Dick Trickle

It’s a sad day for NASCAR fans and the family of racing legend Richard “Dick” Trickle.

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call informing them they’d soon find the dead body of the 71-year-old “White Knight.”

Upon investigation, authorities found Trickle dead from a gunshot wound outside his pickup truck at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, NC.

According to reports, authorities believe the phone call came from Trickle himself, and Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Johnson has stated they do not suspect foul play.

Trickle’s fellow race car drivers have taken to Twitter to speak out on the tragedy, expressing sadness and sorrow for his family.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France issued the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dick Trickle on his passing today. Dick was a legend in the short-track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite. Personalities like Dick Trickle helped shape our sport. He will be missed.

I will update this post as further details become available, and in the meantime, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Trickle family.

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