Man killed himself with gun at NRA 500 NASCAR race in Texas Saturday, coroner reports

National Rifle Association has not commented

FORT WORTH, Texas - The man who died in the infield during a National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head, the coroner said.

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 Saturday.

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

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

The National Rifle Association has not released a statement about the shooting.

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