Lincolnton, NC -- NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to the Lincoln County (N.C.) Sheriff.
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.
Trickle, 71, competed in 303 Sprint Cup races over a 24-year career. He never won a race on NASCAR's biggest circuit but had 36 top-10 finishes.
Lincoln County Sheriff
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