Man Shoots Himself at NRA's NASCAR Race

Alcohol may have been involved
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2013 7:20 AM CDT
Man Shoots Himself at NRA's NASCAR Race
A front view of Texas Motor Speedway during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series NRA 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday April 12, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

This probably wasn't the kind of visibility the NRA was looking for when it decided to directly sponsor its first NASCAR event. A 42-year-old racing fan shot himself in the head at the NRA 500 Saturday night in Texas, the New York Post reports. Kirk Franklin was in a pickup truck in the infield where he was viewing the race with friends when he pulled the trigger around 10:30pm. Police say alcohol may have been involved, and there had been an argument within his group. The area was quickly cordoned off; a number of people witnessed the incident, but no one was harmed. (Read more NASCAR stories.)

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