Dick Trickle Classic set for Sunday at Tomah-Sparta Speedway
The Central Wisconsin Racing Association (CWRA) Stars to Legends Tour will be at the Tomah-Sparta Speedway in Tomah Sunday, Sept. 16, for the Dick Trickle Classic.
A native of Rudolph, Trickle was a short-track legend in Wisconsin and toured on the CWRA tracks, before he raced in NASCAR.
The Dick Trickle Classic will be held as part of the Tomah-Sparta Speedway’s two-day Fall Classic, which will also offer a full race program Saturday, Sept. 15.
The Sunday CWRA event featuring the Super Late Model-type race car will be the first held at the 3/8 mile paved oval in over 20 years. The day’s racing will culminate in the running of two, 30-lap Main events.
Trickle in his short-track racing days competed in these cars throughout the Midwest for many years, including winning on numerous occasions at the Tomah-Sparta Speedway before heading off to a career in NASCAR. The event is being held to commemorate Trickle’s accomplishments at this level of racing, and race cars he actually competed in will be on display as part of the afternoon’s show.
All of the CWRA Stars to Legends Tour top drivers will be on hand for the event, and with a number of drivers that haven’t raced yet on the Tour indicating they will be on hand, entrants for the event could swell to 25 or better.
Tour-point leader Jeff Weinfurter of Wisconsin Rapids heads up the list of drivers to compete. Weinfurter, with four wins thus far on the Tour, currently holds a 48-point lead over fellow Wisconsin Rapids driver Darren Jackson, who is knocking on the door for his first win.
Early season points leader Mark Mackesy of Wausau, who also has four wins, stands third in points, 53 behind Weinfurter.
Darek Gress of Neillsville, a two-time Tour winner, currently rides fourth in the standings, with Rachel Kallas of Winneconne in fifth. As this will be the second-to-last race for the Tour’s 2018 campaign, the points championship chase could still realistically be won by as many as seven drivers.
Besides the racing action, the Dick Trickle Memorial Project group will be on hand, trying to meet their goal for constructing the Memorial in Trickle’s honor in his hometown of Rudolph.
Items to purchase and raffle will be onsite on race day, for fans to help the group reach the last $50,000 of their fundraising goal.
Besides the former Trickle raced cars on hand, memorabilia will be on display for those fans wanting to familiarize themselves with the outstanding racing career of Trickle.
The Sunday program will see gates to the Speedway opening at 10 a.m., with CWRA Super Late Models, 600 Modifieds, Modifieds, (UMA rules) and Bandoleros rotating practice sessions starting at 11 a.m. Qualifying (CWRA doesn’t qualify, but draws for starting positions.) will begin at 12:30 p.m., with racing set to start at 2 p.m.
Saturday’s program will consist of what the track would normally run on a regular Friday race night, which includes, Tomah Modifieds, Sportsmen, Tomah Hobbystocks, 6 Shooters, Hornets and Dash race cars. Tomah Race divisions will not be racing for points. Practice time earlier in the day for the CWRA cars will also be held. Racing on the night is set to start at 7:30 p.m.
For Tomah-Sparta Speedway information, go to their Facebook page. For CWRA info, go to the Central Wisconsin Racing Association Facebook page, or its website at cwra.co
Tomah-Sparta Speedway is located 2.5 miles west of Tomah on State Highway 21.