Edwards honors with pole

Trickle’s death resonates on eve of All-Star festivities

The Charlotte ObserverMay 18, 2013 

NASCAR Charlotte Auto Racing

Team owner Richard Petty looks on in the garage during Friday's practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

BOB JORDAN — The Associated Press

  • Lineups

    After Friday qualifying; race Saturday

    Sprint All-Star Race

    At Charlotte Motor Speedway

    1.99Carl EdwardsFord145.556
    2.78Kurt BuschChevy144.068
    3.16Greg BiffleFord143.737
    4.18Kyle BuschToyota143.676
    5.22Joey LoganoFord143.374
    6.15Clint BowyerToyota142.612
    7.11Denny HamlinToyota142.456
    8.55Mark MartinToyota142.104
    9.5Kasey KahneChevy142.064
    10.24Jeff GordonChevy141.688
    11.39Ryan NewmanChevy141.218
    12.2Brad KeselowskiFord140.883
    13.14Tony StewartChevy140.407
    14.34David RaganFord139.407
    15.88Dale Earnhardt, Jr..Chevy138.237
    16.20Matt KensethToyota134.943
    17.9Marcos AmbroseFord132.727
    18.48Jimmie JohnsonChevy130.16
    19.29Kevin HarvickChevy

    After Friday qualifying; race Saturday

    At Charlotte Motor Speedway

    Sprint Showdown

    1.56Martin Truex, Jr..Toyota193.424
    2.1Jamie McMurrayChevy192.699
    3.42J. Pablo MontoyaChevy192.342
    4.17Ricky StenhouseFord192.28
    5.13Casey MearsFord190.88
    6.31Jeff BurtonChevy190.154
    7.10Danica PatrickChevy190.061
    8.27Paul MenardChevy189.86
    9.36J.J. YeleyChevy189.447
    10.33Landon CassillChevy188.963
    11.47Bobby LabonteToyota188.818
    12.43Aric AlmirolaFord188.732
    13.44Scott RiggsFord188.58
    14.38David GillilandFord188.186
    15.95Michael McDowellFord187.696
    16.83David ReutimannToyota187.435
    17.19Mike BlissToyota187.305
    18.93Travis KvapilToyota187.013
    19.7Dave BlaneyChevy186.696
    20.32Timmy HillFord185.861
    21.87Joe NemechekToyota184.011
    22.30David StremmeToyota183.767
    23.52Brian KeselowskiToyota181.458

— Can Dick Trickle reach Victory Lane in NASCAR one more time?

If Carl Edwards’s speed from qualifying translates into Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Trickle’s name at least could make one more appearance in the winner’s circle.

Edwards completed his three laps and four-tire pit stop Friday night in 111.297 seconds to win the pole for the all-star race. He did so with the name “Dick Trickle” over the driver’s side window of his No. 99 Ford.

Trickle, a Wisconsin short track ace and two-time winner in what now is the Nationwide series, died Thursday in nearby Lincoln County after an apparent suicide.

“A lot of my guys on my crew are from Wisconsin, and we wanted to do something to honor him,” Edwards said. “I didn’t know if I deserved to have that name on my car.

“The first time I met him was in Michigan. I was 16 years old and melting down in the sun and here’s this guy in a black driver’s suit, with gray hair, smoking a cigarette out in the middle of the sun.

“I thought that was the toughest human being alive.”

Edwards’ crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series is veteran Jimmy Fennig, who also served a stint as Trickle’s crew chief in the Cup series.

“Dick Trickle was a hero to over half my crew,” Edwards said.

Several drivers experienced problems during the pit road stop, which was run with no speed limit on pit road and pit crews unable to begin servicing the car until it came to a complete stop.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. originally qualified second-fastest but dropped to 15th after he was assessed a five-second penalty for a loose lug nut.

Kurt Busch ended up as the second-fastest in qualifying, followed by Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.

Logano managed to keep the fifth spot even though he overshot his pit stall during his stop and was forced to back up.

Edwards was one of many drivers who lauded the qualifying process NASCAR used on Friday night.

“This is such an exciting qualifying process, and there was so much pressure and to get the pole is just spectacular,” he said. “Our car was fast. Our pit crew was fast. It was just awesome.

“This is the way we want to start this thing. We want to win all $2 million and want to win all the segments. This is the first part of our plan.”

Clint Bowyer, who qualified sixth, was just as excited with the absence of a pit road speed limit.

“Man, that’s a wild deal,” he said. “It’s amazing coming off pit road like that. It’s interesting, it’s exciting.

“That’s a fun event right there.”

Saturday night’s race features five segments. The first four are 20 laps each followed by a 10-lap shootout with $1 million going to the winner.

Track owner Bruton Smith has put up an extra $1 million if the winner of the all-star race leads all five segments.

Earlier in the evening, Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the 40-lap Sprint Showdown, which will be run prior to the all-star race. The top two finishers will advance into the all-star field.

The final spot in the field will be filled with the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, which will be announced after the Showdown.

Busch snaps streak at Truck

At Concord, N.C., Kyle Busch snapped a seven-race drought on the NASCAR Truck Series by winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch dominated the early, but had to overcome a penalty that sent him to the back of the pack midway through the race. He battled back from 19th place in the No. 51 Toyota for his first Truck victory since Sept. 24, 2011, at Loudon, N.H.

Results in Scoreboard, C4

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