If you were to poll Wisconsin race fans on their personal favorite driver all-time, I would bet the first name many would mention is Dick Trickle.
My neck of the woods (in Wisconsin) has certainly made its contribution to stock car racing over the years.
Locally here in Milwaukee, Alan Kulwicki probably remains the most iconic driver 20-plus years after his final race. Kulwicki won the 1992 NASCAR championship in dramatic fashion in the final race of the season – an event that also marked the final race in the career of Richard Petty and the first in the career of Jeff Gordon.
Less than six months after being crowned Cup Champion, Kulwicki would lose his life on April Fools’ Day 1993 when his plane went down in icy conditions attempting to land in Bristol, Tennessee.
Matt Kenseth has taken his place as the most successful racing product from the state, rising from the short-track ranks to become a 27-time winner at the Cup level, along with the 2003 season championship. So far in 2...