Medical examiner says man shot self at NASCAR race

Medical examiner says man shot self at NASCAR race

Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for Texs Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 9:55 AM

FORT WORTH (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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