driver Dick Liskai passes away
GIBSONBURG, Ohio (July 22, 2002) - Sprint car driver Dick
Liskai passed away Friday evening after a courageous two-year
battle with cancer. He was 54-years-old.
Liskai, who had worked many years at the Dana Corporation
and most recently as a self-employed truck driver, piloted
sprint cars for over 30 years. He had competed most recently
at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway in 2000. He
finished in the top 10 in points at Fremont that year, and
had put together a brand new car for the 2001 season when
he was diagnosed with cancer.
Even while receiving treatment for his cancer, Liskai would
attend the races at Fremont Speedway, helping with the 305
sprint team of Craig Mintz.
A moment of silence was held Saturday, July 20, at Fremont
Speedway in remembrance of Liskai. Two of his children -
son, Brent of Gibsonburg and Shelley Bowe-Liskai of Helena
- were in attendance, as were his three brothers, Al of
Fremont, and Steve and David of Gibsonburg.
Liskai began racing in the late 1960s/early 1970s. He won
many features at Millstream Speedway (Findlay) and scored
three career wins at Fremont. He raced primarily in Ohio,
but did compete in some events in Pennsylvania, Indiana,
Michigan and Iowa.
Liskai also competed against his brothers, Steve and Al,
throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Sprint car legend Rick Ferkel
also credited Liskai with helping his career. In the early
1970s, Ferkel and Liskai teamed up to own a car, which carried
Ferkel to several feature wins.
"Uncle Dick enjoyed racing. Not only did he enjoy driving
sprint cars, but I really think he liked the challenge of
trying to figure out how to set them up," said nephew
Brian Liskai, who is the announcer at Fremont Speedway.
"He really enjoyed just being around the track and
the people...the racing fraternity was a part of his family."
This spring, a benefit was held at the Rollersville Tavern
for Liskai, and hundreds of family, friends and race fans
turned out to help raise $10,500.
"I know Uncle Dick was completely flabergasted by that
response. Those that attended that event and those who sent
cards and letters will never know how much they touched
Dick and our entire family," continued Brian.
Plans are to have Liskai's familiar #6 sprint car at Fremont
Speedway soon, where fans can sign their condolensces on
Liskai is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his mother, Marion
Liskai of Gibsonburg; children, Shelley, Brent, Tonya and
Jeanette; brothers, Alex of Fremont and David and Steve
of Gibsonburg; sisters, Ruth Blair of South Carolina, Joan
Vincent of Gibsonburg, Pat Hendricks of Montpelier and Sandy
Haubert of Colorado; five grandchildren; and many nieces
Friends may call at the Nopper-Veh Funeral Home in Gibsonburg
on Tuesday, July 23, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services
will be held Wednesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at the funeral