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Journalist David Poole Dies At 50

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, April 28 2009

David Poole on the beat.

David Poole on the beat.


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.”

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, April 28 2009


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  • Jessica Summers says:

    David was truly a joy to listen to and my mornings will never be the same. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the sport. He also appreciated other writers who put as much heart into it as he did, that’s how I found out about your site when he mentioned it on the air. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Harry C. Risher says:

    I always appreciated David’s opinion on Nascar racing. He was one of the few independent minded writers on the controversial world of stock car racing. David was not intimidated by the “Bosses in the Box” who run the “Show”,and would tell it like it was,not always like Nascar spin masters wanted. Since most of the media are Nascar lap dogs spewing nearly identical dogma,David’s perspectives were often a refreshing breath of fresh air to help the fans see the other side of the issue. Then they could make up their minds with more ideas,opinions, and facts. That’s why David Poole will sadly missed in the world or Nascar racing. To David Poole’s family and many friends–Our prayers go out to you. David will never be replaced by anyone with more talent,knowledge,respect,and dedication. Real fans will greatly miss his independent opinions on racing.

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  • Lisa says:

    I am really going to miss David’s reporting and writing. Even when I didn’t agree with him, I could appreciate the thoughtful effort behind his arguments. NASCAR won’t be quite the same without him, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.