Dick Trickle

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Dick Trickle
Dick Trickle Pocono June 98.jpeg
Trickle (right, facing away) in 1998
BornRichard Trickle
(1941-10-27)October 27, 1941
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMay 16, 2013(2013-05-16) (aged 71)
Boger City, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of deathSuicide by gunshot
Achievements1984 and 1985 American Speed Association Champion
7 ARTGO championships between 1979 and 1987
Considered "America's Winningest Driver" with an estimated 1,200 career wins[1]
Awards1968 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
303 races run over 24 years
Best finish15th (1989)
First race1970 Daytona 500 Qualifier #2 (Daytona)
Last race2002 MBNA Platinum 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 36 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
158 races run over 11 years
Best finish11th (1999)
First race1984 Red Carpet 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race2001 Outback Steakhouse 300 (Kentucky)
First win1997 Galaxy Foods 300 (Hickory)
Last win1998 Dura-Lube 200 Presented by BI-LO (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 42 7
Trickle's 1968 Ford Torino, raced on Wisconsin tracks

Richard Trickle (October 27, 1941 – May 16, 2013) was an American race car driver. He raced for decades around the short tracks of Wisconsin, winning many championships along the way. Trickle competed in the ASA, ARTGO, ARCA, All Pro, IMCA, NASCAR, and USAC.

In more than an estimated 2,200 races, Trickle logged one million laps and is believed to have won over 1,200 feature races.[2] He was billed as the winningest short track driver in history.[3] Trickle's career highlights include racing to 67 wins in 1972,[4] winning seven ARTGO Championships in nine years between 1979 and 1987, winning back to back ASA AC-Delco Challenge championships in 1984 and 1985, the 1968 USAC Stock Car rookie of the year, and winning the 1989 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award in the Winston Cup (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). Trickle was nicknamed the "White Knight" as referenced by his sponsored SuperAmerica paint scheme, when he raced in Wisconsin.[5]

Early life[edit]

Eight-year-old Dick Trickle was playing tag with his cousin Verlon on the rafters in a house under construction when he fell two floors to the basement and broke his hip.[6] He was transferred from a local hospital to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and continued his slow recovery.[6] His recovery was so slow that the doctors gave up and sent him home, presuming that he would be an invalid for the rest of his life.[6] Trickle later began to walk, although he walked with a slight limp for the rest of his life.[7] He spent three years in a cast from his waist to his foot.[6] While he was recovering as a nine-year-old, a friend took him to his first races at Crown Speedway in his hometown of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.[7] "When I got there I was flabbergasted," Trickle said. "I thought it was the neatest thing. Free shows were nothing compared to it. That race never left my mind until I was 16. I knew I was going to drive a race car when I was 16."[7]

Trickle married Darlene in 1961.[7][8] They originally lived at his grandmother's house for a while before they bought a trailer on someone else's property.[7] His nephew, Chris Trickle, was a race car driver before dying in a drive-by shooting.

Racing career[edit]

Wisconsin short track career[edit]

Trickle's family lived on welfare, so there was no money available for racing.[7] Trickle spent his summers working for area farmers, starting as a 13-year-old.[9] He also spent a lot of time at the Rudolph Blacksmith shop that his father was a partner in.[7] While his father was ill, his uncle Leonard ran the shop.[7]

"I worked part time at the shop to earn a nickel or dime," Trickle said. "At that age, it was mostly sweeping the shop, but I started to play with the welder and soon I could make an arc and then weld. I started junking machinery. I save some things getting a head start for when I would go racing at 16. I didn't have any money, but I had this pile of stuff to build a race car with. It was a hope chest."

"When I turned 16, I let the farmer I was working for keep most the money I earned until fall. That fall I collected my money and went down Main Street wheeling and dealing. I finally bought a 1950 Ford in good condition for $100. It was going to be my street car, but the urge to race got too strong and I cut up and made a stock car out of it."

