In a career that spanned four decades, Dick Trickle left a lasting impression on the NASCAR community. He was a mentor, a competitor and, to anyone who ever met him, a friend.
In a statement released shortly after his passing, NASCAR CEO Briancalled Trickle "a true fan favorite."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dick Trickle on his passing today," France said. "Dick was a legend in the short-track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite. Personalities like Dick Trickle helped shape our sport. He will be missed."
Moments after the news broke that Trickle had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Twitter was flooded with remembrances of one of the more colorful figures in NASCAR history:
Sad to hear the news of the passing of Dick Trickle. He was one tough competitor! #RIPDickTrickle— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) May 16, 2013
Say it's not so. Sad news about a racing legend. Dick Trickle.— Mark Martin (@55MarkMartin) May 16, 2013
Such sad news... #DickTrickle— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) May 16, 2013
wow...I am , I don't know what, I just heard Dick Trickle died today...He was a good friend and mentor— ray evernham (@RayEvernham) May 16, 2013
Awful news: Dick Trickle is dead j.mp/19A9yUg No sports figure Dan + I had fun with took it more graciously. In fact, gratefully.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 16, 2013
The late Dick Trickle helped mainstream NASCAR coverage on @sportscenter We gave prominent attention to him, then his races, then ALL races— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 16, 2013
Dick Trickle taught me to be me, He taught me to Justify things my way and said "Kenny keep laughing loud cause that's who you are"— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) May 16, 2013
RIP Dick Trickle A true Racing legend.— Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) May 16, 2013
Shocked to hear about Dick Trickle. RIP— Martin Truex Jr. (@MartinTruexJr56) May 16, 2013