Lafferty Motorsports of Concord, NC is pleased to announce that Matt Poole of Pittsville, MD drove to a 12th place finish driving the Lafferty Motorsports Street Stock Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Street Stock Division, in Matt’s very first race on Saturday, July 21st, 2007. The race took place at one of racing’s most famous short tracks, Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. Lafferty Motorsports fields an entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the ARCA Remax Series, as well as Late Models and Street Stocks. Lafferty Motorsports is a subsidiary of Lafferty Engine Creations, a nationally recognized leader in combustion technology. LEC is known for being one of the best engine building companies in NASCAR.

Lafferty Motorsports, through the guidance of Chris Lafferty and his crew, is giving Matt Poole his introduction into racing through their Driver Development program. Matt Poole is “living his dream” of being a race car driver, with a unique approach to the opportunity. Matt is honoring the memory of loved ones lost. His mother, Peggy Poole passed away from a sudden heart attack in January, 2003. More recently, in May of 2005, one of his dearest friends, Tonya Schultz, was brutally murdered by her husband, who killed her in front of their two young children. After enduring these tragedies in his life, Matt began to actively pursue his dream of racing. He has dedicated any potential race winnings to be donated to the American Heart Association in his mother’s memory, and to the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Tonya’s memory. The donations will be made on behalf of Matt, and his car owner Chris Lafferty, and potential sponsors.

Matt began his testing back in February of this year, and has steadily progressed in his speeds and lap times.

“We didn’t set the world on fire, but the main goals were to finish the race, and finish with the car in one piece” Matt said after the race. “We were a little off the pace, but I was running against guys who have been doing this for years. Of course I was nervous at the beginning because I wanted to have a good first race, but all that went away after the green flag waved and we got through that first lap”

Car owner Chris Lafferty was also pleased with Matt’s first outing in his car. “I look at this as a milestone not only for Matt, but for Lafferty Motorsports as well” said Chris. “Matt worked hard for four and a half years to get to this point, and I was proud to be a part of it. Matt will only get better as we run races in the future. Now that we have that first race under our belts, we hope this will attract marketing partners and sponsors for future races”

The next step for Matt Poole and Lafferty Motorsports will be more testing in the off season, to improve Matt’s skills in preparation for the 2008 racing season. “It took me a long time to get to this point, and I am looking forward to the next race” said Matt. “I hope now we can bring sponsors on board that can be proudly promoted by myself and Lafferty Motorsports. Somewhere up there, I know Mom and Tonya are smiling”.

Potential sponsors are cordially invited to visit Matt Poole’s website,, or contact Matt Poole at (410) 251 – 2877. You may also visit the Lafferty Motorsports website, or call (704) 795 – 5375 for more information on how your company can go to Victory Lane with Matt Poole.

Way to go Matt! I am proud and smiling on you too!



  1. Nice story..stuff like that renews my faith in the human race which gets jilted now and then with what goes on in the world…Good Luck Matt

  2. You’re the man Uncle Matt! Congrats!

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