"I did run the car a little bit before I cut it up and I ended up drag racing a classmate, Melvin Hunsinger, who had a 1949 Ford. He beat me. It seems kind of dumb when I already knew there was a car that could beat me. Eventually, I bought Hunsinger's 1949 Ford for $32.50 and put the motor in my car".[7]

Trickle started out as the slowest car in a 100-car field at a Stratford, Wisconsin short track race.[7] He raced that car at the end of the 1958 season and throughout the 1959 season, after which time he built a 1956 Ford into a race car using all of the knowledge that he had acquired.[7] In his first time out with the new car, he finished second in the feature event at Griffith Park at Wisconsin Rapids.[7] His competitors checked the rules and found out that Trickle was too young to race, even though he had already raced there for two years.[7] He had to race at other tracks for a year until he was old enough to race at his hometown track.[7] He raced for several years before deciding to race full-time.[7] After working at several jobs after high school, he had worked for two years for a local telephone company. He had been uncomfortable climbing telephone poles as he was afraid of heights.[7] He transferred to a different part of the company. Two or three years later he discussed racing full-time with his wife for he felt that he could be profitable, and they decided to make the change.[7]

Trickle raced at over 100 events each year for over 15 years.[7] He was racing at the Tomah-Sparta Speedway when Francis Kelly noticed that Trickle was always in contention for winning the races, but he lost a lot of them because he had an inferior motor. One day Kelly approached Trickle and asked him what it would cost for Trickle to win. Trickle told him a new motor; Kelly asked Trickle to compile a list of parts that he needed. When Kelly asked who would assemble the motor, Trickle responded that he could but he was a junkyard mechanic. Trickle suggested that Alan Kulwicki's father Jerry Kulwicki, who was building motors for Norm Nelson's USAC stock cars, should build the engine.[7]

A turning point in Trickle's career happened at the National Short Track Championship race at Rockford Speedway in 1966.[7] Trickle said, "The cars in that area were fancier and looked like they were ahead of us. The didn't treat us bad, but they sort of giggled at us kids with the rat cars. After two days, they look differently at those rat cars. I won and pocketed $1,645. Before, I questioned spending the money to travel that far. But if you could win, that was a different story."[7] Trickle started the 1967 season by winning at State Park Speedway and ended the season with 25 feature victories including wins at Wisconsin Dells Speedway (now Dells Raceway Park) and Golden Sands Speedway (near Wisconsin Rapids).[10]

He toured on the Central Wisconsin Racing Association (CWRA) tracks in 1971. The circuit consisted of larger asphalt track racing on most nights of the week.[11] The CWRA regular drivers were able to run over 100 events in a year, and most did the tour with one car and one engine.[12] Drivers would drive on Wednesday nights at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, Thursday nights at State Park Speedway near Wausau, Friday nights at Capitol Speedway (now Madison International Speedway) near Madison, La Crosse, or Adams-Friendship, Saturday nights at Wisconsin Dells Speedway, and Sunday nights at Griffith Park.[12] Tuesday nights were available for special events.[12]

On Thursday nights at the quarter mile State Park Speedway, he won seven features and lowered his July 1 14.27 second track record to 14.09 seconds on the following week.[11] On Friday nights he raced primarily at Capitol Speedway, winning most nights that it did not rain and his car did not break.[13] Trickle went to Adams-Friendship on July 23 and won the feature after setting the track record.[14] He held the track record at six tracks: Adams-Friendship, Capitol, Wausau, Wisconsin Dells, and La Crosse.[14] He raced at the newly opened third mile Wisconsin Dells Speedway on Saturday nights. By the end of the year, Trickle had won 58 feature events.[15]

Trickle started his 1972 season by winning at Golden Sands Speedway near Wisconsin Rapids.[4] Wisconsin's short track racing season starts in April. By May 13, he had twelve wins in thirteen events.[4] He got this fifteenth win in twenty starts on May 27.[4] Trickle became the winningest short track driver that year when he won his 67th race.[4]

Trickle won numerous special events outside of Wisconsin in 1973, including a 200-lap feature at Rolla, Missouri in April, followed by winning a 50-lap feature the following day at I-70 Speedway near Odessa, Missouri.[16] In May he won a 50-lapper at Springfield, Missouri and two more features at I-70 Speedway.[16] Trickle used his purple 1970 Ford Mustang to win at the Minnesota Fair and at Rockford Speedway in September.[16] He had a total of 57 wins in 1973.[7]

Sanctioning bodies put in a weight-per-cubic-inch rule, and Trickle's career had problems in 1974 and 1975. "Fords almost broke me. I couldn't get any pieces for racing at my level. It took two years of hard labor and depleting my funds to realize I couldn't do this anymore. I told myself either I had to change my program or get out of racing."[7] Therefore, Trickle decided to use a General Motors car and engine. He bought a car for $13,000 on his word that he would pay for it by September. He won 35 or 40 races that year and paid for the car by July.[7]

