Ex-NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dead at 71

Ex-NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dead at 71

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CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 13: Dick Trickle (C) receives the Bobby Isaac Memorial Award from Humpy Wheeler(R), President and General Manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, prior to the NASCAR Busch Series Dollar General 300 on October 13, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carloina. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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by STEVE REED / The Associated Press

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 3:48 PM

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities in North Carolina say former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.

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. Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Johnson says foul play is not suspected.

Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 but never won a Cup race. He won two Busch Series races.

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