Journalist David Poole Dies At 50
David Poole, whom is considered by his peers as the top motor sports writer in America, died Tuesday.
Poole, who worked for the Charlotte Observer, was 50.
Poole had just returned from last week’s race at Talladega, Ala. He was at his Stanfield home when the heart attack occurred. His daughter called 911. Emergency crews rushed him to the hospital in Stanly County, where he was pronounced dead.
Poole, a Gastonia native, became the Observer’s NASCAR writer 13 years ago. He hosted “The Morning Drive” show weekday mornings on Sirius NASCAR Radio.
He was a four-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association’s George Cunningham Award as the organization’s writer of the year. “He was the best in his field, there’s no doubt about that,” Observer editor Rick Thames said this afternoon in announcing Poole’s death to a hushed newsroom.
Poole’s final column ran the day he died.
“The NASCAR community is stunned and saddened by the loss of David Poole,” NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said in a statement. “David was as passionate about NASCAR as anyone and had very definitive opinions about the sport. He served the industry, and most importantly the fans, through his reporting and commentary in the Charlotte Observer and Sirius Satellite Radio. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family and friends. He will be missed.”5 Comments