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 Post subject: David Poole Dies at 50
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:51 am 

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David Poole Dies at 50

Longtime NASCAR writer David Poole passed away on Tuesday, the victim of a heart attack at his Gastonia, NC home.  He was only 50 years of age.

Poole had been on the staff at the Charlotte Observer for the previous 13 years as their head NASCAR reporter, replacing Tom Higgins on the NASCAR beat back in 1997.  In addition, Poole was recently the host of “The Morning Drive,” a morning radio show on SIRIUS. A winner of numerous journalistic awards, he was a four-time honoree by the National Motorsports Press Association as their writer of the year.

Charlotte Observer editor Rick Thames said in a statement about Poole, “He
was the best in his field, there’s no doubt about that.”

As word spread, tributes to the fallen writer came in from all areas of the NASCAR community -- even the CEO. “The NASCAR community is stunned and saddened by the loss of David Poole," said Brian France of his passing. "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.”

A number of track officials across the country also chimed in to express their condolences. Jerry Gappens, General Manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, noted that “David had the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of legendary motorsports journalist Tom Higgins. His success came from bringing his own style, direction, unique vision and perspective to his coverage of motorsports."

"David always spoke his mind and wasn’t afraid to hold people accountable. He was always fair and made us better at what we did. We will miss David’s spirit, generosity, principles, and friendship. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Karen, and his entire family.”

No word yet on funeral arrangements for Poole. A special four-hour tribute to the writer will air on the "Morning Drive" from 7 to 11 AM EST on SIRIUS.

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