1:51 PM PT — Law enforcement sources tell our sources … Trickle did leave a suicide note at the death scene. The contents of the note are unclear at this time.
Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle is dead … apparently having taken his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71 years old.
Cops in North Carolina say Trickle shot himself at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincoln County at 12:02 PM today.
Officials say they received a phone call before the shooting in which the caller told cops there would be a dead body at the cemetery and it would be his.
Operators scrambled, trying to place a return call, but there was no answer.
When emergency responders arrived, they found Trickle”s body.
Trickle was a fan favorite in NASCAR — often smoking cigarettes while he raced — even won the NASCAR “Rookie of the Year” award in the Winston Cup in 1989, when he was 48 years old.