Charlotte Observer NASCAR Reporter David Poole Dies At 50 (Photo)


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David Poole, the NASCAR’s   motorsports columnist for the Charlotte Observer, died Tuesday of a heart attack at 50. Read more on David Poole’s life and death below.

Charlotte Observer NASCAR reporter, David Poole, had a heart attack in his Stanfield home. Poole’s daughter called 911 and he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Poole was in his 13th season covering NASCAR for the Observer. David Poole covered this past weekend race at Talladega saying:

“Is racing at Talladega out of control?” he wrote. “I say it is, and Carl Edwards’ crash Sunday into the catch-fence in the tri-oval of the 2.66-mile track merely reinforced that opinion.

“Does somebody have to die before we’ve decided we don’t have control?”

David Poole was a four-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association’s writer of the year.

In addition Poole was the host of “The Morning Drive”, a weekly show on Sirius NASCAR Radio.

“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.”

Driver Jimmie Johnson added in a statement, “I am shocked and saddened to hear the news that our sport has lost David Poole. My thoughts go out to his family. He was someone who loved our sport and wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion. That’s what made him one of the most respected members of our media. I know I worked twice as hard to make sure I earned his respect. I am proud of what he has done for our sport and I know he will be truly missed by everyone in NASCAR.”

David Poole is   survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, and one grandson. Our condolences to his family.

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