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Brennan Cole Poole (born April 11, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 30 Toyota Tundra for On Point Motorsports.

Brennan Poole
Brennan Poole Road America 2017.jpg
Poole at Road America in 2017
BornBrennan Cole Poole
(1991-04-11) April 11, 1991 (age 28)
Folsom, California[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg)
AchievementsYoungest Dirt Modified pole winner ever (15)
Holds record for most UARA-Stars wins in a season (6 in 2010)
2011 UARA-Stars Champion
2012 ARCA Racing Series Hoosier Speedway Challenge Winner
Tied with Andrew Ranger for most consecutive seasons with a win in the ARCA Racing Series (2011–2014)
Awards2009 UARA-Stars Rookie of the Year
2009–2010 UARA-Stars Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
83 races run over 3 years
2017 position6th
Best finish6th (2017)
First race2015 Boyd Gaming 300 (Las Vegas)
Last race2017 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 37 1
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
13 races run over 3 years
Truck no., teamNo. 30 (On Point Motorsports)
2018 position49th
Best finish49th (2018)
First race2015 Rhino Linings 350 (Las Vegas)
Last race2019 Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
Statistics current as of July 11, 2019.

Contents

Racing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Poole's racing interests began at the age of five, when his father purchased him a Quarter Midget car. He turned his first laps at Capital Speedway in California, where Jeff Gordon also began his racing career. Poole began his competitive career in 1999 running Quarter Midgets, winning 98 races and the 2002 National Championship before having to move to The Woodlands, TX. He would proceed to win 96 events in Legend Cars and seven Texas World Dirt Track wins. In 2007 at the age of 17 Poole moved from his hometown of The Woodlands, TX to Charlotte, NC to race in local Pro Late Model races for Poole’s friend Jamie Yelton with his Fat Head Racing team before moving up to the UARA-Stars Late Model Series with Fat Head Racing where in 2009 he would secure the ROTY title with an 8th place points finish and one win, he would return to the team in 2010 in dominating fashion winning 5 of the 16 races and earning a 2nd place points finish. He would return for one final season in 2011 before moving up to the ARCA Racing Series with Venturini Motorsports in which he would score 4 wins and the championship at Rockingham.[2][3][4][5][6]

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

Although he was set to make his debut filling in for Max Gresham in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2010 at Michigan, Poole made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series at Salem Speedway in 2011, driving the No. 55 Chevrolet for Venturini Motorsports, in which Poole would lead 31 laps and win in his debut.[2] Poole ran three more races that year in Venturini's 25 car, scoring a pole and a top five finish at Pocono Raceway. Poole ran the full 2012 schedule for Venturini in the 25 car, earning 15 top tens, three poles, and back-to-back wins at Elko Speedway and Pocono Raceway while going onto finish 3rd in points.[7][8] Despite the success, Poole ran part-time schedules over the next two years for Venturini.[9] In his first race back Poole scored the win at Michigan after tangling with Justin Boston with 12 laps to go. Later in the season, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, Poole won in a controversial finish. He won after Kelly Kovski, A. J. Fike, and Spencer Gallagher jumped a late restart. Poole won despite crossing the finish line second. He went onto score four total top fives in five 2013 races. In 2014, Poole returned at Pocono Raceway in which he led 31 out of 50 laps. He returned again for the next six races as a substitute for the injured John Wes Townley; Poole scored four top fives and a victory at Kentucky Speedway in his final ARCA start in the No. 15.[8][10] Poole signed a contract with Team BCR Racing to run 10 races in the 2015 season to drive the No. 45 Ford Fusion for the team, replacing Grant Enfinger. The BCR deal eventually fell through when Poole signed on with Chip Ganassi Racing. Poole returned to Venturini as a relief driver at Pocono Raceway in 2018, relieving Natalie Decker, who was recovering from surgery.

In 35 career ARCA starts, Poole won six races and finished in the top five in over half the events he drove in.[7][8][11]

During his ARCA career, Poole worked several odd jobs within auto racing between starts, including serving as a spotter, driver coach, and working in shop for Venturini Motorsports and serving as a cameraman for Dartfish racing analysis videos.[1][9][12]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

 
Poole's No. 48 at Road America in 2017

In 2013, Poole tested in an Xfinity Series car for Toyota Racing Development at Bristol Motor Speedway in a private test although nothing ever arose from the opportunity.

