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RIP Dick Trickle

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, May 16, 2013.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Former NASCAR driver/punchline dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 71. ESPN the Magazine's Ryan McGee posted the police press release on his Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=610446588967560&id=116469968365227

     
  2. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Just saw that he died; hadn't seen it was suicide. All of my snark just vanished.
     
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Wow... Awful... RIP...
     
  4. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    Damn.
     
  5. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    Very sorry to hear this. Remember him from his days dominating in the Midwest in the 70s and then saw him in the NASCAR garage area in the 90s. He was a racer.

    RIP.
     
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Holy crap. RIP.
     
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Wonder if head trauma contributed to this.
     
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

  9. Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell

    Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell Active Member

  10. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Member

    The cemetery was where his granddaughter -- who died in an auto accident in 2001 at age 16 -- was buried ... according to former Charlotte Observer motorsports writer Tom Higgins, Dick never got over that ...
     
  11. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    My wife is devastated by this. He was he favorite racer by far.
    Her stepdad told me when he raced near her hometown, she would only watch for him. When his race was done, or he crashed, she proclaimed it was time to go home and would make a scene until they left the track.

    RIP Mr. Trickle.
     
  12. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    I don't remember what year this was, but it was after the rise of the motor coach parking lots at race tracks. Trickle wasn't high enough on the totem pole to get inside the gate at Bristol, so he was parked (with a few other drivers) on the edge of the media parking lot. After the race there were several of us who joined him drinking beer into the night after the race waiting for traffic to die down. Dick himself provided and cooked the burgers.
     
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