Trickle Family Mourns

CONCORD, N.C. - An obituary for Dick Trickle states that he suffered from chronic pain “for some time’’ before he died of a self-inflicted gunshot Thursday.

The obituary, released through Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton, N.C., stated that Trickle had seen many doctors but none could find the source of his pain.

Dick Trickle’s brother told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his brother suffered from chest pain.

“He was very down,’’ Chuck Trickle told the paper. “He more or less said he didn’t know how much longer he could take the pain.’’

Dick Trickle apparently called the Lincoln County Communications Center Thursday and said that “there would be a dead body and it would be his,’’ according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. A return call from the communications center was not answered.

Emergency units located Trickle’s body lying near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C.

He was 71.

“It’s a shock to me,’’ Chuck Trickle told the Review-Journal. “It’s real hard to think about. He was my brother, my friend and my hero in that order.’’

The obituary stated: “His family, as well as all those who knew him, find his death very hard to accept and though we will hurt from losing him for some time, he’s no longer suffering and we take comfort knowing he’s with his very special angel.

“Dick’s passion in life was his racing. Many thought when he retired he would continue as a car owner, but he was a driver at heart; he wanted to be behind the wheel and be in control of his destiny. We believe he felt himself no longer able to be behind that wheel of life or be the man he only knew how to be because of the pain and suffering.’’

His death was a shock for many in NASCAR. Trickle, who was from Wisconsin, was among the most successful short-track racers in the country. He also drove in 303 Cup races and was the 1989 rookie of the year. For all that he did on the track, many remember for what he was like off it.

“He had a unique way of looking at things, he had a ton of common sense and he was real smart and always had a real funny way of putting things,’’ said Matt Kenseth, a Wisconsin native. “I’m still in shock.’’

Mark Martin, who was mentored by Trickle early in his career, called Trickle a “really, really good dude.

“I’m confused and broken-hearted about what happened.’’

Travis Kvapil, also from Wisconsin, had a decal honoring Trickle placed on his car. Also, there will be a moment of silence before Friday’s Camping World Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in honor of Trickle.

Dick Trickle is survived by his wife Darlene Trickle, three children Victoria Bowman, Tod Trickle and Chad Trickle and three grandchildren. His oldest grandchild, Nicole Bowman, died in a car accident nearly 12 years ago.

The family will have a private service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Memory of Dick to: Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317.

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