MEMORIALS: Dick Trickle
Dick Trickle is billed as the winningest short track racer in the sport’s history. With over 1,200 estimated victories the Wisconsin native left a large impression on the sport of auto racing.
Trickle’s statistics include 7 ARTGO Challenge Series championships and 2 ASA championships. He was also the 1989 NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year at the age of 47. Trickle’s most prestigious event victories include the Slinger Nationals at Slinger (WI) Super Speedway, the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway, Oktoberfest at LaCrosse (WI) Speedway, and the World Crown 300 at Gresham (GA) Motorsports Park.
American Speed Association (ASA) founder Rex Robbins stated, “I am fairly certain I could fill a separate book with Trickle stories, because Dick was one of the most memorable personalities in the history of racing. He was absolutely magnetic with people, and he loved to party and have a good time.” Robbins would go on to explain how much of a profound influence Trickle had on the sanction and the sport of auto racing. (From the book “Let’s Go Racing” by Rex Robbins with Dave Argabright).
Dick Trickle died five years ago this week at the age of 71. After his death LaCrosse (WI) Speedway created the “Dick Trickle 99”: a high profile Super Late Model race in his honor during Oktoberfest race weekend. A memorial is currently being constructed in Village Park in Rudolph, Wisconsin where Trickle grew up and began his illustrious racing career. Supporters can click here to become part of The Dick Trickle Memorial Project.
Trickle at New Smyrna Speedway in 1988. (Howie Hodge photo)
#00 Dick Trickle and #99 Jamie Tomaino at New Smyrna Speedway in 1985. (Howie Hodge photo)
Trickle at New Smyrna Speedway in 1985. (Howie Hodge photo)