Medical examiner says man shot self at NASCAR race

Medical examiner says man shot self at NASCAR race

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 13: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 Gander Mountain Toyota, leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for Texs Motor Speedway)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A medical examiner says a man who died in the infield during a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head. 

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office on Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw 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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