Both the Lincoln County community and racing world lost a legend to suicide Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Richard “Dick” Trickle used a gun to kill himself just after 12 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, according to an agency press release.
The 71-year-old man first called the Communications Center, notifying the agency that a dead body would be soon be in the area.
He also noted that the body would be his, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Employees with the Communications Center attempted to call the man back after they heard the eerie words but said they failed to get a response.
First-responders located the former race car driver’s body lying near his pickup truck in the local cemetery.
The famous race car driver moved to Lincoln County during the 1990s.
Trickle, or the “White Knight” as some called him, participated in and won thousands of race car events over the years.
He even received the coveted NASCAR Rookie of the Year award in 1989, according to ESPN.com.