A tournament that started with 64 of the greatest pavement short track drivers of all-time is now down to just two. After five rounds of voting over the course of the last two weeks, Richie Evans and Dick Trickle have made it through to the Short Track Bracket Challenge Finals. They will go head-to-head to determine the greatest pavement short track driver of all-time.
Evans and Trickle each move on to the final round after big wins in the “Pavement Four” over the weekend. Evans, from the Northeast region, took down the Southeast champion Jody Ridley by a 39-point margin. Meanwhile, Trickle (Midwest) ended the underdog run made by the West Coast’s No. 12 seed Ron Hornaday, Jr by a substantial margin.
Evans, a nine-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is widely considered to be the best Tour-Type Modified driver of all-time. The NASCAR Hall of Famer is estimated to have over 480 wins in a Modified at 40 different tracks throughout the United States.
On the other side of the battle is Dick Trickle, who is more well-known for his accomplishments in full-fendered race cars. The driver from Wisconsin is estimated to have won somewhere around 1,200 races throughout his career. He won ASA races, he won races like the Slinger Nationals and he won races at short tracks all around the United States.
Voting for the Short Track Bracket Challenge Finals begins Monday afternoon and will continue until 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Fans will have 48 hours to place their votes and help determine the greatest pavement short track racer of all-time. The winner will be announced Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET on Speed51.com
Votes can be placed in a matter of seconds by simply clicking on either driver on the ballot below. The full bracket that started with 64 drivers can be seen by clicking here.
-Text by Speed51.com Staff