Apr 13, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) talks to the media after winning the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Man Shoots Himself at NASCAR's NRA 500

There is some unfortunate news in NASCAR today after reports surfaced that a man shot himself in the head during the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. The Associated Press reported the tragedy that happened late in yesterday’s race. This probably isn’t what the NRA had in mind when they agreed to sponsor a NASCAR race.

From the Associated Press:

A medical examiner says a man who died in the infield during the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head.

The Tarrant County (Texas) medical examiner’s office on Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw, Texas, 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.

The NRA has not commented on the situation yet, but it probably wasn’t a good idea to have Kyle Busch shooting guns in to the air shortly after a man committed suicide in the infield. Then again, sensitivity has never been the NRA’s forte.  


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