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Drag racer Bruce Sarver commits suicide

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Bruce Sarver, a former NHRA Top Fuel
and Funny Car driver, committed suicide on Thursday, the Kern
County coroner said.

The 43-year-old Sarver died of a gunshot wound, coroner Jim
Malouf said Friday.

Sarver, a two-time winner in the NHRA's Funny Car class, turned
professional in 1996 and finished in the top 10 in the Funny Car
standings twice during his five-year career. He was 10th in Top
Fuel points in 1998. He raced in Top Fuel events from 1996-98, then
took a year off from racing before resuming in the Funny Car class
in 2000.

Sarver began his racing career at age 12, and won 176 major
karting events between 1975-94. He raced at Mesa Marin from 1985-94
in the Pro Stock Division.

Sarver is survived by a 15-year-old son, Cole.