You couldn’t script this kind of thing any better (and no I’m not saying that what happened at Texas Motor Speedway today was in anyway justified, or good). What I am saying is that, in one of the most ironic twists one could possibly imagine, a man died today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound during the latter stages of a race that was sponsored by a group (the NRA) that has had massive amounts of criticism heaped upon them for their extreme views on gun control.
The Associated Press has more:
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — 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 on Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw 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.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight has said alcohol may have been a factor. Knight said several people witnessed the incident, 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.