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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