Dick Trickle, 1941-2013

There are reports this afternoon of the death of former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle.

Retired NASCAR driver Dick Trickle competed in 303 races and garnered 36 top-ten finishes. Trickle died May 16, 2013, in Lincoln Co., N.C. (legendsofnascar.com photo)

Retired NASCAR driver Dick Trickle competed in 303 races and garnered 36 top-ten finishes. Trickle died May 16, 2013, in Lincoln Co., N.C. (legendsofnascar.com photo)

The Lincoln County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to CBS News that Trickle died today as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot.

During his 24-year NASCAR career, Trickle drove in 303 stock car races. He never took the checkered flag, but did finish in the top 10 on 36 occasions. Dick Trickle was 71 years old.

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