Lincolnton, NC -- Retired NASCAR driver Richard "Dick" Trickle died Thursday afternoon from an apparent suicide, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Operators at the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call, apparently from Trickle, around noon, saying "there would be a dead body and it would be" his.
The operator tried to place a return call to the number, but no one answered.
Authorities arrived at the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 where they found Trickle dead from an apparent gunshot wound, according to the sheriff's office.
First responders found Trickle's body lying near his pickup truck.
Trickle was a Lincoln County resident and had lived there since the early 1990's.
He was 71-years-old.
Lincoln County Sheriff