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Memorial Day racing raises money for Dick Trickle memorial

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -- On this Memorial Day, racers gathered to remember a central Wisconsin racing legend.

Dick Trickle passed away a year ago. Money from Monday's races went to a memorial for Trickle in Rudolph.

Many of his racing buddies from his days on the track were there and they say it was hard not to think of their friend.

"We've had a traditional Memorial Day event here for the last eight to 10 years, but this one's special because it's for Dick Trickle," said Craig Bassuener, the race promoter.

A giant in the sport of racing, Trickle's name brings a lot of happy memories.

"Dick was a people person," said Tom Reffner, a friend of Trickle's. "All those people that were fans of his, he was a fan of theirs too."

"He was great in the racing community, not just in Wisconsin but throughout the nation," said Kyle Quella, a driver from Appleton.

Reffner says his relationship with Trickle was a friendly rivalry.

He's a big part of putting the memorial together.

"A little larger-than-life statue of him in the center, pictures of his cars," Reffner said. "He drove over 200 cars but we think we'll put up like 70."

They may not be racing anymore, but the impact of drivers like Trickle and Reffner is still being felt.

"I didn't really get to see them race in their heyday, but they're the building blocks of why I'm here," Quella said.

Drivers and fans say they continue to be inspired by Trickle, and they won't soon forget him.

"It doesn't surprise me one bit to see 1500 people here," Reffner said.

Organizers call the racing community a family. They say it means a lot to raise money for a memorial to one of their own.

They say Monday's race brought in more than $2000.
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