RIP: Legendary NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dead at 71

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Retired 71-year old NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has apparently died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot would.

The Sheriff's dispatch for Lincoln County, North Carolina received a call from a person they believe was Trickle stating "there would be a dead body and it would be his". It is believed Trickle then shot himself on the grounds of the Forest Lawn Cemetery where his body was soon found by authorities laying next to his own pickup truck.

Trickle claimed 15 top-five finishes in Sprint Cup racing and won two Nationwide Series races before his retirement in 2002. By the time he turned 50 he had already won over 1,200 stock car competitions in 33+ years of racing.

In a public statement NASCAR CEO Brian France remembered Trickle as "a legend in the short-track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite."