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Dick Trickle, NASCAR Legend, Dead at 71

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May 16, 2013 | 6:57pm EDT

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Dick Trickle, the NASCAR legend and veritable short-track racing savant, died Thursday in North Carolina following a self-inflincted gunshot wound. He was 71 years old. 

According to the sheriff's department of Lincoln County, N.C., the Communications Center received a call from someone they believe to have been Trickle on Thursday afternoon, claiming that "there would be a dead body and it would be his." His body was found on the grounds of the Forest Lawn Cemetary upon arrival. At the family's request, no additional information will be released at this time.

Trickle was a native of Wisconsin but had lived in the NASCAR-centric state of North Carolina since the 1990s. He is often cited as the winningest short-track driver in the history of stock-car racing — with a stunning 1,000 victories, even winning 67 of those races in 1972 alone. He was rookie of the year in the 1989 NASCAR premier series and finagled a bevy of top-five and top-10 finishes.

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