Who knows what Mr. and Mrs. Trickle were thinking on October 27, 1941 when they named their young son “Richard”… the world may never know. But despite of, or maybe because of, his strange name, Dick went on to win a supposed 1,200 races in his driving career, most of them on short tracks. That makes him the most winningest short track driver in history.
For the first 15 years of his career, he raced on a shoestring budget, even building his own cars. He eventually got noticed and financially backed in 1966. That’s when he really started winning. The Rockford Speedway in 1966 is considered the start of his legitimate career. During the 1967 season, he won 25 feature victories and finally became a well-known personality in racing.
He had a successful, although minimal career in short track racing during the 70s to the 80s. In 1989, he started running in NASCAR and even won the Rookie of the Year award during the Winston Cup. He was the oldest driver to ever win it.
Happy Birthday, Dick Trickle.
Wins in major races:
* 1 NASCAR Winston Open (exhibition race, 1990)
* 2 NASCAR Busch Series wins
* 32 American Speed Association wins
* 68 ARTGO Challenge Series wins
* 6 USAR Hooters Pro Cup wins
* 2 NASCAR Southwest Tour wins
* 2 USAC wins