CONCORD, N.C. – Story by Associate Editor Kyle Magda for Race Chaser Online — Photo courtesy Brennan Poole —
Brennan Poole has done it all at Venturini Motorsports to contribute to his success.
Whether it’s being behind the wheel, to being a driver coach or even serving as a spotter, the Texas native has seen all aspects of the track.
Poole stepped into a pinch-hitting role for John Wes Townley last month in the ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway and took the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota to victory lane.
“It was just really cool and an awesome night,” Poole said of the Kentucky victory. “I can’t thank Zaxby’s enough for all the support they’ve done this year with Venturini Motorsports.
He also has won an ARCA last in each of the last four seasons, with the last three wins coming in the No. 15 car. Poole then turned into a driver coach for the K&N East race at Dover and driver Anderson Bowen. It was a long day for Bowen, who crashed out of the event and came home in 26th.
The roller coaster ride didn’t stop there for Poole. The Venturini man of many hats spotted for Justin Boston in the ARCA season finale at Kansas last Friday. Poole talked about being on top of the spotter’s stand as he does in select races for the team.
“As a spotter, I just try to give them the best information that I can,” he said. “Try to tell them things I may see or something they may be able to do better. Being on top of the track, I can just see everything. Being able to see that has taught me a lot personally as a driver.”
In his time at Venturini, drivers such as Boston, Townley and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Erik Jones have all gone through the ARCA program there. Poole has had some influence on all of them to get where they are today.
“Being a coach, I get to see a lot of different things and a lot of areas where drivers have to work on and I see a lot of strengths that drivers had,” Poole said. “Being able to see those, I think had helped me since I’m looking at it so much.”
With seeing it all at the team, he credits all of the roles helping him further his progression as a driver.
“I’ve been able to gain so much knowledge about how the race car works, that I’m able to actually have conversations with my crew chief and make decisions together on what I’m feeling in the race car,” he added. “I’m starting to learn how everything works together and how to make the race car fast. That, I really feel like it has made me as a driver go to another level.”
Poole hasn’t competed full-time in a racing series since ARCA in 2012, but always tries to be in the race car.
“I don’t know. We work on it every single day and I’m trying to stay in the race car as much as I can. Fortunately, I’ve been surrounded with a lot of great people and a great race and a lot of people who have believed in me.”
And while he doesn’t know exactly where he’s going next — Poole can rest assured that for those who have continued to climb through the Venturini ladder system, he too is one of those great people that has believed in others, even with his continuing march behind the wheel.