AUTHORITIES IN North Carolina said former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of an apparent selfinflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a call yesterday believed to be from Trickle, saying that "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.
The sheriff said Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Police said foul play was not suspected.
Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 but never won a Cup race. He won two Busch Series races.
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