In 1982, Trickle won track championship at State Park Speedway in Wausau where he started out the season by winning the first two features and seven total.[5] He also won the track championship at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway after winning three events in August.[5] That season he won his first Miller 200 special event at the Milwaukee Mile.[17] Trickle started racing out of state a lot more in 1983.[18] Of all of Trickle's victories, his best memory was winning the 1983 World Crown 300 in Georgia. "It took three weeks of preparation and a lot of determination," he said. "It was the biggest payday of my career up to that point ($50,000)."[7] He beat Jim Sauter by two car-lengths at the season opener, and won three straight races in May.[18] After winning on June 1, LaCrosse business raised a $700 bounty for anyone who could beat him.[19] Trickle skipped the following week, and returned the week after to lose to Steve Burgess.[19] He did not win as much at State Park, but he did win the track championship.[18] Trickle won ASA races at Coeburn, Virginia and Cayuga, Ontario in 1984, as well as the Red, White, and Blue state championship series at WIR and the Slinger Nationals at Slinger.[20]

Regional and national touring career[edit]

Trickle raced in United States Automobile Club (USAC) stock cars in 1968, and he won the series' rookie of the year award.[21]

NASCAR career[edit]

2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National car
1989 rookie of the year car
Heilig Meyers' car

In 1989, Trickle made his full schedule debut driving the No. 84 Miller High Life Buick for Stavola Brothers Racing. He had raced occasionally during the 1970s and 1980s.[22] He was rookie of the year in NASCAR's Winston Cup (now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) series at age 48 (and a grandfather), becoming the oldest driver in Winston Cup history to do so.[23] After being given the rookie of the year trophy at the NASCAR awards banquet, he quipped "I guess I’d just like to thank everyone who gave a young guy like me a chance".[23] His best career Winston Cup finish was third (five times). He started 303 races, with 15 top five and 36 top ten finishes.

In 1990, he won the Winston Open (the qualifying race to fill out the field of The Winston, which is now the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race) in the No. 66 TropArtic Pontiac. The Open was a non-points event for drivers who did not win in the previous year. He beat Rob Moroso by 8 inches, the smallest margin of victory at the event. He also won his only career Cup pole, at Dover Downs International Speedway. In the middle of the 1991 season, he went to drive the No. 24 Team III Racing Pontiac. His best finish was sixth at Dover International Speedway. In 1992, he teamed up once again with the Stavola Brothers, driving the No. 8 Snickers Ford. In 1993, he drove the No. 75 Carolina Pottery Ford for Butch Mock Motorsports and then the No. 41 Manheim Auctions Chevy for Larry Hedrick Motorsports.

Part of his popularity stemmed from his unusual, double-entendre name. ESPN's Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann often made it a point to mention where he finished whenever NASCAR highlights were featured on SportsCenter.[24] He was also widely noted for having drilled a hole in his safety helmet so that he could smoke while racing, and for installing cigarette lighters in his race cars.[24] Trickle was allowed by NASCAR to smoke in the race car during yellow flag periods, and in the 1990 Winston 500 (now the Aaron's 499), Trickle was seen on live television by the in-car camera lighting up and smoking a cigarette.

Trickle even made fun of his lack of success in NASCAR's top-level series in a 1997 TV commercial for NAPA Auto Parts. In it, Trickle announces a contest where fans can win $100,000 if they pick the winner of that year's NAPA 500 race. "A little tip...it's gonna be me," he says, as an on-screen graphic points out "Dick is 0 for 243 in Cup races". "I think we get champagne (after winning)," says Trickle.[25]

Dick also raced in the Busch Series, where he won two races. He had 158 career starts, with 24 top five and 42 top ten finishes. He made his Busch Series debut in 1984.

Through the 2000s, Trickle continued to race in occasional events in Wisconsin, including the 2001 and 2007, Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway and in the ASA Midwest Tour.

