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Trickle is survived by his wife, Darlene, three children and three grandchildren.

Trickle didn’t move full time to NASCAR until 1989, when he was 47 years old. He made 303 career starts in the Cup Series, and although he never won a Cup race, he scored two wins in the second-tier series.

His death shocked 2003 NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth, a Wisconsin native who last spoke to Trickle last July after Kenseth won a Late Model race at Slinger Speedway.

“He kind of peeked in the trailer there afterwards _ of course he asked if we had any beer in there _ and man, we sat in there for two hours,” Kenseth said. “That was the last time I saw him. We talked for two hours and he always had a lot of _ he had a unique way of looking at things, he had a ton of common sense and he was really smart and always had a really funny way of putting things. Ninety percent of the stuff he told me through all the years I raced with him always proved to be right.

“I’m still in shock. I don’t really get it. I don’t really know what all went on there. That’s about it.”