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David PooleLongtime Writer David Poole Passes Away. would like to extend its condolences to the family of motorsports journalist David Poole. The 50-year-old writer passed away Tuesday at his home in Stanfield, N.C. as a result of a heart attack.

One of the most prominent voices in the NASCAR media, David Poole lived and breathed racing. Born in Gastonia, N.C. Poole covered NASCAR for the Charlotte Observer for thirteen seasons and served as the host on “The Morning Drive” weekday mornings on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio. A student of the sport, Poole did everything he could to learn all he could about the history of NASCAR. The four-time winner of the NMPA George Cunningham Award – which recognizes the organization’s writer of the year – Poole had a presence in the media center unlike anyone.

While this writer is fairly new to the close-knit world of the NASCAR media, David Poole was always someone I have looked up to. From my early days in New Jersey, I would somehow get my hands on Poole’s commentaries, insights and race reviews to get the inside scoop.

When I first got the chance to do what I do today, I found myself in a media center unsure of what to do, where to go or what to say. Sitting only a few chairs to my left, David Poole served as one of the leading examples of what a true motorsports journalist is supposed to be.

His unique voice and incredible style will be greatly missed, but perhaps much more will be his presence amongst his peers.

"The NASCAR community is stunned and saddened by the loss of David Poole," Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO 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."

Cheryl Carpenter, Observer Managing Editor offered these words, “David’s expertise and character have become part of racing’s story.”

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

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