Former Nascar driver Richard “Dick” Trickle is dead after the 1989 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year apparently shot himself at a North Carolina cemetery. He was 71.
Trickle, who drove in nearly 500 Nascar races over his decade-long career, reportedly called the Lincoln County Communications Center in North Carolina to say “there would be a dead body” and it would be his, WSOC in Charlotte, N.C., reported. Trickle, a native of Wisconsin, lived in Lincoln County, N.C., since the 1990s. When the center tried calling back the number, there was no response.
The Nascar driver apparently shot himself around 12:02 p.m. Thursday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., county officials told WSOC. His body was found near his pick-up truck, according to Charlotte’s WBTV.
During his racing career, Trickle was known as the “White Knight” because of the paint scheme on his car when he raced for the United States Automobile Club in Wisconsin.