Veteran tests 'Trickle up' theory By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 1999) You can't teach an old dog new tricks. But he can always teach you some. Dick Trickle, claimed off the waiver wire by Bill Elliott to drive his No. 13...
Veteran tests 'Trickle up' theory By Brett Borden
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 1999) You can't teach an old dog new tricks. But he can always teach you some. Dick Trickle, claimed off the waiver wire by Bill Elliott to drive his No. 13 Ford for the Daytona 500, posted the fastest time for the second time in as many days as Ford wrapped up its first test session at Daytona International Speedway Monday. Trickle, who turned 57 last October, actually tested two cars this week. Monday, the 13A turned the fastest lap of the session at 189.909 mph, while the 13 was second-fastest at 189.845. It's a win-win situation for Trickle and car owner Bill Elliott. Trickle has been unable to find the right situation to compete full-time in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series this season. Elliott was having trouble finding the right sponsorship deal for his second team to justify its existence for an entire year. In Elliott, Trickle gets a trusted car owner who will give him good equipment, and a shot at the one race every driver wants to make -- the Daytona 500. In Trickle, Elliott gets an experienced driver behind the wheel who will possibly give him a drafting partner in the "Great American Race." "It's a deal Bill and I made and he's got plenty of people that he can split off some of his group that he's got in his 94 shop and run kind of a second team," said Trickle of what is now a one-race deal. "I think he'd like to run four to six races this year, but not necessarily with me -- just to use for some testing and do a secondary thing. I'm just glad he called me, because I'd have hated to miss the granddaddy of them all, the Daytona 500." The way Trickle is going, he may outqualify the boss. But Trickle knows where his bread is buttered. "You don't want to take anything away from the 94 car, but they'll give me good equipment," he said. "They want to make a bona fide effort. It isn't just testing. Bill expects to see me run good. He ain't going to get out of his car and give it to me, but he will give me the best he can and we'll work with it and try to make it better." Meanwhile, Trickle says his full-time ride in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division team is rounding into shape nicely. "I got Schneider Trucking behind me as the sponsor," he said. "Jimmy Spencer is the new owner. We're going to have a bunch of cars and a great engine program with Ron Hutter. I got my crew chief Bryan Schaffer - same guy I had last year -- so that looks real strong."
Source: NASCAR Online