Bickle returns to drive at Madison

Bickle returns to Madison for ASA Showdown Oregon, Wis. (July 17, 2003) -- NASCAR Truck Series standout and two-time Madison International Speedway Track Champion Rich Bickle will be among those drivers on hand for Friday night's BFGoodrich...

Bickle returns to Madison for ASA Showdown

Oregon, Wis. (July 17, 2003) -- NASCAR Truck Series standout and two-time Madison International Speedway Track Champion Rich Bickle will be among those drivers on hand for Friday night's BFGoodrich Tires 250 at Madison's .50-mile oval. The former short-track ace from Edgerton, Wis. will drive the No. 42 Blain's Farm and Fleet second car from the Wood Brothers Racing stable.

Bickle made his initial start of the 2003 ASA season in May at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, finishing in seventh position. He led for 39 laps, giving eventual winner Mike Garvey a tough battle for leadership honors in the later part of the event.

Bickle made his last appearance with ASA in the Badger State in 1997, finishing third at Wisconsin International Raceway. Post-race technical inspection, however, turned up a non-conforming part on Bickle's car and he was disqualified. Prior to that event, Bickle raced with ASA in 1993 at Madison International Raceway, finishing ninth in the Yamaha Corporation Oldsmobile.

His best career finish came April 22, 1990, when he was second to Gary St. Amant in the season-opening Buckeye 300 at Columbus Motor Speedway. That season, Bickle was locked in a tight battle with Johnny Benson for the Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year award until the series rolled into Winchester (Ind.) Speedway for the 15th of the scheduled 17 races. A blown engine in practice cut short Bickle's season, as he missed that event and the final two at Nashville and Jennerstown. Bickle earned four top-five and six top-10 finishes that season, finishing ninth in the series points. In all, Bickle has competed in 25 ASA Racing Series events, earning eight top-five finishes, six top-10 results and $74,890 in prize money.

Bickle won three Truck Series races in 1997. He finished second to champion Jack Sprague in series points in '97 on the strength of those victories, 15 top-five and 17 top- 10 finishes. He also won four of his six poles that season, driving Darrell Waltrip's Die Hard Chevrolet. For his career, Bickle has amassed 21 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes.

He made his first NASCAR Winston Cup start in 1989 and ran nearly the full season in 1999, starting 24 races for Tyler Jet Motorsports in the 10-10-345 Pontiac. In 1998, Bickle earned two of his three career top-10 finishes and finished 38th in the points for Cale Yarborough's team. He started 21 races and earned his lone career top-five finish, a fourth at Martinsville. In all, Bickle has started 85 Winston Cup events.

In 2001, Bickle drove Tad Geshickter's No. 59 Kingsford Charcoal/MatchLight Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series. In 25 starts, Bickle earned three top-10 finishes and finished 24th in the points.

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 goes green at 8 p.m. (Local). Tickets are available at a cost of $25 for general admission seats. For additional information on the ASA Racing Series visit asaracing.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Darrell Waltrip , Johnny Benson , Mike Garvey , Cale Yarborough
Teams Wood Brothers Racing