David Poole who covered motorsports for the Charlotte Observer passed away today from a heart attack. David was not only a reporter but an out-spoken fan of NASCAR. Unlike others who never want to speak up, David also wrote and spoke what he believed. If he felt there had to be critisism of NASCAR, a driver or a team he would tell it the way it was. It was often his comments that created the debates and discussion that did bring about change. He also with 13 years of covering NASCAR and his broadcasts of “The Morning Drive” on Sirius NASCAR Radio identified with fans of the sport as a fan himself. David won the National Motorsports Press Association’s writer of the year four times.
There are many including myself who received the Charlotte Observer even when not a Charlotte resident in order to read David’s coverage and opinion. Dale Earnhardt, jr. said “David Poole was as much a fixture in this sport as the actual cars themselves.” Often many drivers and team members would open up to him more than other reporters. It was the honesty yet fairness and the genuine person that he was.
David’s family requests that instead of flowers, people consider his two causes. Pennies for Wessa is a charity for Wessa Miller. Wessa was the six year old girl who gave Dale Earnhardt a lucky penny the day before the Daytona 500 in 1998. Earnhardt glued the penny inside his car and finally won NASCAR’s biggest race. Wessa suffers from spina bifida and other medical conditions. You can send a memorium to Pennies For Wessa, Attention: Mike Damron, Community Trust Bank, P.O. Box 39, Mouthcard, Ky. 41548
David also supported
Victory Junction 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.