Lovely man, always an easy and pleasant interview ... On the midwestern short tracks he was a legend, a giant, said to have over 1200 feature wins.
Agreed. Got to interview him for a newspaper story in the late 1990s, when he was fulltime on the NASCAR Busch circuit, and he was genial, open, gracious and funny in that droll Wisconsin sort-of way.
Driving to work this morning, it occurred to me that, normally, dominant race winners tend to become an "enemy of the people" who want to see anyone else win for a change (and Trickle certainly fit). But as far as I can recall, Dick Trickle was cheered, beloved, even a hero to racing fans in Wisconsin and the Midwest U.S. I think it's because he was seen as "one of us," if one of us could win 67 races in a single season.