Journalist David Poole Passes Away

Remembering David Poole

Noted Charlotte Observer motorsports columnist and reporter as well as Sirius NASCAR Radio personality David Poole died of a heart attack Tuesday as the age of 50.

Poole was one of the leading voices of NASCAR reporting and had been the lead reporter and columnist for The Observer for 13 years.

Poole 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 also the co-host along with Mike Bagley of the popular The Morning Drive program on Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128.

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

All of us here at RacingOne pass their heartfelt condolences to David's family, friends and colleagues.

Please visit the Guest Book the Charlotte Observer has set up to leave your condolences, and share memories.

The family of David Poole will receive friends Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at McLean Funeral Home, 700 South New Hope Road, Gastonia, N.C.

Services are Thursday at 1 p.m. at Parkwood Baptist Church, 1827 Dixon Road, Gastonia.

David's family asks that, in lieu of flowers, you consider two causes that hit home with him – Pennies for Wessa and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Pennies for Wessa raises money for Wessa Miller, the girl who in 1998, when she was 6, gave Dale Earnhardt a lucky penny the day before the Daytona 500. Earnhardt glued the penny inside his No. 3 Chevrolet and, on his 20th try, finally won NASCAR's biggest race.

David wrote about Wessa on the 10th anniversary of that race. Because that story made people want to help the Millers deal with the costs that come with treating Wessa's spina bifida and related medical conditions, David helped create Pennies for Wessa.

To contribute, you can visit the website, or send a memoriam to Pennies For Wessa, Attention: Mike Damron, Community Trust Bank, P.O. Box 39, Mouthcard, Ky. 41548.

Victory Junction is a camp, built in memory of Adam Petty, son of NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, to enrich the lives of seriously ill children and those with chronic medical conditions.

To contribute to the camp, you can visit the website or send a memorium to Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, N.C., 27317.

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