• Apr 30, 2009
We're saddened to report the passing of well-known and highly-respected motorsports writer and radio personality David Poole, who covered NASCAR for The Charlotte Observer for the last 13 years. Poole's career began in 1981 after earning a Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The NASCAR community is showing its respect for the late journalist in impressive fashion, and team owner Rick Hendrick plans to place Carolina blue decals on each of his four race cars for this weekend's race in honor of Poole's alma mater.

Poole, a four-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's writer of the year, was just 50 years old at the time of his death and is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, and one grandson. If you'd like to leave your condolences, The Charlotte Observer has created a page to do so here. Thanks for the tip, Rob.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      In during wave downvoting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It,s the American Stig.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's the elephant in the room though isn't it. You can't not notice, and wonder if it didn't contribute to his early death.

      My apologies to anyone who is grieving and says, 'notice what?'
      Kevin
      • 5 Years Ago
      I meant started noticing the weight after a year.
      Kevin
      • 5 Years Ago
      I lived on the road for 6 years and I am not huge by any means but I did gain 20 lbs. I only starting noticing the wait after a year.

      t is hard to eat healthy if that is all you are looking forward to you at the end of the day. I have to agree he might have been fighting inner demons as expressed in the above comments.

      But that is pretty classless to make fun of a guy after he has died. I think that is just cold.

      Signed,

      (out of work in IT)

      • 5 Years Ago
      edit: ON a daily basis
      • 5 Years Ago
      R.I.P no matter what, most likely he had some issues since so many people now turn to food to feel better. Shrinks are too expensive and drugs cost too much. Damn economy. Since he is described as "grumpy, opinionated, smart, suspicious, consistent, honest, fair, temperamental -– and dedicated" seems he made as many enemies as he did friends.

      It was a heart attack after i skimmed a few stories I found this:
      http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/David-Poole/85761422
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could we at least have a little respect for another human being? How about a little respect for his family in their time of grief? The callous arrogance and condescension that permeates this thread is appalling. It's quite obvious the man had health issues, self-induced or otherwise. That does not detract from the fact that he was a well respected and well liked individual. Lose the self-righteousness and show some respect for a fellow human being and his family.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am disgusted by the reply's on this board.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree MemphisNET, the morons are out in full force this morning.

        And for someone to justify making fun of the guy because of the obesity problem in the US is just as ignorant.

        Memo to Autoblog staff: you really need to monitor these comments more carefully and clean up some of this nonsense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ditto, making judgement calls on someone they never met. have no idea of the person's history.

        I'll grant that his obesity contributed to his health problems and ultimate death but slamming a guy while he is down is cold, ya'll.

        travelling on the road constantly makes for unhealthy eating in general.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @MemphisNET: You've read some of the diatribes people write in the comments on any number of blog postings. Surely you're not surprised that there are dweebs hiding behind a username, using someone's death to crack funnies.
      • 5 Years Ago


      David Poole was one of the best and most accurate motorsports writers in the world, and was never afraid to pull a punch when calling out NASCAR for its officiating bullshit and mis-steps. Much like it's hard to find truly unbiased political commentary, it will now be that much harder to find unbiased commentary on American motorsports.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, he apparently didn't live a healthy lifestyle, but it's inappropriate to comment about that now, especially in a flippant way. Rest in peace, David.

      I'm not a NASCAR fan by a long stretch, but my hat's off to them for honoring him in death, since he wasn't an out-and-out cheerleader for them. For example, his last column complained about the disaster-waiting-to-happen that is restrictor plate racing, at tracks like Talladega, and NASCAR's lack of attention to the problem.

      Read the article at the "its respect" link to see how big-hearted David was, helping the little girl with spina bifida, Wessa Miller, and all that he, and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr, did for her and her family.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are people so moronic and pathetic on here? Yeah, that's aimed at you ronEbear.

      My best friends dad died of a heart attack two years ago. He was 53, 6 feet tall and weighed about 170 pounds and ran 3 days a week and ate pretty healthy accorrding to my friend. Yet he died of a heart attack anyways because of an internal issue.

      The sweeping generalization that he dies from a heart attack because he is fat is stupid. It's like saying all black people will rob you, all CEO's are crooks, and ronEbear is a funny, well spoken guy.

      Bottom line is the people that came on this post who hate NASCAR just to make crappy remarks are really pathetic. Take a look in the mirror and if you can feel tough or proud to make fun of a dead guy you never met then I feel really sorry for and anyone who knows you.
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