Monday, July 4, 2022

1980 – Trickle Overall Winner in State Park ARTGO Program

Driving a brand-new race car, Dick Trickle captured overall honors in the ARTGO program at State Park Speedway. - Stan Kalwasinski Collection

Wausau, Wis. (July 4, 1980) – Two weeks of hard work paid dividends for Dick Trickle of Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday night.

Driving a 1979 Pontiac Firebird he finished building only a day earlier, Trickle captured overall honors during the ARTGO Racing program at State Park Speedway.

“It’s almost new,” Trickle said of the car he drove to victory in the first 50-lap feature and to third place in the second contest.

“It seems like it’ll be a good car,” added Trickle of the car, assembled from bits and pieces of Jim Bohmsach’s 1974 Nova. “We took some parts off of Boomer’s car like the roll cage, rear end and brakes. The rest of it is all new. We started the car in the spring and were about half done, working on during our spare time.”

But half done wasn’t good enough after a crash at Berlin, Mich., two weeks ago destroyed his 1978 Firebird. Trickle also suffered a concussion in the crash which left him bruised up for four days.

Working virtually day and night, Trickle and his crew were able to complete construction of the car in time for the ARTGO special.

Trickle took the lead from Joe Shear of South Beloit, Ill., on lap 33 with the duo battling for the top spot for the remaining 17 circuits.

Three yellow flags slowed the first feature with the final one coming out when Larry Detjens of Wausau spun out in turn one.

“I was just trying too hard,” said Detjens, who was running third at the time.

Detjens’ spinout may have cost him overall honors as the former rodeo star came back to capture the second feature.

Detjens took the lead from Shear on lap 25, building his advantage to four-car-lengths before Steve Burgess of Eau Claire spun out with one lap to go.

“The car was running really good,” Detjens remarked, who added that he wasn’t worried about the restart.

“There’s a chance you can get bumped when you get bunched up like that,” he said. The victory was the first of the season for Detjens on his home track.

Shear also finished second in that feature.

Dan Prziborowski of Bloomington, Minn., won the accident-marred semi-feature. Five yellow flags slowed the action that saw multi-car pile-up on lap 2.

Results –

Time trials – Larry Detjens, Wausau (14.143)
Qualifier #1 – Ken Lund, Deerfield
Qualifier #2 – Kevin Stepan, Mosinee
Qualifier #3 – Jim Back, Vesper
Semi – Dan Prizborowski, Bloomington, Minn.

Feature #1 –

1. Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids
2. Joe Shear, South Beloit, Ill.
3. Marv Marzofka, Nekoosa
4. Jim Sauter, Necedah
5. Steve Burges, Eau Claire
6. Tom Reffner, Rudolph
7. Mike Miller, Wisconsin Rapids
8. Butch Miller, Lawton, Mich.
9. Steve Moll, Wisconsin Rapids
10.Ed Hoffman, Niles, Ill.

Feature #2 –

1. Larry Detjens
2. Joe Shear
3. Dick Trickle
4. Jim Sauter
5. Tom Reffner
6. Mike Miller
7. Marv Marzofka
8. Jim Back
9. Steve Moll
10.Ed Hoffman

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