Legacy[edit]

Trickle (right) at the 2009 Dick Trickle 99
Grand marshal at 2012 Slinger Nationals race

The La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway created the Dick Trickle 99 race, a 99 lap super late model event during its annual Oktoberfest race weekend.[26] Wisconsin International Raceway has named a building in turn two the "Dick Trickle Pavilion".[27] Trickle served as the de facto grand marshal of the Slinger Nationals after he retired until his death.[28]

His crashes at the Lake Placid bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track at the Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge (NASCAR and NHRA drivers raise funds for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, owned by Bodine, to build sleds for the United States Olympic bobsled team) has that turn (17, 18, 19, the "heart curve") named the "Trickle Turn".[29]

The main character of 1990 NASCAR feature film Days of Thunder is named Cole Trickle.

Death[edit]

Trickle's family and Rich Bickle giving tribute at the 2013 Slinger Nationals

Trickle died May 16, 2013, from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.[30] The incident occurred at 12:02 pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, North Carolina. The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call, apparently from the victim, saying that "there's going to be a dead body. Suicide." When the 911 operator asked who was about to commit suicide, Trickle responded: "I'm the one."[28] Police attempted to call his phone back but there was no response.[30] Trickle was found dead beside his pickup truck.[30] His granddaughter, who died in a car accident, is buried in the same cemetery.[31]

Trickle's family later released a statement which in part said: "He had been suffering for some time with severe chronic pain, had seen many doctors, none of which could find the source of his pain. His family as well as all those who knew him find his death very hard to accept, and though we will hurt from losing him for some time, he’s no longer suffering and we take comfort knowing he’s with his very special angel."[24]

NASCAR chairman Brian France released a statement saying "Dick was a legend in the short-track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite. Personalities like Dick Trickle helped shape our sport. He will be missed."[30] Former competitor Rusty Wallace battled Trickle for championships at several levels. "I'm in 100 percent shock. Dick Trickle was my mentor," Wallace said. "When I was short track racing, I would call him every Monday morning and he would always help me with race setups and stuff. He and I had such a good time telling little stories, but he was the guy that taught me almost everything in the American Speed Association. And he was the guy that I battled right to the end for my 1983 ASA championship. I barely beat the guy that taught me everything. I'd not seen Dick as much as I'd like to of late. He was a legend. A man that'd won over a thousand short track races, was one of the most winning short trackers in America, was a role model to many short track racers coming up. Could just do magic with the race car and he taught me so much about racing. My success in the ASA and what Trickle taught me is what got me into NASCAR. That's what got me hired by Cliff Stewart back in '84. Between Larry Phillips and Dick Trickle, they taught me everything."[32]

A moment of silence was observed for Trickle during the start of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17. A tribute was held for Trickle at the July 2013 Slinger Nationals race with his family telling stories about his career.[33]

Legacy and memorial[edit]

Trickle's ASA car on display at Golden Sands Speedway's 2018 Dick Trickle Memorial race

Trickle's Wisconsin friends and competitors, including Tom Reffner and Marv Marzofka, began organizing a Dick Trickle memorial fund to build a memorial statue at Rudolph Community Park.[34] The group is collecting money including securing the title sponsorship of a super late model race at Golden Sands Speedway.[35]

Various Midwestern short tracks have Trickle Memorial races, with most being 99 laps for his car number.

Wins in major series[edit]

Although he won no premiership championship races, he was very successful elsewhere:

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand National Series[edit]

NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 NGNC Pts
1970 Fran Kelly Racing 09 Ford RSD DAY DAY
17
DAY
26
RCH CAR SVH ATL BRI TAL NWS CLB DAR BLV LGY CLT SMR MAR MCH RSD HCY KPT GPS DAY AST TPN TRN BRI SMR NSV ATL CLB ONA MCH TAL BGS SBO DAR HCY RCH DOV NCF NWS CLT MAR MGR CAR LGY 114th 0

Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NWCC Pts
1973 Howard & Egerton Racing 1 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV CLT DOV TWS RSD MCH DAY BRI ATL TAL NSV DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT
5
CAR 81st NA
1974 Jack Doering Racing 81 Dodge RSD DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT
7
RSD MCH DAY BRI NSV ATL POC TAL MCH DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR 47th 24.49
Marcis Auto Racing 2 Dodge CLT
8
Mercury CAR
7
ONT
1975 Puro Racing 75 Mercury RSD DAY
36
RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH DAR DOV NWS MAR CLT RCH CAR BRI ATL ONT 113th 55
1976 Donlavey Racing 90 Ford RSD DAY CAR RCH BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT
32
RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL ONT 105th 67
1977 Frasson Racing 99 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL NWS DAR BRI MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
29
CAR ATL ONT 99th 76
1978 Puro Racing Ford RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT NSV RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
39
CAR ATL ONT 109th 46
1984 Billy Matthews Racing 42 Chevy DAY
36
RCH CAR ATL BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD POC MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NWS CAR ATL RSD 87th 55
1985 09 DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT
36
RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL CLT
36
CAR ATL RSD 58th 197
DiGard Motorsports 10 Pontiac MCH
8
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS
1986 Billy Matthews Racing 42 Chevy DAY
17
RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT
DNQ
RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
15
ATL RSD 55th 230
1989 Stavola Brothers Racing 84 Buick DAY CAR
13
ATL
3
RCH
25
DAR
13
BRI
5
NWS
4
MAR
3
TAL
27
CLT
29
DOV
21
SON
30
POC
24
MCH
25
DAY
8
POC
20
TAL
16
GLN
34
MCH
19
BRI
28
DAR
17
RCH
8
DOV
25
MAR
3
CLT
30
NWS
12
CAR
5
PHO
7
ATL
35
15th 3203
1990 Cale Yarborough Motorsports 66 Pontiac DAY
12
RCH
5
CAR
23
ATL
14
DAR
22
BRI
13
NWS
24
MAR
9
TAL
27
CLT
12
DOV
3
SON
39
POC
25
MCH
24
DAY
19
POC
15
TAL
36
GLN
30
MCH
32
BRI
17
DAR
11
RCH
7
DOV
23
MAR
22
NWS
29
CLT
30
CAR
36
PHO
40
ATL
37
22nd 2863
1991 DAY
11
RCH
15
CAR
29
ATL
28
DAR 35th 1258
AAG Racing 34 Buick BRI
30
NWS
26
MAR
32
TAL CLT
40
DOV SON POC MCH DAY
Team III Racing 24 Pontiac POC
35
TAL
20
GLN MCH
21
BRI
27
DAR
23
RCH DOV
6
MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL
1992 RahMoc Enterprises 75 Olds DAY
5
20th 3097
Stavola Brothers Racing 8 Ford CAR
36
RCH
22
ATL
5
DAR
7
BRI
5
NWS
11
MAR
17
TAL
19
CLT
10
DOV
9
SON
26
POC
29
MCH
20
DAY
35
POC
9
TAL
28
GLN
24
MCH
19
BRI
23
DAR
27
RCH
20
DOV
27
MAR
6
NWS
18
CLT
9
CAR
16
PHO
40
ATL
37
1993 Butch Mock Motorsports 75 Ford DAY
41
CAR
29
RCH
21
ATL
37
DAR
20
BRI
22
NWS
33
MAR
14
TAL
31
SON
20
CLT
19
DOV
28
POC
36
MCH
31
DAY
26
NHA
33
POC
30
TAL
19
GLN 30th 2224
Roulo Brothers Racing 39 Chevy MCH
39
BRI DAR RCH
25
King Racing 26 Ford DOV
25
MAR
