JR Motorsports statements on David Poole

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Tuesday, April 28, 2009) - Reaction to the loss of David Poole, longtime NASCAR beat writer for the Charlotte Observer and radio personality for SIRIUS Satellite Radio: DALE EARNHARDT JR., Team Owner of JR Motorsports; Driver...

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Tuesday, April 28, 2009) - Reaction to the loss of David Poole, longtime NASCAR beat writer for the Charlotte Observer and radio personality for SIRIUS Satellite Radio:

DALE EARNHARDT JR., Team Owner of JR Motorsports; Driver of the No. 88 Chevrolets at Hendrick Motorsports

"David Poole was as much a fixture in this sport as the actual cars themselves. As someone fortunate enough to make a living doing what I love, I am indebted to David for the exposure he generated for our sport for 13 years, and the direct connection he had with the NASCAR fan base. He was a one-of-a-kind individual and an extremely talented writer. Our condolences go out to David's family and friends. He will be missed."

KELLEY EARNHARDT, Vice President and General Manager

"This is an extremely sad loss. David Poole was a dear friend, not only to his colleagues in the media but to myself personally and the entire Earnhardt family. We could count on David for so many things, whether it be his coverage of our teams and business endeavors, or simply his unique ability to offer encouragement and support when it was needed most. My heart and prayers go out to David's family, especially to the joy of his life - his grandson Eli."

MIKE DAVIS, Director of Communications

"Certainly David's passion for racing and his ability to cover this sport with words and perspective will forever be his legacy, but my fondest memories of David will always be his unconditional desire to help those in need. Nobody had a bigger heart. He used his platform as a tool to positively influence those less fortunate, and that is the David Poole I will always remember. In the most sincere way, it was a pleasure to call David a friend."

-credit: jrm

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Teams Hendrick Motorsports , JR Motorsports
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