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Dick Trickle
Original name: Richard Trickle
Birth: Oct. 27, 1941
Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: May 16, 2013
Boger City
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA

Professional Race Car Driver. Billed as the winningest short track driver in history, he began his racing career in 1958 in Wisconsin. At the age of 8, he broke his hip in a fall and spent the next three years in a cast from his waist to his foot. He eventually recovered but walked with a slight limp for the remainder of his life. When he was 9, he attended an auto race and became hooked and started racing part-time as a teenager. After high school he worked several jobs, including one at a local telephone company for several years, until he decided to pursue racing full-time. A big turning point in his career occurred at the National Short Track Championship race at Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Illinois in 1966 when he competed and won against more sophisticated race cars. In 1967 he started the 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, Wisconsin. In 1968 he raced in the United States Automobile Club stock cars and won the series' rookie of the year award. In 1971 he toured on the Central Wisconsin Racing Association (CWRA) tracks, a circuit consisting of a larger asphalt track racing on most nights of the week. During that year he held the track record at six tracks, the Adams-Friendship, Capitol, Wausau, Wisconsin Dells, and the La Crosse, and by the end of the year he had won 58 feature events. He began the 1972 season by winning at Golden Sands Speedway near Wisconsin Rapids. By the early part of May he had twelve wins in thirteen event and achieved his fifteenth win in twenty starts by the end of that month. He became the winningest short track driver that year when he won his 67th race. he won numerous special events outside of Wisconsin in 1973, including a 200-lap feature at Rolla, Missouri, following by winning a 50-lap feature at I-70 Speedway near Odessa, Missouri. In May he won a 50-lap race at Springfield, Missouri and two more features at I-70 Speedway. He ended up the 1973 season with a total of 57 wins. In 1982 he won track championship at the State Park Speedway and the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. The same year he won his first Miller 200 special event at the Milwaukee Mile. The following year he began performing more races out of state, with his most memorable victory being the 1983 World Crown 300 in Georgia. He won American Speed Association races at Coeburn, Virginia and Cayuga, Ontario in 1984, as well as the Red, White, and Blue state championship series at the Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin and the Slinger Nationals at Slinger, Wisconsin. In 1989 he began participating full time in National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) racing and received its "Rookie of the Year" award in the Winston Cup at the age of 48, becoming the oldest driver in Winston Cup history to receive the award. His best career Winston Cup finish was third, which he achieved five times. He started 303 races, with 15 Top 5 and 36 Top 10 finishes. In 1990, he won the Winston Open (now the NASCAR Sprint Showdown), beating Rob Moroso by eight inches, the smallest margin of victory at the event. In the 1991 season, his best finish was 6th at Dover International Speedway. His racing success began to wane after the 1991 season and he continued to race in special events in Wisconsin though the 2000s. Toward the end of his life, he suffered from severe chronic pain for which he could find no relief or diagnosis as to its cause and he committed suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 71. During his career it is estimated that he entered more than 2,200 races, logged one million laps and won around 1,000 feature races. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia) 
 
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  Leo Lee Trickle (1920 - 2003)
  Lauretta Passineau Trickle (1920 - 2004)
 
Inscription:
Richard L Trickle
Loving Husband Dad Grandpa 1941-2013
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
Lincolnton
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: On slope near an oak tree.
GPS (lat/lon): 35.495, -81.194
 
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Originally Created by: W&L
Record added: May 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110643632
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