Race car driver Richard “Dick” Trickle, died Thursday afternoon of a self inflicted gun shot wound, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
WISTV News reports that the Lincoln County Communications Center in North Carolina got a call just after 12 p.m. — apparently from Trickle — saying “there would be a dead body and it would be his.”
Trickle’s body was found near his pickup truck at the Forest Lawn Cemetary in Boger City.
Trickle retired from racing in 2002.
He was 71.