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Death at NRA 500 ruled a suicide

Death at NRA 500 labeled suicide

FORT WORTH, Texas – 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 Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw, Texas, was a suicide.

Fort Worth police had said a man who was camping in the infield died of a “self-inflicted injury” after getting into an argument with other campers. The suicide 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 suicide, 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.

Driver wins his first truck series race

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Kyle Larson picked up his first NASCAR national series win by holding off Joey Logano on the final restart of the Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway.

Logano was closing in on Larson when a collision between Timothy Peters and Ryan Sieg brought out the caution with two laps remaining.

Logano had fresher tires and Larson was thought to be a sitting duck for the green-white-checkered restart. Instead, Logano misjudged Larson’s start and Larson drove away to the win after leading 187 laps.

– Associated Press

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