Saginaw man fatally shoots self during NRA 500

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FORT WORTH -- A 42-year-old Saginaw man fatally shot himself late Saturday after arguing with other race fans in the infield campground at Texas Motor Speedway, according to police and the Tarrant County medical examiner.

Kirk Franklin was pronounced dead at 10:48 p.m. of a gunshot in the head, according to the medical examiner's website. The cause of death was listed as suicide.

Franklin died near the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Fort Worth police spokeswoman Tracey Knight said.

Early reports indicated that alcohol could have been a factor, Knight said.

A TMS spokesman said the death occurred in the middle of the backstretch area in or around a pickup.

Saturday's race, the first of two Sprint Cup races at TMS, was sponsored by the National Rifle Association.

The speedway prohibits guests from bringing weapons, according to its website, which says all items brought through the gate areas are subject to inspection by security officials.

Speedway officials declined to provide further details Sunday.

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