THE SIDELINES : Trickle Oldest Rookie of Year

From Times Wire Services

Forty-seven-year-old Dick Trickle this week officially became the oldest Rookie of the Year in the history of NASCAR Winston Cup stock car racing.

The driver from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., who has won more than 600 feature races, most of them on the nation's short tracks, led most of the way and finished his first full season in NASCAR's premier series with 295 points in the rookie competition.

Trickle, driving for the Miller-Stavola Brothers team, was the highest-finishing rookie in 11 of the 27 races he ran as a registered rookie. He had three third-place finishes, was fourth once and fifth twice.

Trickle will drive next season for Cale Yarborough and Phillips 66.

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