Richard the Lionhearted, King of England 1189-1199, found it necessary to visit his country only twice during his reign. The rest of the time he spent on the third crusade and on the continent.
Maine's "King Richard", Dick McCabe, has also spent a good portion of his career on a crusade - to recognition as one of the top race car drivers in the country, competing on tracks from Maine to Florida.
McCabe, a longtime resident of Kennebunkport, was honored in 1992 and 1993 as Busch Grand National North Champion. These back-to-back victories reinforced McCabe's reputation as a genuine legend in his sport.
In 1992, McCabe totaled 1,988 points, six more than second place Joe Bessey. Starting 16 times, McCabe had one win with seven top five finishes and 11 in the top 10. Repeating as champion in 1993, McCabe scored 2,466 points, 57 more than his closest pursuer. He had one win in his 18 starts, finished in the top five nine times with 13 top 10 finishes.
In accepting his fourth NASCAR series title, McCabe, who has been dubbed "The Irish Angel" displayed the modesty that is a trademark of his success. He credited members of his team: Don Crisman, Mark Wentworth, Kevin Wood, Ray Labbe, Bobby Stuart, Billy Bath, Malcolm Griffin and James Wentworth.
"Being down early in the season really showed what the guys were made of, "said McCabe. "They wouldn't give up and when you've got people like these behind you, you can't help but to keep charging forward. And for that, I've got this championship to thank them for."
McCabe has a long list of awards and championships over his long career including:
Busch Grand National North runner-up in 1988 and 1991; BGNN Most Popular Driver, 1988; Oxford 250 Champion, 1988; New Hampshire International Speedway Track Champion, 1991; Gatorade Circle of Champions 1992, 1993; "Maine's Greatest Race Car Driver" Speedway Scene 1989; Oxford Plains Open Competition Champion, 1982 - 1985; and Skoal/Copenhagen Canadian Series Champion, 1983.
Dick's wife Rosanne passed away in 1994. He has two children, Kristine and Kimberley.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.