"Honest? His name is WHAT?"
Every rookie news reporter at WSPT/Stevens Point would say the same thing when told they'd be reading the name "Dick Trickle" as part of the weekend racing results from Golden Sands Speedway in the 70's.
"Really? It's not a joke?"
No, it wasn't. The race results were Sunday morning scripture if you were doing the morning's news and sports reports, and the name Dick Trickle was there, usually as the winner, almost every weekend.
Golden Sands. Slinger. Hales Corners. Wisconsin tracks sired many great drivers and Dick Trickle is certainly among them. He'd go on to become a NASCAR rookie at the age of 48, and he'd become a colorful legend with his Central Wisconsin common sense and self-effacing personality. ESPN made him a household name, as Keith Olberman and Dan Patrick made sure to include Trickle's finish after every NASCAR race, no matter where he came in, just because of his name.
Trickle loved his coffee in the morning and his beer at night. He savored his cigarettes 24/7, Trickle even smoked behind the wheel.
Trickle is gone, choosing to take his own life this week. TMZ has sources that say he was sick. The Journal/Sentinel says he never got over the death of a granddaughter. Whatever the reason, the world needs more characters Dick Trickle.