NASCAR Journalist David Poole Passes Away

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IApril 28, 2009

David Poole, a NASCAR journalist for The Charlotte Observer and has passed away.

Poole had returned home from the most recent Sprint Cup race in Talladega, Ala and was at home with his family when he suffered a heart attack.

Poole was rushed to a hospital in Stanly County but was pronounced dead. 

Poole was a writer for the Charlotte Observer for 13 years, blogged on, and hosted a NASCAR Sirius Satellite radio show called The Morning Drive.

He was well-known and deeply respected in the NASCAR field as well as a four-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's George Cunningham Award honoring the organization's writer of the year.

He also authored a few books about NASCAR.

A Charlotte Observer Editor said that David Poole was the best in his field.

Mr. Poole, you will always be remembered for your great work and take no prisoners attitude. You said what you meant and got your opinion heard whether others agreed with you or not.

You said what others needed to hear.

I greatly appreciate the time you took to read one of my articles and to respond back with guidance and advice. I only hope to one day reach the status and respect that you have gained.

Thank you for your hard work and the memories. Rest in peace.

David Poole was 50 years old.