In 2015, Poole was signed to drive in the Xfinity Series for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi, with the operation being run out of Ganassi's NASCAR shop. Poole shared the No. 42 ride with Ganassi Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and Justin Marks. In between starts he also traveled to Sprint Cup races as an observer with Ganassi's other Cup driver, Jamie McMurray.[1][13] Poole finished a strong 9th in his debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading the team to expand his schedule to 17 total events. He scored two top tens and ten top-15s during the season.[14][15]

For 2016, Poole moved into a new No. 48 car for Ganassi full-time with sponsorship from DC Solar for the full season.[14][15] At Talladega in April, Poole earned a third-place finish following a crash by leader Joey Logano in the tri-oval on the last lap. Poole had crossed the finish line in first, but was not leading when the caution flag was thrown; Elliott Sadler was declared the winner upon review.[16] At Iowa in July, Poole finished fourth. He also secured back-to-back top fives at Road America and Darlington in late summer. Those were his last top fives of the season. Poole was eliminated from Round 1 of the Xfinity Series Chase, but rebounded at Kansas, finishing seventh after he and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Kyle Larson started from the rear of the field. Poole finished eighth in points, scoring 17 top tens and four top fives.

He returned to CGR's No. 48 for 2017. At the July Daytona race, Poole won his first Xfinity Series pole position. A strong effort was almost hampered by contact with Ty Dillon, but Poole slavaged a sixth-place result from the effort. His first top-five finish came at Iowa Speedway during summer. At Kentucky in September, he finished a career best second, behind teammate Tyler Reddick. Poole then finished fifth in the next two races, with teammate Alex Bowman winning at Charlotte. He was the only Playoff driver to have top fives in the first three races of the Playoffs, but his championship hopes came to an end after crashing early at Phoenix after Caesar Bacarella came down the racetrack on lap 23. Poole finished sixth at Homestead, finishing sixth in points.

On May 4, 2018 Poole tested with GMS Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Although speculation emerged that Poole would eventually drive for GMS, nothing arose from the opportunity.

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

In 2015 Poole made his Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet for GMS Racing, where he qualified 15th and finished 11th.[17]

On November 1, 2018 it was announced Poole would return to the series for a one off race with NextGen Motorsports in the No. 35 Toyota Tundra. He finished 8th in stage 2 but ended up getting a uncontrolled tire penalty and was forced to the back but ended up finishing in 15th place in NextGen Motorsports’s 1st race with the No. 35 truck. However the finish was encumbered due to the team violating rule 20.3.4 in the NASCAR rule book.

On November 2, 2018 Poole announced he would return with NextGen Motorsports in the No. 35 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the trucks series season finale. He would go onto finish 19th after a strong run throughout the day and night.

On January 28, 2019 Poole announced he would run for a championship while also running for Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series piloting the No. 30 for On Point Motorsports. At Daytona he would qualify 26th and finish 24th after being involved in The Big One while running 9th. For Atlanta and Las Vegas he received sponsorship from conservative website keepandbear.com which stirred up a bit of controversy, however he would have strong finishes finishing 13th and 20th respectively. At Martinsville he would receive sponsorship from Bad Boy Mowers once again where he would qualify 28th and finish 29th after a plug wire failure in numerous Ilmor Engines that day. For Texas he went unsponsored till raceday when Bad Boy Mowers once again stepped in, he would qualify 13th and finish 9th, his first ever top ten in the Truck Series.

ControversiesEdit

On May 17, 2015, Poole was parked by NASCAR during the Xfinty Series race at Iowa Speedway after intentionally turning J. J. Yeley into the outside wall after Yeley turned Poole into the wall earlier.

On June 18, 2018, it was announced that Poole would sue Chip Ganassi Racing, and agency Spire Sports + Entertainment for breach of contract, alleging that CGR and Spire conspired to take away DC Solar's sponsorship from Poole and move it to the No. 42 CGR Cup Series team and that Spire's involvement representing both driver and team constituted a conflict of interest.[18][19] Ganassi and Spire both released statements through attorneys denying the claims, with CGR's statement saying the sponsorship of Poole ended "because he never won a race despite the advantages of the best equipment in the garage."[20][21] Poole, Spire, and Chip Ganassi later settled the dispute, in the aftermath of DC Solar's bankruptcy raid, but terms were not released.

