Richard “Dick” Trickle killed himself on Thursday. The former NASCAR racer called the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., and told him they would be having another dead body on their grounds. He was found minutes later, lying next to his truck, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71 years old.
When he ended his career in 2002, he ran in 303 races in 24 years, much of it in the Sprint Cup series. Trickle was a fan favorite in NASCAR, often smoking cigarettes while he raced and won the NASCAR “Rookie of the Year” award in the Winston Cup in 1989, when he was 48 years old.
Trickle had more than 150 starts in the Nationwide series, the last in 2001, where he won twice.
The police did find a suicide note, but have not disclosed what it said.
Trickle was a Lincoln County resident and had lived there since the early 1990’s.
The Guardian Express