Saturday, October 3, 2020

1971 – Oktoberfest 200 to Trickle


Dick Trickle 

West Salem, Wis. (October 3, 1971) – Dick Trickle of Wisconsin Rapids took the big one Sunday afternoon at the La Crosse Interstate Speedway, winning the Oktoberfest 200 late model stock car race.

Trickle, coming from his 30th starting position in the 33-car field, took command on lap 35. Only once did he relinquish the lead and that was on lap 129 when he took a pit stop for gas. It took 28 laps to regain the lead from Don Leach of Beloit, Wis.

From there on, it was all Trickle with Marv Marzofka of Nekoosa, Wis., finishing a distant second.

The two-day event started out Saturday with time trials and qualifying race.

The three winners of the three qualifying races would start in the last three spots of the 33-car field. The top 30 qualifiers would start in inverted positions.

Trickle would blow an engine in hot laps but would quickly replace it and set fast time, touring the 5/8-mile in 20.78 seconds, just short of the track record of 20.74 seconds, which he holds.

Mike Murgic, Rosemount, Minn., won the first 20-lap qualifier with Ken Mann of Cottage Grove, Minn., second and Les Ferris of Northfield, Minn., third.

Tom Reffner of Rudolph, Wis., took the second 20-lap qualifier over Vaughn Gerke of Rockford, Ill., and Dale Walworth of Warren, Wis.

Greg De Lapp won the third and final 20-lap qualifier and the 33rd starting position but blew an engine hot lapping before the 200-lapper and gave his starting spot to the consolation winner who would be Ken Mann.

Results –

1. Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids
2. Marv Marzofka, Nekoosa
3. Don Leach, Beloit
4. Tom Reffner, Rudolph
5. Al Ward, Elba, Minn.
6. John Brevik, Fairchild
7. Dick Graves, Minneapolis
8. Dick Schultz, Wausau
9. Larry Behrens, Northfield, Minn.
10.Dan Prziborowski, Savage, Minn.

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