Jayski....from the book, "Stock-Car Racing Lives" by Richard Sowers(see below)
my favoriate rock and roll band!
Past stuff about Jayski
Time Magazine (from 2011):
Jayski.com - one the 50 Best Websites of 2011 by Harry McCracken
Stockton College [NJ]:
Alumni Spotlight: Jay Adamczyk (Jayski), '97 by Sara Faurot Crowley
Do not really like being on TV or in the spotlight, just like doing the site which even thou is owned by ESPN, they have given most of the control of content and do not censor anything done. In early 2017 the website was redesigned to have a cleaner look and make it easier to find news and stats without so many links and get rid of the hated (by many readers) yellow and black paint scheme. So far so good, hits reamin around the same and after the initial backlash of change, most folks seem to like it.
Been married since July 21, 2007.......found a nice/hot lady, Peg, who I knew way back in 1983. We went to Hops (now closed) back in Dec 2004, shortly there after she became my girlfriend and on Dec 28, 2006, I proposed at the Biltmore Inn in Asheville, NC and she said yes. We got married in July 2007. Peg is a former Charotte area school teacher who has no interest in NASCAR and nothing to do with a team or the sport. This works well for me. But on the other hand, she is super about understanding my work demands and the crazy hours I sometime keep to do this site. She had two great kids, Drew and Jenny who I get along with well. Plus their pets Scout, Meica and Bugs. Drew graduated UNCG in 2013, has a great job in the Raleigh, NC area and married to a great gal, Taylor. Jen works at Harris Teeter has a nice little condo and has a good boyfriend Anthony we really like.
Why did Jayski start this page/site? a little history
Back in August of 1996 [August 26, 1996], I heard that Lake Speed was losing the Spam sponsorship (see two images #9 Univ of Nebraska Ford - Image 1 and Image 2) and would be sponsored by the University of Nebraska. I searched and searched and could not find a thing about it on the Internet. I had this home page and an Ernie Irvan page, so I started posting this and other information I found on a Silly Season page. The posts and news kept growing and was getting to difficult to do on one page, so did a Winston Cup team chart for 1997 and the news kept coming and was finding stuff/ In 1996 there were very few NASCAR related sites and the Jayski Silly Season site became more then one page. As time went by, I started accumulating very good sources and was able to generate news I could not find elsewhere and pool other info from other Internet sites, racing magazines and newspapers, TV shows and the race coverage. The website address was very long and my local Internet at the time was slow and unresponsive to problems. I remember when I hit 100 visitors/page views on one day, I thought that was amazing (The site as a whole now does over 550,000 page views a day and 90,000 daily uniques during the season and around 800,000 people a month - as of Dec 2006). I finally decided I needed to change the website address and held a one month vote where www.jayski.com was the overwhelming choice. I hooked up with Xobyte in Tennessee where the page was kept until Feb 3rd, 1998 where it was moved to NetSource with a faster connection and server with much more bandwidth. To defray costs of maintaining the server, the additional bandwidth and updates to my system and IP, we put up 4-8 banners with paid advertising. In 2000, I signed with Digest Company, Racing Champions/Ertl. With their help the Jayski site has gotten bigger and better in 2000 but they decided the partnership was not working out for them and didn't renew. But I had a few interested companies in partnering up with me, and narrowed it to two and after weeks some tough thinking, I decided on Knight Ridder/Thatracin as I felt the partnership would allow the site to grow and be seen by more people and have been with them since Jan. 2001. In 2004, Knight Ridder and I decided to part ways. I had a few good offers from companies, one being ESPN. Being a sports guy, this seems like a perfect match for me and the site and I signed with them. The site has been hosted at ESPN.com since Dec 31, 2004 after Thatracin dropped the site 12 hours early, but ESPN picked up the slack immediately. In 2007, ESPN is televising all the Nationwide Series races and the final 17 Sprint Cup Series, which should allow Jayski.com to grow even more and reach more NASCAR Fans if ESPN promotes the site. I still control the content and site design 100% as of 2017 and plan to continue to keep going..
With the site as a full time job since 2000, over 5000+ pages are maintained and allowed more and new exciting information on NASCAR Cup Series to be posted and more updates. Plus Scott and Amanda handle the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series sites and Scott handles a lot of Cup stuff when I need a break.
