Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski also shared his thoughts.
“I think what Dick Trickle meant to Midwest short track racing and to the sport in his era, he was the guy,” Keselowski said. “He was the most significant racer in that era and his loss — in any way — it’s a symbol of the end of that era and that genre. It’s very sad to see.”
Jimmie Johnson said he never got to race much against Trickle, but he did spend a lot of time with him during his time racing in the IROC (International Race of Champions) Series.
“I raced a little bit against him in the Nationwide Series,” Johnson recalled. “Where I got to know him the best was racing in the IROC Series Those practice days were so laid back and relaxed. And with Dave Marcis and Dick being there, we’d all hang out and talk about cars. Hop in your car and run a little bit. Leave the track for lunch and run down to a little spot to eat and come back. And those are the memories that I really have in getting to know Dick and spend time with him.”
“He just was a racer’s racer. That’s all he cared about and all he worked on and that was all he did,” said Kenseth.
Charlotte Motor Speedway and fans attending the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Truck Series race tonight will observe a moment of silence to recognize the passing of Trickle. Trickle’s family has asked that donations in his memory be sent to Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317.