WEST SALEM, Wis. — A three-year void since the last time a member of the Trickle family was part of the Oktoberfest Race Weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway will be filled next month, as Chris Trickle makes his first attempt at the prestigious short track classic.
With the passing of Dick Trickle in 2013, the void was noticeable, but that void disappeared when 16-year old Trickle — the great nephew of short track legend Dick Trickle — filed his official entry for the event.
Oktoberfest will mark the Las Vegas teenager’s second trip to Wisconsin, competing in a new Hamke Chassis super late model from Jim Wisz’s Race Car Help in Amherst during the four day weekend on Oct. 6-9.
The great nephew of the legendary driver is eager to make his first visit to Oktoberfest.
“I’ve heard there are going to be a lot of really good drivers there, and there will be good competition,” Chris Trickle said. “I also heard that they put the pedal to the metal on the last lap.”
The young driver got to know his famous great uncle while he was growing up.
“Me and him were pretty close,” Trickle explained. “I just know that he was a real man, and the most down to earth guy that I ever knew. I have heard a lot of good stories and I am eager to listen to more stories about him.”
When asked about any personal memories he has of Dick Trickle, Chris didn’t hesitate when offering a recollection.
“He came out to the track in 2010 when I was racing bandoleros. It was our championship night and I won it,” Trickle recalled. “He told me to keep my nose clean and that I have a bright future.”
Chris Trickle is currently in his second full year racing super late models on the west coast, having competed at tracks including Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, Orange Show (Calif.) Speedway and the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
He won in his third start last season and finished third in points, claiming Rookie of the Year honors at the Bullring.
The young Trickle admitted he has been in a sophomore slump this year, but hopes picking up a win during Oktoberfest will turn his year around.
He is also quite aware of the history of Oktoberfest and the legacy of his great uncle, who won the event twice, in 1971 and again in 1987.
The opportunity he will have by competing left him speechless.
“Words can’t describe it,” Trickle said. “It feels amazing to get on a track that my great uncle has won at and hopefully I can win on and carry on the legacy. I know I will have my hands full when I go up there.”
CREDIT: LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway