CHARLOTTE,NC. — Retired NASCAR driver Richard “Dick” Trickle died today from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
According to WBTV the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that “there would be a dead body and it would be his “. Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.
The first emergency units arriving on the scene located the body lying near the victim’s pickup truck.
Lt. Tim Johnson, who heads the Lincoln County detective department, said at the family’s request no additional information would be released at this time.
Trickle was a Lincoln County resident and had lived there since the early 1990’s.
His only victory in NASCAR’s premier series was a non-points victory in the 1990 Winston Open, the preliminary to the All-Star race.
Trickle was named the 1989 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. Trickle won twice in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and was nicknamed the “White Knight” as referenced by his sponsored SuperAmerica paint scheme, when he raced in Wisconsin.