Racer Of The Day: Larry Dickson

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Larry Dickson was one of the best USAC competitors of his time. (NSSN Archives Photo)
Larry Dickson was one of the best USAC competitors of his time. (NSSN Archives Photo)

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When people talk about the top sprint-car drivers in history, they don’t always talk about Larry Dickson. But they should.

Dickson, whose heyday was in the mid 1960s, won three USAC sprint-car championships, while

battling Gary Bettenhausen year after year.

From 1968 through 1971, Dickson and Bettenhausen each won the championship twice, with Dickson winning in 1968 and 1970. Dickson later added a third championship in 1975.

During his career, Dickson, who is now 65, won 45 USAC sprint-car features. He also earned five USAC midget triumphs and a pair of victories in the Silver Crown division.

He also made eight starts in the Indianapolis 500, with a best finish of ninth in 1969.

Dickson, who was raised in Marietta, Ohio, also had success racing United Racing Club and IMCA sprint cars.

Larry Dickson stands beside one of the many race cars he drove through the years. (NSSN Archives Photo)
Larry Dickson stands beside one of the many race cars he drove through the years. (NSSN Archives Photo)