Denton, NC -- Danny "Chocolate" Myers talked to WFMY News 2 about the death of his longtime friend, Dick Trickle.
No one could predict this for one of racing's most accomplished drivers. On Thursday, we learned former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle committed suicide.
Trickle was the winningest short track driver in history. In 1989 and at 48-years-old, Trickle won Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
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On Thursday, paramedics found him lying next to his truck in a cemetery in Lincoln County, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Chocolate Myers said that Trickle loved life, was tough as nails, and did things his way.
"I remember the guy that smoked a cigarette in the race car back in the day," said Myers "I remember the guy that didn't mind having a cold beer in his hand at the end of the day. The main thing I remember about him, he was just a tough tough old school race car driver."
Myers showed WFMY News 2 pictures and shared memories of Trickle. He said that Trickle was the prankster of the garage. He told jokes and made everybody laugh.
Myers added, "I got a lot of memories of Dick Trickle, and they're all good memories. Dick Trickle was the toughest guy that I think I ever met. He did it his way, he raced hard, he played hard."
Trickle's body was found at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincoln County. He called 911 to warn them that they would find a dead body. He was 71 years old.
WFMY News 2