West Salem, Wis. (August 21, 1973) – Dick Trickle of Wisconsin Rapids picked up his biggest paycheck of the season here Tuesday night as he handily won $1,000 first-place money in the Holmen Ford 100-lap feature race at the La Crosse Interstate Speedway.Trickle led for 88 of the 100 laps in his 70 Mustang and held a 50-yard margin over runner-up Jim Back of Vesper in a ’73 Camaro to take the lion’s share of the $8,000 purse. This is the fifth win of the season here for Trickle, the other four coming in weekly 25-lap feature competition.
Trickle started the feature from the sixth row of the 19-car field but worked his way to second behind Tom Reffner of Rudolph by lap 11 and went to the outside on lap 12 to take the lead he was never to lose.
Front row starter Tim Carlson of La Crosse kept his ’72 Camaro in the lead for the first seven laps before giving way to Greg Aronson of Minneapolis, who led for two laps before losing out to Reffner’s Mustang on lap 10.
Once into the lead, Trickle slowly pulled away from Reffner and the rest of the pack until the yellow flag came out on lap 28 when a door fell off John Rank's ‘72 Nova and it had to be removed from the track.
After two laps under the caution flag. Reffner and Back battled for second place until lap 36 when Back went to the outside on turn three to grab a challenging position behind Trickle.
But the big duel for first place between rivals Trickle and Back never came about. Trickle managed to hold onto a comfortable lead and ate up the laps until the caution flag came out for 10 laps on the 59th circuit when Rank and Arenson collided.
Another accident happened on the 92nd lap as Rank, having an unenviable streak of bad luck, hit Ralph Bakewell, who had spun out. Both cars restarted but came into the pits on the same lap.
Trickle, meanwhile, ran steadily and Back was unable to mount a real threat. “My car was running pretty good, but the right front tire was goofed up a little,” said Trickle. “Back was running well too, but I wasn’t too worried about him catching me.”
Rich Somers placed third in the feature with June’s Pyroil 100 winner Marv Marzofka finishing fourth and Reffner fifth.
John Brevik of Fairchild battled Wayne Swartout of Janesville for 18 laps before gaining the lead and going on to victory in the 25-lap semi-feature.
A crowd of 2,500, the second largest of the season, was on hand for the program.
1. Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids
2. Jim Back, Vesper
3. Rich Somers, Stevens Point
4. Marv Marzofka, Nekoosa
5. Tom Reffner, Rudolph
6. Dave Watson, Beloit
7. Jon Chrest, Hamal, Minn.
8. Larry Detjens, Wausau
9. Pete Mahlum, Onalaska
10.Bob Mackesy, Wausau
11.Don Grant, La Crosse
12.Jim Sauter, Necedah
13.John Scott, Onalaska
14.Larry Anderson, La Crosse
15.Ralph Bakewell, La Crosse
16.Fred Beckler, Sparta
17.John Rank, Milwaukee
18.Greg Arenson, Minneapolis
19.Tim Carlson, West Salem