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Richmond International Raceway May 1, 2009

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Richmond International Speedway
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David Poole’s Space Reserved

I arrived with a heavy heart in the media center here at RIR and here in the deadline room there is a spot reserved for David Poole – noted motorsports journalist who passed away this past week. A sign reserving his spot and his photo sits where he would be covering this event….right in front of the news conference stage. It just seems not right. Yesterday’s funeral was very classy, short and sweet, and left many of us with our own private thoughts and aches at the loss of our comrade. It was not about slide shows and music and speeches and tributes, it was about scripture and listening to the minister and private soul searching. I have many thoughts deep inside about all of this and like the rest of us am dealing with it both on the air but also much of it alone inside. It’s sad because this media group needs to support each other into healthy living which is tough on the road and I wish we could have gotten David to get healthy. It’s really tough because David was such a presence….but this is a tight group and it seems already that in the rough and tumble world of the media corps, press room here at RIR it seems that the media group is just a little bit warmer, with hugs and support to each other this morning. It’s a competitive group but where it really counts we are family.

Here’s my broadcast schedule for this weekend:

“Dialed In” – Today Friday, May 1
from the end of Sprint Cup Series Qualifying to the start of the Lipton Tea 250 Nationwide Series race (Qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. EST)

“Dialed In” – Saturday, May 2
2:00 p.m. EST until the start of the Sirius NASCAR Radio Pre Race Show (Sprint Cup Series) at 3:45 p.m. EST. I’ll be anchoring pre race from the booth (Steve Post in garage) and in victory lane LIVE after the Sprint Cup Series Race on the post race shows.

I have gotten so many emails at ClaireBMail [at] ClaireBLang.com and it’s been such an insane week with the passing of David Poole that I have fallen behind answering…but am catching up and if you have not gotten a reply yet – I will definitely do that. I really appreciate your emails at the above address and will have more blogs from the media center this weekend. For now….I want to say thanks for your support and friendship. It’s been a tough week. I do know that David would have wanted us to move on to the racing as a way to get our minds off of the loss we all feel.

Claire B

PS – There are so many people grieving each in their own way. Some are not on the air public- editors, PR people, co-workers, track workers, officials. Some like Jim Utter from thatsracin.com worked with Poole for ten years..sat next to him, ate dinner with him, worked on story budgets and stories with him week after week, traveled with him and knows him better than anyone. He is holding up and putting on a brave front. We all had inside jokes….and our own private talks and things we teased Poole about and laughed with him about in the many hours we waited out rain delays that the next guy – could never know – could never understand or put into his own words. We will all deal with this in our own way….and we’ll get through it together in our own way. We need to support each other as much as we can right now.

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1. Alan Snyder - May 1, 2009

I absolutely love that NASCAR is saving the spot for DP, in the deadline room, for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR season! BIG Thumbs Up, NASCAR! Condolences and best wishes to you and the media core. Godspeed

2. Carol Dahlberg - May 1, 2009

I send my condolences to you and your colleagues on this difficult weekend. It is a wonderful tribute for his seat to be reserved by NASCAR. Your sadness is ours, Claire.

Jeff from MN - May 2, 2009

D Pizzle death was so so sad. I wish yall wouldnt have enabled him with his obesity. that is what killed him at such a young age. please some doo gooder promote how dangerous obesity is so we wont have tro suffer thru another tragic death from obesity for both men and girls. look at ther sizes of some of the top brass and car owners. they are ticking time bombs like D Pizzle. Please make his deatg as an awareness for the tragic results of morbid obesity.

3. HELEN - May 1, 2009

WHAT AN AWESOME GESTURE SAVING DAVID POOLE’S SEAT IN THE MEDIA ROOM!! I PRAY YOU AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS MAKE IT THROUGH THE WEEKEND WITHOUT TOO MUCH SADNESS!!
TAKE CARE CLAIRE B……HUGS!!

4. Jeff from MN - May 2, 2009

Kyle Bush will make that grinning cheating dirty driving earnheardt wish he wasnt born after a few more dual race weekend wins for Kyle. I was glad to see big E take after daddy and drive rough because either of the earnhardts cant pass using rubber only a grin and a body guard. Go smack em up Kyle.


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