Ex-NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound
According to authorities, fomer NASCAR driver Dick Trickle is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
The Associated Press reported:
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle on Thursday saying that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered. The sheriff says Trickle’s body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.
Kenny Wallace posted the following on his Twitter page:
Dick Trickle taught me to be me, He taught me to Justify things my way and said “Kenny keep laughing loud cause that’s who you are”
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) May 16, 2013
According to the Sporting News:
Trickle, who is reported to have more than 1,200 feature wins to his credit on short track throughout the Midwest, began competing in NASCAR’s Cup series full time in 1989 and ran the majority of races from 1989-1998. The 1989 Cup rookie of the year, Trickle had 15 top-10 finishes and finished third five times.
More Tweets About the Death of Dick Trickle:
Awful news: Dick Trickle is dead j.mp/19A9yUg No sports figure Dan + I had fun with took it more graciously. In fact, gratefully.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 16, 2013
— Doug Herbert (@DougHerbert) May 16, 2013
The racing world lost a true legend today. #DickTrickle
— Erik Jones (@erik_jones) May 16, 2013
Thanks for the memories. I jumped so high I hit my head on a ceiling fan when he won the Milwaukee mile many years ago.
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) May 16, 2013
Dick Trickle was a friend, a mentor & one of the best drivers ever. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I will miss him tremendously.
— Rusty Wallace (@RustyWallace) May 16, 2013
Just want to say its a sad day. Dick trickle is a legend. RIP.
— David Stremme (@DavidStremme) May 16, 2013
Sad to hear of Dick Trickle. At some point we were all short trackers. He was the best. #RIPDickTrickle
— Joey Logano (@joeylogano) May 16, 2013
Such sad news… #DickTrickle
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) May 16, 2013