NASCAR legend Trickle dies of apparent suicide
Posted May 16, 2013
Legendary race car driver Richard “Dick” Trickle died Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
According to authorities, Trickle, 71, called the Lincoln County Communications Center and said that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Return calls to the number from the center went unanswered.
Trickle was found lying next to his pickup truck shortly after noon at the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City. Trickle has lived in Lincoln County for over 20 years.
Trickle was named the 1968 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year and went on to be named the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
In 24 years of racing in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, Trickle placed in the top-10 36 times, but never took the checkered flag. Between the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series’ he ran in over 460 races placing in the top-10 78 times.