) Notes References
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Through the 2000s, Trickle continued to race in occasional events in Wisconsin, including the 2001 and 2007, Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway and in the ASA Midwest Tour.
    More Details Hide Details The La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway created the Dick Trickle 99 race, a 99 lap super late model event during its annual Oktoberfest race weekend. Wisconsin International Raceway has named a building in turn two the "Dick Trickle Pavilion". Trickle served as the de facto grand marshal of the Slinger Nationals after he retired until his death. His crashes at the Lake Placid bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track at the Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge (NASCAR and NHRA drivers raise funds for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, owned by Bodine, to build sleds for the United States Olympic bobsled team) has that turn (17, 18, 19, the "heart curve") named the "Trickle Turn".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Trickle even made fun of his lack of success in NASCAR's top-level series in a 1997 TV commercial for NAPA Auto Parts.
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  • 1993
    In 1993 he drove the No. 75 Carolina Pottery Ford for Butch Mock Motorsports and then the No. 41 Manheim Auctions Chevy for Larry Hedrick Motorsports.
    More Details Hide Details Part of his popularity stemmed from his unusual, double-entendre name. ESPN's Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann often made it a point to mention where he finished whenever NASCAR highlights were featured on SportsCenter. He was either referred as "Mr. Trickle" or the "Man". He was also widely noted for having drilled a hole in his safety helmet so that he could smoke while racing, and for installing cigarette lighters in his race cars. Trickle was allowed by NASCAR to smoke in the race car during yellow flag periods, and in the 1990 Winston 500 (now the Aaron's 499), Trickle was seen on live television by the in-car camera lighting up and smoking a cigarette.
  • 1992
    In 1992 he teamed up once again with the Stavola Brothers, driving the No. 8 Snickers Ford.
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  • 1991
    In the middle of the 1991 season he went to drive the No. 24 Team III Racing Pontiac.
    More Details Hide Details His best finish was sixth at Dover International Speedway.
  • 1990
    In 1990, he won the Winston Open (now the NASCAR Sprint Showdown) in the No. 66 TropArtic Pontiac.
    More Details Hide Details It was a non-points all-star event for drivers who did not win in the previous year. He beat Rob Moroso by 8 inches, the smallest margin of victory at the event. He also won his only career Cup pole, at Dover Downs International Speedway.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989 Trickle made his full schedule debut driving the No. 84 Miller High Life Buick for Stavola Brothers Racing.
    More Details Hide Details He had raced occasionally during the 1970s and 1980s. He was rookie of the year in NASCAR's Winston Cup (now the Sprint Cup) series at age 48 (and a grandfather), becoming the oldest driver in Winston Cup history to do so. After being given the rookie of the year trophy at the NASCAR awards banquet, he quipped "I guess I’d just like to thank everyone who gave a young guy like me a chance". His best career Winston Cup finish was third (five times). He started 303 races, with 15 top five and 36 top ten finishes.
  • 1984
    He made his Busch Series debut in 1984.
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    Trickle won ASA races at Coeburn, Virginia and Cayuga, Ontario in 1984, as well as the Red, White, and Blue state championship series at WIR and the Slinger Nationals at Slinger.
    More Details Hide Details Trickle raced in United States Automobile Club (USAC) stock cars in 1968, and he won the series' rookie of the year award.
  • 1983
    And he was the guy that I battled right to the end for my 1983 ASA championship.
    More Details Hide Details I barely beat the guy that taught me everything. I'd not seen Dick as much as I'd like to of late. He was a legend. A man that'd won over a thousand short track races, was one of the most winning short trackers in America, was a role model to many short track racers coming up. Could just do magic with the race car and he taught me so much about racing. My success in the ASA and what Trickle taught me is what got me into NASCAR. That's what got me hired by Cliff Stewart back in '84. Between Larry Phillips and Dick Trickle, they taught me everything." A moment of silence was observed for Trickle during the start of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17.
    Of all of Trickle's victories, his best memory was winning the 1983 World Crown 300 in Georgia. "It took three weeks of preparation and a lot of determination," he said. "It was the biggest payday of my career up to that point ($50,000)."
    More Details Hide Details He beat Jim Sauter by two car-lengths at the season opener, and won three straight races in May. After winning on June 1, LaCrosse business raised a $700 bounty for anyone who could beat him. Trickle skipped the following week, and returned the week after to lose to Steve Burgess. He did not win as much at State Park, but he did win the track championship.
    Trickle started racing out of state a lot more in 1983.
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  • 1982
    In 1982, Trickle won track championship at State Park Speedway in Wausau where he started out the season by winning the first two features and seven total.
    More Details Hide Details He also won the track championship at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway after winning three events in August. That season he won his first Miller 200 special event at the Milwaukee Mile.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Sanctioning bodies put in a weight-per-cubic-inch rule, and Trickle's career had problems in 1974 and 1975. "Fords almost broke me.
    More Details Hide Details I couldn't get any pieces for racing at my level. It took two years of hard labor and depleting my funds to realize I couldn't do this anymore. I told myself either I had to change my program or get out of racing." Therefore, Trickle decided to use a General Motors car and engine. He bought a car for $13,000 on his word that he would pay for it by September. He won 35 or 40 races that year and paid for the car by July.
  • 1973
    He had a total of 57 wins in 1973.
