OREGON, Wis. – Madison Int’l Speedway officials have announced that the first round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge scheduled for June 16 will now be known as the Dick Trickle Memorial 99.
The race will be the first of the four Triple Crown Challenge events scheduled for 2013 at Madison Int’l Speedway.
“Dick Trickle was a hero to so many of the race fans in this area,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg. “He was one of the guys that put short track racing on the map. You just don’t have drivers today that can accomplish what he did being able to go from track to track and win regularly.”
Trickle logged an amazing amount of miles at Madison especially in the early 1970’s. He won track championships at Madison in 1971 and 1972 and took home an amazing 72 feature wins on the half-mile. His victory total tops the list of all-time feature winners at Madison. It has been reported that over the course of his career Trickle won more than 1200 races.
Grueneberg remembered Trickle as a fierce competitor and an all around good guy.
“It wasn’t unusual to see Trickle pull into the pits shortly before the races, roll his car off the trailer, and go out and win. He was just that good.”