Dick Trickle, who died Thursday at age 71 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, is being remembered as one of the best short-track drivers to climb behind the wheel. Trickle, the 1989 rookie of the year in NASCAR's top tier, had only one race win at that level, the 1990 Winston Open, a preliminary to that year's all-star race. But on the short tracks of the Midwest, the Wisconsin native was a legend, earning about 1,000 wins during his career. He is being remembered as a throwback to NASCAR's early days and as a friendly, approachable driver who always made time for fans.
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