Police say Trickle dialed 911 to inform them he would be committing suicide and where they could find the body.
Here are the details of the death via a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office:
The incident occurred at 12:02 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City.
The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.
The first emergency units arriving on the scene located the body lying near the victim’s pickup truck.
Trickle was the 1989 Winston Cup rookie of the year. Though he never won a race in the Sprint Cup series, he recorded 36 top tens.
Trickle infamously used to smoke in his race car during periods of caution on the track. Here’s a video of him doing just that: