Trickle and a win for the aged

Saturday, March 29, 1997 – Short-track standout Dick Trickle became the oldest winner in the NASCAR Busch Grand National (now XFINITY) Series when he captured the Galaxy Foods 300 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Trickle was 55 years, five months and three days old. He passed defending series champion Randy LaJoie with 22 laps remaining for the final lead change of the race.

The victory was the first in the series for the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native. It came in his 51st start.

A little more than a year after the victory, Trickle would break his own record, winning the Dura-Lube 200 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway at 56 years, 10 months and nine days. It was his final victory in the series.

Trickle, the 1989 Cup series rookie of the year, remains the oldest driver to win a race in one of NASCAR’s national series (Cup, XFINITY and Truck). Harry Gant holds the record in Cup, winning at 52 years, seven months and six days; Joe Ruttman’s win at Pikes Peak in 2001 earned him the title of oldest winner in the Truck Series – he was 56 years, six months and 22 days at the time.

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