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    Trickle won numerous special events outside of Wisconsin in 1973, including a 200-lap feature at Rolla, Missouri in April, followed by winning a 50-lap feature the following day at I-70 Speedway near Odessa, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details In May he won a 50-lapper at Springfield, Missouri and two more features at I-70 Speedway. Trickle used his purple 1970 Ford Mustang to win at the Minnesota Fair and at Rockford Speedway in September.
  • 1972
    Trickle started his 1972 season by winning at Golden Sands Speedway near Wisconsin Rapids.
    More Details Hide Details Wisconsin's short track racing season starts in April. By May 13, he had twelve wins in thirteen events. He got this fifteenth win in twenty starts on May 27. Trickle became the winningest short track driver that year when he won his 67th race.
    Trickle's career highlights include racing to 67 wins in 1972, winning seven ARTGO Championships in nine years between 1979 and 1987, winning back to back ASA AC-Delco Challenge championships in 1984 and 1985, the 1968 USAC Stock Car rookie of the year, and winning the 1989 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award in the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) series.
    More Details Hide Details Trickle was nicknamed the "White Knight" as referenced by his sponsored SuperAmerica paint scheme, when he raced in Wisconsin. Eight-year-old Dick Trickle was playing tag with his cousin Verlon on the rafters in a house under construction when he fell two floors to the basement and broke his hip. He was transferred from a local hospital to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and continued his slow recovery. His recovery was so slow that the doctors gave up and sent him home, presuming that he would be an invalid for the rest of his life. Trickle later began to walk, although he walked with a slight limp for the rest of his life. He spent three years in a cast from his waist to his foot. While he was recovering as a nine-year-old, a friend took him to his first races at Crown Speedway in his hometown of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. "When I got there I was flabbergasted," Trickle said. "I thought it was the neatest thing. Free shows were nothing compared to it. That race never left my mind until I was 16. I knew I was going to drive a race car when I was 16."
  • 1971
    He toured on the Central Wisconsin Racing Association (CWRA) tracks in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The circuit consisted of larger asphalt track racing on most nights of the week. The CWRA regular drivers were able to run over 100 events in a year, and most did the tour with one car and one engine. Drivers would drive on Wednesday nights at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, Thursday nights at State Park Speedway near Wausau, Friday nights at Capitol Speedway (now Madison International Speedway) near Madison, La Crosse, or Adams-Friendship, Saturday nights at Wisconsin Dells Speedway, and Sunday nights at Griffith Park. Tuesday nights were available for special events. On Thursday nights at the quarter mile State Park Speedway, he won seven features and lowered his July 1 14.27 second track record to 14.09 seconds on the following week. On Friday nights he raced primarily at Capitol Speedway, winning most nights that it did not rain and his car did not break. Trickle went to Adams-Friendship on July 23 and won the feature after setting the track record. He held the track record at six tracks: Adams-Friendship, Capitol, Wausau, Wisconsin Dells, and La Crosse. He raced at the newly opened third mile Wisconsin Dells Speedway on Saturday nights. By the end of the year, Trickle had won 58 feature events.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Trickle started the 1967 season by winning at State Park Speedway and ended the season with 25 feature victories including wins at Wisconsin Dells Speedway (now Dells Raceway Park) and Golden Sands Speedway (near Wisconsin Rapids).
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  • 1966
    A turning point in Trickle's career happened at the National Short Track Championship race at Rockford Speedway in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details Trickle said, "The cars in that area were fancier and looked like they were ahead of us. The didn't treat us bad, but they sort of giggled at us kids with the rat cars. After two days, they look differently at those rat cars. I won and pocketed $1,645. Before, I questioned spending the money to travel that far. But if you could win, that was a different story."
  • 1961
    Trickle married Darlene in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details They originally lived at his grandmother's house for a while before they bought a trailer on someone else's property. His nephew, Chris Trickle, was a race car driver before dying in a drive-by shooting. Trickle's family lived on welfare, so there was no money available for racing. Trickle spent his summers working for area farmers, starting as a 13-year-old. He also spent a lot of time at the Rudolph Blacksmith shop that his father was a partner in. While his father was ill, his uncle Leonard ran the shop. "I worked part time at the shop to earn a nickel or dime," Trickle said. "At that age, it was mostly sweeping the shop, but I started to play with the welder and soon I could make an arc and then weld. I started junking machinery. I save some things getting a head start for when I would go racing at 16. I didn't have any money, but I had this pile of stuff to build a race car with. It was a hope chest.
  • 1958
    He raced that car at the end of the 1958 season and throughout the 1959 season, after which time he built a 1956 Ford into a race car using all of the knowledge that he had acquired.
    More Details Hide Details In his first time out with the new car, he finished second in the feature event at Griffith Park at Wisconsin Rapids. His competitors checked the rules and found out that Trickle was too young to race, even though he had already raced there for two years. He had to race at other tracks for a year until he was old enough to race at his hometown track. He raced for several years before deciding to race full-time. After working at several jobs after high school, he had worked for two years for a local telephone company. He had been uncomfortable climbing telephone poles as he was afraid of heights. He transferred to a different part of the company. Two or three years later he discussed racing full-time with his wife for he felt that he could be profitable, and they decided to make the change.
  • 1941
    Born on October 27, 1941.
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