Larry Hedrick Motorsports 41 Chevy NWS
30
CLT
22
CAR
9
PHO
31
ATL
5
1994 Active Motorsports 32 Chevy DAY
20
CAR
14
RCH
37
ATL
28
DAR
29
BRI
34
NWS
24
MAR
32
TAL
36
SON
DNQ
CLT
38
DOV
38
POC
34
MCH
DNQ
DAY
21
NHA
34
POC
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
IND
DNQ
GLN
32
MCH
41
BRI
17
DAR
38
RCH
12
DOV
21
MAR
32
NWS
16
CLT
13
CAR
8
PHO
39
ATL
DNQ
34th 2019
1995 Bud Moore Engineering 15 Ford DAY
11
CAR
22
RCH
12
ATL
22
DAR
28
BRI
30
NWS
32
MAR
24
TAL
38
SON
24
CLT
16
DOV
32
POC
22
MCH
16
DAY
12
NHA
34
POC
10
TAL
38
IND
18
GLN
28
MCH
13
BRI
35
DAR
36
RCH
18
DOV
23
MAR
15
NWS
19
CLT
32
CAR
16
PHO
29
ATL
23
25th 2875
1996 Schnell Motorsports 63 Ford DAY
43
CAR
DNQ
36th 2131
TriStar Motorsports 19 Ford RCH
DNQ
ATL
14
DAR
35
BRI
8
NWS
22
MAR
DNQ
TAL
19
SON
29
CLT
20
DOV
28
Donlavey Racing 90 Ford POC
26
MCH
39
DAY
28
NHA
27
POC
18
TAL
38
IND
23
GLN
39
MCH
38
BRI
26
DAR
36
RCH
27
DOV
23
MAR
13
NWS
DNQ
CLT
35
CAR
31
PHO
20
ATL
DNQ
1997 DAY
30
CAR
19
RCH
29
ATL
28
DAR
DNQ
TEX
23
BRI
11
MAR
30
SON
DNQ
TAL
15
CLT
33
DOV
41
POC
26
MCH
23
CAL
22
DAY
25
NHA
25
POC
19
IND
DNQ
GLN MCH
39
BRI
3
DAR
13
RCH
19
NHA
22
DOV
18
MAR
42
CLT
14
TAL
23
CAR
5
PHO
40
ATL
14
31st 2629
1998 DAY
27
CAR
37
LVS
16
ATL
6
DAR
24
BRI
13
TEX
22
MAR
37
TAL
20
CAL
37
CLT
21
DOV
21
RCH
17
MCH
24
POC
27
SON
33
NHA
17
POC
29
IND
18
GLN
41
MCH
38
BRI
43
NHA
19
DAR
33
RCH
42
DOV
31
MAR
33
CLT
33
TAL
38
DAY
DNQ
PHO
19
CAR
23
ATL
12
29th 2678
1999 Elliott-Marino Racing 13 Ford DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL 47th 528
LJ Racing 91 Chevy DAR
26
TEX
DNQ
BRI
31
MAR
31
TAL
DNQ
CAL RCH
32
CLT
DNQ
DOV
43
MCH POC
40
SON DAY NHA
29
POC IND
DNQ
GLN BRI
DNQ
DAR
MB2 Motorsports 36 Pontiac MCH
40
Rudd Performance Motorsports 10 Ford RCH
QL
Larry Hedrick Motorsports 41 Chevy NHA
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
CLT
41
TAL CAR PHO HOM ATL
2000 A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 Pontiac DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR
31
BRI
27
51st 423
Joe Bessey Motorsports 60 Chevy TEX
28
MAR TAL
39
CAL
37
RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV MAR CLT
23
TAL CAR PHO HOM
Marcis Auto Racing 71 Chevy ATL
DNQ
2001 DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MAR
QL
TAL PHO CAR
33
HOM ATL NHA 65th 64
2002 DAY CAR
DNQ
LVS ATL
42
DAR BRI
42
TEX MAR DOV
42
POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL CAR PHO HOM 66th 111
Evernham Motorsports 91 Dodge TAL
DNQ
CAL RCH CLT
- Qualified for Ricky Rudd · - Qualified for Dave Marcis
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1970 Fran Kelly Racing Ford 36 26
1975 Puro Racing Mercury 27 36
1984 Billy Matthews Racing Chevrolet 21 36
1986 Billy Matthews Racing Chevrolet 28 17
1990 Cale Yarborough Motorsports Pontiac 32 12
1991 28 11
1992 RahMoc Enterprises Oldsmobile 28 5
1993 Butch Mock Motorsports Ford 21 41
1994 Active Motorsports Chevrolet 29 20
1995 Bud Moore Engineering Ford 17 11
1996 Schnell Motorsports Ford 28 43
1997 Donlavey Racing Ford 27 30
1998 34 27
1999 Elliott-Marino Racing Ford DNQ

