Wis. Rapids Native, NASCAR Legend, Dick Trickle Dead at 71

Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 --- 4:11 p.m.

From our news partner, WSAW in Wausau:

Wisconsin Rapids native and NASCAR legend Dick Trickle was found dead Thursday in a North Carolina cemetery of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot would.

Trickle was 71-years-old.

According to WCNC-TV, first responders arrived at the scene, the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City, [North Carolina] to find Trickle's body lying near his pickup

Trickle was named Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's Winston Cup in 1989, now known as The Sprint Cup, when he was 48-years-old.

Trickle competed in 303 Sprint Cup races over a 24-year career. He never won a race on NASCAR's biggest circuit but had 36 top-10 finishes.

Trickle was also widely-known for having drilled a hole in his safety helmet and installing cigarette lighters in his racecars to allow for smoking while racing.

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