Dick Trickle dead from apparent suicide

Former NASCAR driver and Midwestern stock car racing legend Dick Trickle died at the age of 71 Thursday of what appeared to be a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Trickle’s body was found near his truck at a cemetery in Boger City, N.C. A note was found near the body.

According to a USA Today report, the Lincoln County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office received a call on Thursday, believed to be from Trickle, saying that “there would be a dead body, and it would be his.”

Survivors include his wife, Darlene, and three children.

Trickle competed in 303 NASCAR Winston (now-Sprint) Cup Series races and was the series Rookie of the Year in 1989. His racing resume includes two wins in the NASCAR Busch (now-Nationwide) Series. He was a stock car racing legend throughout the Midwest, with hundreds of wins to his credit. He is considered the winningest stock car racer of all-time in Midwest racing.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dick Trickle on his passing today,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said in a statement. “Dick was a legend in the short track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite. Personalities like Dick Trickle helped shape our sport. He will be missed.”

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