May 30, 1973|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Died||March 25, 1998
Las Vegas, Nevada
|NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour|
|Best finish||4th in 1996|
Chris Trickle (May 30, 1973 – March 25, 1998) was an American stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour, he was murdered in a drive-by shooting that remains unsolved.
Trickle was the son of Chuck and Barbara Trickle, and nephew of NASCAR driver Dick Trickle. Trickle was also the father of twins Joelyn Hope and Cole Trickle Miele. Joelyn and Cole were born on April 23, 2001. Their birth was the product of in vitro fertilization.
Trickle began racing in motorcycles when he was eight years old. He had two track championship by the time he was fifteen. He then drove in a national touring series.
Trickle turned to stock cars in 1990. He was the 1992 rookie of the year in the late models at the 3/8 mile track at Las Vegas Speedway Park. He finished third in the season points with 3 wins in 18 events.
He had 10 wins, 14 poles, and 12 Top-10 finished in 23 events and finished second in the 1993 Southern California Sportsman Series (late models).
In 1994 Trickle had 8 wins, 20 poles, and 18 Top-10 finishes in 29 races in his late model.
In 1995 he competed at two levels. He had 16 wins and 24 poles in 32 races in his late model. He also competed in 13 races in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series (Southwest Series), and he had one pole and one Top-10 finish.
In 1996 he competed exclusively in the Southwest Series, winning one race and finishing in the top 10 nine times; he also attempted to qualify for Craftsman Truck Series events at Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Trickle gained national attention while appearing on the NASCAR Winter Heat series on TNN and ESPN2. He raced in late models, the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series, and NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series during the series. He competed in the No. 70 car.
On February 9, 1997 Trickle left his home in Las Vegas around 9 p.m. to play tennis with a friend at a lighted court. As he drove over the freeway, a car drove alongside and fired shots into his car hitting him in the head.
Trickle died from complications of his wounds on March 25, 1998, 409 days after the shooting. At the time of the shooting, Nevada law limited murder prosecution to one year and one day. Trickle's death from his wounds thus occurred after the prosecution time limit. In 1999 Nevada passed a law (called the "Chris Trickle bill") which removed the time limit on prosecution for murder charges. Trickle's murder remains unsolved, and was featured twice on America's Most Wanted.
His father Chuck returned to racing afterwards and became the 2003 Super Late Model Champion at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but no longer actively races. His brother's two sons, Tommy and another Chris (named in his memory) are also racers who compete the Bullring in Las Vegas. Trickle was succeeded in the Star Nursery team's Southwest Tour car by Kurt Busch, who won the 1999 Southwest Tour Championship with the team.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Craftsman Truck Series
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
|1996||Star Nursery Racing Team||0||Chevy||HOM||PHO||POR||EVG||TUS||CNS||HPT||BRI||NZH||MLW||LVL||I70||IRP||FLM||GLN||NSV||RCH||NHA||MAR||NWS||SON||MMR||PHO
- "Chris Trickle Dies After Year in Coma". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. March 26, 1998. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
- Kantowski, Ron (October 31, 1996). "Truck weekend trifecta for Trickle". Las Vegas Sun. Las Vegas, NV. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
- Katsilometes, John (February 28, 2008). "A Checkered Saga". Las Vegas Weekly. Las Vegas, NV. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
- "Driver's condition remains critical". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, AL. February 12, 1997. p. D3. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
- "Chris Trickle Bill". RacingWest. February 16, 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
- Katsilometes, John (March 1, 2009). "Chuck and Barbara Trickle recall the promise of young Chris". Las Vegas Sun. Las Vegas, NV. Retrieved 2013-08-13.