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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.

 

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  • Obamacare survives May 17, 3:02 p.m.

    Last month when I was in PA we went to a go cart track. My boss wanted us all to come up with "funny names" to use....I was Dick Trickle

  • Hammerhead May 17, 12:01 p.m.

    Terribly sad! I remember he always had a cup of coffee in his hand and kept a lighter on the... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/autoracing/trickle17-lr9vjbv-207768351.html

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Thanks, awesome article! I love the part about the water pump off a fan's car. Wonder what the... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    www.jsonline.com will have some stories about him I'm sure over the weekend.

  • KTs Still Winning May 17, 11:15 a.m.

    He was one of the nicest guys in old Nascar. He took a lot of ridicule because of his name...but... View More

    — Posted by Big Mike

    He's the one who chose to go by that instead of Rick, Richard, etc.

  • Hammerhead May 17, 9:13 a.m.

    Terribly sad! I remember he always had a cup of coffee in his hand and kept a lighter on the... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/autoracing/trickle17-lr9vjbv-207768351.html

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Thanks, awesome article! I love the part about the water pump off a fan's car. Wonder what the... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    I've never been an auto racing fan, but enjoyed motocross when they raced outside. Memorial Day will always remind me of my Dad, before the Indy was televised live, messing around with his car, burning a cigarette, drinking a PBR and listening intently to the Indy 500 on the radio.

  • kornfan2448 May 17, 8:49 a.m.

    Terribly sad! I remember he always had a cup of coffee in his hand and kept a lighter on the... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/autoracing/trickle17-lr9vjbv-207768351.html

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Thanks, awesome article! I love the part about the water pump off a fan's car. Wonder what the fine would be for that today...lol. Trickle always reminded me of the cool uncle that would sneak me beer when my Mom and Dad weren't looking. Guys like him built the sport and made it easy to relate to for the everyday Joe, something the sport has sadly lost.

  • Hammerhead May 17, 8:29 a.m.

    Terribly sad! I remember he always had a cup of coffee in his hand and kept a lighter on the... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/autoracing/trickle17-lr9vjbv-207768351.html

  • kornfan2448 May 17, 7:53 a.m.

    Terribly sad! I remember he always had a cup of coffee in his hand and kept a lighter on the dash of his car. To live that long and decide to end it just makes me wonder what he was facing to feel that was the best option. RIP Richard!

  • BattlingBishop 5 May 16, 10:37 p.m.

    RIP DT....hate to see this.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 16, 8:48 p.m.

    This is very sad. I wonder what was so bad that he felt he had to take his life.

  • The Greatest Ever May 16, 7:18 p.m.

    Wow so sad!

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