CONCORD, N.C. - Stock car driver Dick Trickle is dead in Lincoln County, North Carolina of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a release Trickle called them saying that they would find a dead body at the cemetery in Boger City, and that the body would be Trickle's.
Police responded, and found Trickle dead from an apparent suicide, lying beside his truck.
Though no official records exist, Trickle, originally from Wisconsin Rapids, is thought to have won more than 1000 races on the short tracks in Wisconsin.
Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 at age 48, but never won a Cup race. He won two Busch Series races.
In 1999, he told FOX 11 racing was his life, and he had loved the ride.
"I don't look at going to the race track as going to work, it is my hobby, and even though it is my career," said Trickle. "It's fun, I enjoy it."
Trickle was 71 years old.
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