Sad news out of the racing world as former NASCAR star Dick Trickle has reportedly committed suicide with a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Trickle had a 24 year stint in NASCAR racing and was a pretty popular guy in the paddock. Trickle married his wife Darlene in 1961, and was well known throughout the racing world.


Initial reports say that Trickle shot himself near his truck and called police before it happened.

Lincolnton, NC – Retired race car driver Richard “Dick” Trickle, 71, died today from an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound.

The incident occurred at 12:02 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City.

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.


Trickle was 71 years old. Our condolences to the Trickle family in this very difficult time.