Man fatally shoots himself at NRA 500 NASCAR race

Man fatally shoots himself at NRA 500 NASCAR race

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FORT WORTH, Texas - A man who died in the infield during the NRA 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head, a medical examiner said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw at the NRA 500 was a suicide.

Fort Worth police have said a man who was camping in the infield died of a "self-inflicted injury" after getting into an argument with other campers. The incident happened late in the Sprint Cup race.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight has said alcohol may have been a factor. Knight said several people witnessed the incident, but nobody was in danger.

Track spokesman Mike Zizzo says the death occurred "in or around a pickup truck" in part of the infield near the middle of the backstretch.

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