The Loss of a Treasure
I bid you welcome gentle readers, and as always, that includes our assigned reader of all things NASCAR on this cold day in the hills of North Georgia. It’s Wednesday morning as I take to the keyboard. That’s a late start for me, but in truth, my heart just isn’t in it today and it won’t improve tomorrow, so let’s get this one done and over.
On Monday of this week, the racing world lost a great treasure. I can find no better word than “treasure” for the Jayski.com site we’ve been privileged to enjoy for over 22 years. To Jay Adamczyk, Scott Page and Amanda Brooks, I send my sincere gratitude for all you did for the fans of auto racing for so many years. It was a pleasure working with you for all those years. Even when I was new to the Internet, I somehow was chosen as the liaison between a small site I had joined… at the recommendation of Jay… and Jay himself, who hadn’t been around a whole lot longer than I had. Of course, in reality neither had the Internet.
Then ESPN, once known as the “World Leader in Motor Sports”, took another step toward purging itself of all things automotive. At the end of 2017, they let go folks such as Allen Bestwick and Dr. Jerry Punch along with many others. Under the ax so far this year were Bob Pockrass and Ricky Craven, both of whom have been asked to join Fox Sports. We’re talking some heavy-hitting media personnel right there, but nothing is going to hurt the race fans like the loss of the Jayski site. It has been literally the Bible of auto racing, a place where the fans felt comfortable reading news and all manner of data surrounding the world of NASCAR. For sure, it has been the go-to site for much of the info you read on these pages.
One page stood out in particular for almost every race fan on the continent and even through Europe and South America… that being the Article Links Page. The site collected links from anyone that cared to send them, then selected what they felt were the best of the bunch and ran them for our convenience. After pouting for a day, it occurred to me that I have a website, and I know a multitude of the sites that were linked in recent times, so…
I have added to Race Fans Forever a familiar looking page called “.” It is right now a work in progress, as I know there are more that deserve to be there. Two more were added just this morning. I have no way of duplicating what Jay had, as no one is about to send links to a small site such as ours, but I have a comprehensive and growing list of site links for your convenience and reading pleasure. Please avail yourself of those links, and please don’t forget that we are a writing site. Check out our pages and articles. I’ve managed to attract a great group of folks willing to write for what I can pay, which is nothing. They all donate their time and talent for you, the race fans.
As indicated on the page, if you know of any more good racing sites that aren’t already there, please drop me a note and I’ll add it to the list.
One more tiny tidbit… it strikes your scribe as far too coincidental to be ignored that NASCAR unveiled their new website and the Jayski site was then abandoned by ESPN. Go and pay a visit to the NASCAR site. Look vaguely familiar? I thought so too!
Sorry gang, but that’s all I have for today. Daytona will be here in a short while and racing will resume… but a real part of our racing experience died on Monday, and it makes me very sad.
Let’s go right to a Classic Country Closeout! This is a Grand Ole Opry show from 1967. Probably not a true classic, but it’s got some good music within and I need some good music right now. Please enjoy!
Be well gentle readers, and remember to keep smiling. It looks so good on you!