Concord, N.C. (April 29, 2009) - The following are statements from Roush Fenway Racing drivers and management on the passing of motor-sports writer David Poole:
David Ragan, driver No. 6 UPS Ford
“David Poole was one of my toughest critics for a year or so when I was first starting out. Through that we became real good friends and I hate to hear that he's gone. He definitely had a passion for his work and was a really good guy and a good friend. He'll be missed."
Greg Biffle, driver No. 16 3M Ford
"David Poole was one of those reporters who you knew would always shoot you straight. He had a passion for our sport that gave him a unique perspective and it came through in his reporting. He will certainly be missed in the garage for a long time to come."
Matt Kenseth, driver No. 17 DEWALT Ford
“David was a very fair and honest reporter. He had refreshing honesty, and would speak his mind. He didn't care if everyone liked it or not, and never got wrapped up in the politics. You always knew where you stood with David and I will miss having him around.”
Carl Edwards, driver No. 99 Aflac Ford
“David is a straight-up guy. If I picked up a paper and there was a David Poole article in it, I would read it. His opinions and analysis were always fair and educated no matter what happened. I personally feel like he’s one of the best at delivering our sport (NASCAR) to the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I’ll miss having him around.”
Geoff Smith, president, Roush Fenway Racing
“David was a great contributor to the knowledge base of the NASCAR fan and greatly influenced the sport. He will be missed.”
Jack Roush, owner, Roush Fenway Racing
"I was saddened to hear of the passing of David Poole. His candor and insight into NASCAR was refreshing and at the same time, established him as a leader in the media. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. He will be greatly missed."
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.