Seeing your peers move up to bigger and better things because they have money and you don’t is one of the worst things. It happens in life all the time, not just in auto racing. Brennan Poole is one example of this. Poole is a proven winner in the ARCA Series and is still looking for a ride, several weeks after the stock car racing season has begun.
Poole has been looking to seal up in NASCAR for quite some time now. In the meantime, Ryan Reed, who drove on the same team as Poole last season, locked up a part-time gig with Roush-Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series because he has a sponsor. Though Reed is arguably one of the best young drivers in the sport, he didn’t put up numbers even close to the ones that Poole put up last year.
Winning three races in 23 starts along with 17 top-10′s and four poles isn’t easy in any type of Motorsports. Yet, even in his first seasons in big league stock car racing, Poole was able to prove that he’s capable of running with top drivers from across the globe. Even with the amount of success he had in 2012 with Venturini Motorsports, Poole still hasn’t found a team nor sponsor for his talents.
Poole stated that he’s close to making his decision and preferably wants to be in NASCAR, but would accept a ride in the ARCA Series if he can’t put together a deal in NASCAR. He would likely be a good fit for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or Nationwide Series mainly because he proved to be a quick learner in the ARCA Series.
Remember the words that Richard Petty told Michael Waltrip, well here’s the shorter version of it: move up to the highest level you can before you get stuck doing the same thing beating the same guys at the lower level. That’s exactly what Poole needs to do. He isn’t the only one. There’s plenty of guys like him. Just look at James Buescher, he won his first NASCAR championship last year, but he’s still stuck in the Camping World Truck Series while Nelson Piquet Jr. moved up to the Nationwide Series because he has a full-time sponsor. It seems unfair, but at the end of the day, it’s just the business of NASCAR.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR and reached via e-mail at Joseph.Wolkin@gmail.com