Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rich Bickle Born In Edgerton, Wisconsin - May 13, 1961

May 13, 1961
Richard "Rich" Bickle, Jr
Born in Edgerton, Wisconsin, USA.
Now retired, Bickle competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series although never completing a full season. He also had a long history in short track racing. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described him in 2012 as a "stud on the short tracks in the late 1980s and early '90s and a journeyman who rarely caught a break in NASCAR." He won three NASCAR truck races, had a career-best fourth place finish in NASCAR Winston Cup in 218 career NASCAR starts.

He is a four-time Slinger Nationals winner (1992, 1996, 2003, 2013). A five-time Snowball Derby winner (1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999) and a two time National Short Track Championship winner (1990, 2010).

Bickle announced that 2013 would be his final season of racing stock cars; competing for the full season in the ARCA Midwest Tour. He also returned to Slinger Super Speedway where he won his fourth Slinger Nationals.

Bickle occasionally races at special events at his home tracks in Wisconsin. He began concentrating more being a businessman and by 2012 he operated three businesses. He owned a hot rod shop in Janesville, Wisconsin, a bar in Madison, Wisconsin, and a drive-shaft business in Madison.

He was inducted in the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame in 2015.

Bickle, who is single, is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan and follows them whenever he can. He also likes riding his Harley-Davidson, restoring and building hot rods and adding to his antique beer can collection.

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