Matt Poole Lafferty Motorsports test notes

LAFFERTY MOTORSPORTS TO TEST MATT POOLE Lafferty Motorsports, owned by Chris Lafferty of Concord, is proud to announce that Matt Poole has successfully completed his first test with our organization. Lafferty Motorsports fields an entry in ...

LAFFERTY MOTORSPORTS TO TEST MATT POOLE

Lafferty Motorsports, owned by Chris Lafferty of Concord, is proud to announce that Matt Poole has successfully completed his first test with our organization. Lafferty Motorsports fields an entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series as well as the ARCA Remax series. Lafferty Motorsports is a subsidiary of Lafferty Engine Creations a nationally recognized leader in combustion technology. LEC is known for being one of the best engine building companies in NASCAR.

Lafferty Motorsports, through the guidance of Chris Lafferty and his crew is giving Matt Poole his introduction into racing through their Driver Development program. Matt Poole is "living his dream" of being a race car driver, with a unique approach to the opportunity. Matt is honoring the memory of loved ones lost. His mother, Peggy Poole passed away from a sudden heart attack in January, 2003. More recently, in May of 2005, one of his dearest friends, Tonya Schultz, was brutally murdered by her husband, who killed her in front of their two young children. After enduring these tragedies in his life, Matt began to actively pursue his dream of racing. He has dedicated any potential race winnings to be donated to the American Heart Association in his mother's memory, and to the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Tonya's memory. The donations will be made on behalf of Matt, and his car owner Chris Lafferty, and potential sponsors.

"These tragic events are what have given me my drive and determination" said Matt. "I always told Mom as a kid that I wanted to be a race car driver, but I went different directions in life and never got the opportunity until now. I wanted to honor their memories, and not let them be forgotten, so I decided to actively pursue my dream and do something to help others. I had a lot against me, with experience being the biggest barrier to face, but I was not going to give up on my dream. I can't thank Chris Lafferty enough for giving me this opportunity."

After several sessions with a driving school, Matt's desire and drive to race was at an all time high. After coming across Matt's website Chris Lafferty expressed an interest in helping Matt achieve his goals. On February 3, 2007, Matt traveled to Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC for his first test in Lafferty's NASCAR Craftsman Truck. Lafferty was impressed with Matt's first test session.

"Our development program is very rigorous, most people really do not understand what it takes to be a NASCAR driver." Chris added, " I would like to see Matt achieve his goals and dreams, he is an honest hard working guy." Later Chris added that he was very impressed with the way Matt listened on and off the race track. Chris Further added that while Matt was accepted into the driver development program he would soon be in jeopardy of not meeting the criteria for becoming a full fledged development driver if he was not able to continue to come to North Carolina for testing. We are pleading with sponsors to help Matt with the costs of coming to North Carolina for testing.

"My only concern, I obviously have a lot of preparation to do in my future, but I feel in time and with the leadership of Lafferty's organization, we will be able to proudly promote a sponsor. I will not be happy until I raise that trophy and look up to the sky and say "Mom and Tonya, this is for you--I did it" That will be the culmination of my racing dream coming true"

-credit: lm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chris Lafferty