Sunday, June 18, 2023

1977 - Trickle Dominates Capital ARTGO

Dick Trickle 

Oregon, Wis. (June 18, 1977) – If the other drivers Saturday night in the ARTGO Father’s Day Weekend spectacular at the Capital Super Speedway got tired of hearing Dick Trickle’s name mentioned, you could hardly blame them. The show was the first half of a two-day doubleheader.

Trickle, of Wisconsin Rapids, won every event he entered, taking $1,800 of the $13,000 purse. Trickle won the 100-lap finale, the 50-lap feature for the odd-numbered qualifiers, the “King of the Hill” contest and was fast qualifier.

Trickle, driving his 1977 “White Knight” Firebird, took the lead in the 100-lap feature on the 45th lap after Bob Senneker of Dorr, Mich., who had led from lap 25, suddenly pulled into the pit are with a broken rocker arm. Engine trouble came as no surprise to Senneker, who had earlier missed the opening 50-lap event because of motor issues.

Only Larry Detjens of Wausau and Joe Shear of South Beloit, Ill., finished the 100 laps still on the same circuit as Trickle. Detjens trailed Trickle throughout the feature but finished seven car lengths behind the winner. Shear followed in third, followed by Jim Pierson, Steve Burgess and Larry Phillips, who had to restart in the rear after he and Tom Reffner spun on lap 64.

After winning the 50-lap feature for even-numbered qualifiers, Larry Schuler of Lockport, Ill., experienced little luck in the main event. He tangled with Senneker on lap 4 and dropped out nine laps later with suspension problems.

Results –

1. Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids
2. Larry Detjens, Wausau
3. Joe Shear, South Beloit, Ill.
4. Jim Pierson, Janesville
5. Steve Burgess, Eau Claire
6. Larry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
7. Gary Hemmerling, Beloit
8. Bob Carnes, Kalamazoo, Mich.
9. Tom Jones, Northbrook, Ill.
10.Everett DeWitt, Janesville

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