Busch Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NBGNC Pts
1984 Hendrick Motorsports 15 Pontiac DAY RCH CAR HCY MAR DAR ROU NSV LGY MLW
3
DOV CLT SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU HCY IRP LGY SBO BRI DAR RCH NWS CLT HCY CAR MAR 69th 185
1990 Mac Martin Motorsports 92 Pontiac DAY
23
RCH CAR MAR HCY DAR BRI LAN SBO NZH HCY CLT
2*
62nd 264
Pharo Racing 33 Olds DOV
7
ROU VOL MYB OXF NHA SBO DUB IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NHA CAR MAR
1991 Mac Martin Motorsports 92 Chevy DAY
42
RCH CAR MAR VOL HCY DAR BRI LAN SBO NZH CLT
2
DOV ROU HCY MYB GLN OXF NHA SBO DUB 37th 1050
Olds IRP
3
ROU BRI
19
Highline Racing 18 Pontiac DAR
4
RCH
23
DOV
4
CLT
DNQ
NHA CAR
28
MAR
28
1992 2 DAY CAR RCH ATL MAR DAR
4
BRI
25
HCY LAN DUB NZH CLT
8
DOV ROU MYB GLN VOL NHA TAL IRP ROU MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT MAR CAR HCY 56th 390
1994 Shoemaker Racing 64 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL MAR DAR HCY BRI ROU NHA NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW SBO TAL HCY IRP MCH
5
BRI
5
DAR RCH DOV
14
CLT
DNQ
CAR
40
53rd 532
Petty Enterprises 43 Pontiac MAR
35
1996 Shoemaker Racing 64 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL
13
NSV
8
DAR
9
BRI
8
HCY
27
NZH
4
CLT
2
DOV
40
SBO
14
MYB
7
GLN
12
MLW
15
NHA
12
TAL
7
IRP
8
MCH
37
BRI
23
DAR
3
RCH
5
DOV
30
CLT
25
CAR
16
HOM
35
12th 2728
1997 DAY
19
CAR
11
RCH
32
ATL
18
LVS
2
DAR
3
HCY
1
TEX
16
BRI
5
NSV
15
TAL
10
NHA NZH
27
CLT
11
DOV
37
SBO
17
GLN
30
MLW
14
MYB GTY
21
IRP
27
MCH
42
BRI
15
DAR
3
RCH
4
DOV
38
CLT
39
CAL
25
CAR
2
HOM
41
14th 3074
1998 DAY
23
CAR
11
LVS
22
NSV
9
DAR
3
BRI
13
TEX
DNQ
HCY
11
TAL
5*
NHA
13
NZH
12
CLT
20
DOV
12
RCH
8
PPR GLN MLW
41
MYB CAL
39
SBO IRP MCH
11
BRI
39
DAR
1
RCH
8
DOV
42
CLT
34
GTY CAR ATL
38
HOM
43
22nd 2441
1999 Spencer Motor Ventures 5 Chevy DAY
26
CAR
DNQ
LVS
31
ATL
31
DAR
37
TEX
DNQ
NSV
42
BRI
21
TAL
11
CAL
26
NHA
11
RCH
11
NZH
13
CLT
31
DOV
5
SBO
21*
GLN
20
MLW
9
MYB
17
PPR
6
GTY
16
IRP
14
MCH
29
BRI
17
DAR
21
RCH
12
DOV
12
CLT
16
CAR
19
MEM
6
PHO
24
HOM
35
11th 3154
2000 DAY
16
CAR
41
LVS
29
ATL
8
DAR
32
BRI
10
TEX
12
NSV
33
TAL
37
CAL
13
RCH
23
NHA
30
CLT
37
DOV
17
SBO
39
MYB
26
GLN
40
MLW
19
NZH
35
PPR
14
GTY
16
IRP
25
MCH
15
BRI
35
DAR
33
RCH
7
DOV
20
CLT
34
CAR
40
MEM
25
PHO
23
HOM
23
22nd 2808
2001 Jay Robinson Racing 49 Ford DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV KEN
38
MLW GLN CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM PHO CAR HOM 132nd 49

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Notes
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  3. ^ Grubba, page 214
  4. ^ a b c d e Grubba 2000, p. 78
  5. ^ a b c Grubba; page 177
  6. ^ a b c d Grubba, page 20
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Grubba, pages 211–222
  8. ^ "Dick and Darlene Trickle a Long Lasting Love". Fabwags.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  9. ^ Grubba, page 21
  10. ^ Grubba, pages 27 – 29
  11. ^ a b Grubba, page 70
  12. ^ a b c Grubba, page 7
  13. ^ Grubba, page 72
  14. ^ a b Grubba, page 73
  15. ^ Grubba, page 75
  16. ^ a b c Grubba, pages 101–102
  17. ^ Grubba, page 1982
  18. ^ a b c Grubba, page 183
  19. ^ a b Grubba, page 184
  20. ^ Grubba, page 192
  21. ^ Grubba, page 32
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