On July 11, 2019 Poole got into a fight with fellow competitor Ben Rhodes after Rhodes took himself and Poole out with around 50 to go.

Personal lifeEdit

Raised outside of Houston, Texas,[3] Poole was born in Folsom, California, living there until the age of seven.[1] He is known for his surfer-like appearance and persona including his long hair. Poole earned the nickname "The Bull" early in his career, after charging from the rear of the field to earn several victories.[1][2][5][6][9]

Poole's father owns a Midas Car Care Center in their hometown of The Woodlands, Texas. Poole graduated from Woodlands Christian Academy a year early in 2008, at the age of 17.[6]

Poole maintains a presence on the video game-streaming service Twitch.tv, and has a dormant YouTube channel.

Poole is an avid fan of the late rapper Mac Miller and in his free time makes songs and raps.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2015 HScott Motorsports 42 Chevy DAY ATL LVS
9
PHO
26
CAL TEX
13
BRI
11
RCH
13
TAL
28
IOW
38
CLT DOV
12
MCH CHI
17
DAY
36
KEN
12
NHA
10
IND IOW
14
GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH
11
CHI KEN
32
DOV CLT
21
KAN
13
TEX PHO HOM 23rd 433 [22]
2016 Chip Ganassi Racing 48 DAY
27
ATL
14
LVS
11
PHO
10
CAL
13
TEX
19
BRI
13
RCH
10
TAL
3
DOV
10
CLT
9
POC
12
MCH
11
IOW
8
DAY
26
KEN
9
NHA
6
IND
11
IOW
4
GLN
10
MOH
10
BRI
28
ROA
3
DAR
5
RCH
10
CHI
21
KEN
10
DOV
15
CLT
18
KAN
7
TEX
8
PHO
11
HOM
27
8th 2192 [23]
2017 DAY
26
ATL
11
LVS
16
PHO
8
CAL
8
TEX
37
BRI
8
RCH
22
TAL
24
CLT
8
DOV
12
POC
15
MCH
11
IOW
27
DAY
7
KEN
21
NHA
10
IND
7
IOW
4
GLN
17
MOH
8
BRI
6
ROA
31
DAR
6
RCH
10
CHI
11
KEN
2
DOV
5
CLT
5
KAN
12
TEX
7
PHO
38
HOM
6
6th 2223 [24]

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2015 GMS Racing 21 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS
11
TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 96th 01 [25]
2018 NextGen Motorsports 35 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX
15
PHO HOM
19
49th 43 [26]
2019 On Point Motorsports 30 Toyota DAY
24
ATL
13
LVS
20
MAR
29
TEX
9
DOV
23
KAN CLT
2
TEX
7
IOW
11
GTW CHI KEN
15
POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM -* -* [27]

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts Ref
2011 Venturini Motorsports 55 Chevy DAY TAL SLM
1
TOL NJE CHI 28th 780 [28]
25 Toyota POC
5
MCH WIN BLN
Chevy IOW
14
IRP POC ISF MAD DSF SLM KAN TOL
16
2012 DAY
7
SLM
3
TAL
8
TOL
22
ELK
1*
WIN
2*
IOW
28
IRP
4
BLN
9
ISF
22
SLM
8
DSF
C
3rd 4735 [29]
Toyota MOB
7
POC
1*
MCH
11*
NJE
6
CHI
2
POC
2*
MAD
10
KAN
4
2013 15 DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH
1
ROA DSF
1*
IOW SLM KEN KAN 26th 1065 [30]
55 Chevy WIN
3
CHI NJE POC BLN
15 ISF
4
55 Toyota MAD
9
2014 15 DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL NJE POC
QL
MCH ELK WIN CHI IRP BLN
3
SLM
6
KEN
1
KAN 24th 1290 [31]
66 POC
4*
MAD
22
55 ISF
5
DSF
6
2015 Team BCR Racing 45 Chevy DAY
Wth
MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN KAN 139th 25 [32]
2018 Venturini Motorsports 25 Toyota DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL CLT POC
QL
MCH MAD GTW CHI IOW ELK POC ISF BLN DSF IRP SLM KAN 105th 25 [33]
– Qualified for John Wes Townley. – Qualified for Natalie Decker and also relieved her in the race.

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

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