Madison Track Plans Dick Trickle Memorial


From an interview for the MIS Yearbook in 2005, Trickle had this to say about Madison.

“Madison has always been one of the top racing venues in the Midwest. Not only is the track itself fast, but the fans are knowledgeable and love racing. It was always an enthusiastic crowd. The fans were great,” Trickle said. “From Rockford to the Dells and into southwestern Wisconsin. The half-mile featured a lot of speed and the races were always great. I always enjoyed it. It was and always will be a challenging track.”

In the same interview he was asked about his accomplishments and whether or not another driver could do the same.

“All records are made to be broke and I’m happy to hold a few of them. It’s unlikely that someone will win over 1,200 races but that could happen too. The rules when I raced the short tracks were consistent. Back in my day, the good old days, you take the same car and run everywhere. I could take one car and do it all if I wanted,” Trickle said. “I ran 118 shows with just one car having to make only a few changes. Now there might be three of four different engine rules and they’re harder to police.

“To race five or six nights a week today you just don’t have time to tear your motor apart before going to the next track. It seems promoters all want to set their own rules and all run on Friday or Saturday nights.”

The Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is a four event series with races also scheduled for July 14, July 28 and Sept. 8. The Midwest Trucks and INEX Legends will also be on the racing schedule for each of the Triple Crown events.

“Dick Trickle meant a lot to so many people who followed racing in this part of the country. Just about anyone who watched him race or met him has a special story to tell. We want to take some time to remember all that he did for racing,” added Grueneberg.

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