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Local racer remembers Dick Trickle


La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW)  Veteran stock car racer Dick Trickle has died of an apparent self-inflicted gun-shot wound.

The incident happened around 1pm Thursday afternoon according to the sheriff's department in Lincoln County, North Carolina where Trickle had lived.

Trickle was a legendary figure in short-track racing across the country and in La Crosse.

He was a frequent competitor at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.

Recently, they named a race in his honor for the Oktoberfest Races "The Dick Trickle 99."

The Wisconsin Rapids native made 303 NASCAR Winston Cup starts and was named the rookie of the year in 1989.

La Crosse native Frank Thornton, aka Don "Thunder" Turner, knew Trickle as a friend and a long-time competitor.

"He was the benchmark around here. If you could beat Dick Trickle then you were in the money. I'd have to say as a general rule, we didn't beat him. He beat us. But, he was very good at giving you a tip, then coming out and beating you. He was one of the few racers who built his own race car. He knew his car backswords and forwards. Therefore, I think it made him a better racer than most of us," Thornton said.

Dick Trickle was 71 years old.

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