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NRA 500 Suicide: Man Shoots Himself To Death At NASCAR Race

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Drivers take run the main straight during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series NRA 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Drivers take run the main straight during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series NRA 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

By Brendan O'Brien

April 14 (Reuters) - A Texas man used a gun to commit suicide in the infield of a National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth late on Saturday, local authorities said.

Kirk Franklin, 42, of nearby Saginaw died after shooting himself at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday during the NRA 500 Sprint Cup race, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Franklin was involved in a verbal altercation with other race spectators before the incident, said Daniel Segura, a Fort Worth Police Department spokesman.

Franklin's body was found in the back seat of a truck, according to an online police report. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Edith Honan and Eric Walsh)

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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