Jayski.com is sometimes asked to start NHRA, IndyCar, ARCA, F1 and other series site. Sorry, but no plans to do that as we concentrate on the three NASCAR National Series.
Scott  and Amanda  were hired to do the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series sites, handle some of the other pages like Driver Appearances, TV Listings and contests and allow Jayski to concentrate on the Cup Series. Scott also is trained in the Jayski.com way and does a lot of the NASCAR Cup Series pages and news when Jayski takes a break, vacation or has to run errands. In 2012 we decided to scrap our owns points and results pages and use PDF's directly from NASCAR (with permission) as they are more accurate and allow for faster post and folks can print them. One of the biggest sections has been and still is the Paint Scheme sections, which is posts of the different paint schemes teams/drivers race throughout the season [going back to 1997]. Never got into posting driver images, helmets, headshots or crash images.
My full time job since Dec 3, 1999 is actually the Jayski.com Website.
Some recomendations of businesses I have used in the past:
Outdoor Life, Inc., owned by Bill Botkin (704) 201-5196
Some Services: Brick & Concrete Pavers, Landscape Lighting, Tree Pruning & Removal, Outdoor Living Areas, Decorative Concrete,
Irrigation, Drainage Remediation, Water Features, Brick & Stone Masonry, Concrete Flat Work & Curb, Retaining Walls
We had 22 dump truck loads of dirt installed and graded, steps to the backyard area, fencing installed, drainage setup, walkway, firepit and lighting.
Locksmith:Ted’s Locksmith in the Matthews / Charlotte area, (704) 882-7854, did a great job on recommending locks and installing new and better locks
Landscaping / Lawn Maintenance in Mooresvile / Hunterville / Charlotte - Shawn Hovey at (704) 234-2949 or (704) 361-0907
Real Estate: Kirk Hanson of C K Select Real Estate, sold my Mooresville House, was on top of things, communicated well and had offers within a few weeks, looking for a Realtor in the Charlotte area? check Kirk out at KirkHanson.com.
Electrical: Reuben Santillanes of Rasco Electric at (980)-297-5691 or (704) 292-3401, took me years to find a decent electrican who would show up or call back, Reuben is reasonable and professional, great work
Abroscapes Tree and Landscape Specialists in Charlotte/Matthews area: (704) 525- 7148, great work and resonable prices
K9 Cabins for you dog kennel needs, Troutman, NC, 704-528-3517
K-9 Ranch for your dog kennel needs in the Matthews/Weddington, NC area
Vet in the Matthews, NC area, Joann of The Visiting Vet, comes right to the house, if local, 704-296-2875
for a more tradiational Veterinarian, try Plantation Animal Hospital in Matthews, NC, 704-841-2225
and if in the Atlanta area and need some garage organization, check out Greg at: garagegeek.com
Find out more about Jayski, even a picture, in the book "Stock-Car Racing Lives" by Richard Sowers and published by David Bull Publishing(1-800-831-1758). JAYSKI, is a chapter in the book, along with NASCAR owners, drivers and other interesting people. Talks about how I started this site and why, many quotes and even a picture of Jayski.
was featured on a weekly phone interview with ESPN Sports Center from 2005-2007, when I gave it up as it took too much time from the site:
have done three national NASCAR interviews:
way back on Oct 23, 2003, a camera crew came to my then residence in southern NJ for a live interview for Speed Channel's Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain. I was on air for about 20 minutes and dressed up a Jayski Crew Shirt with all my advertor's logos, a good on something Dave said a week before about someone in a suit and tie, that is was good not to see al lthe logs, so I had fun with it and it went very well.
Jayski.com and its somewhat mysterious man behind the monitor Jay was featured on Fox’s Totally NASCAR on Oct. 3, 2002 with Sean Pagrano
And back in June 1998, I appeared on TNN's NASCAR show with Ned Jarrett, Stephanie Burner and Steve Waid, I was interviewed via tape in NJ by Randy Pemberton, for about a five minute piece, it was very cool and my first real exposure.
My last 'real' job found me as a programmer/database analyst in New Jersey at the FAA Technical Center [1993-1999]. I worked with Microsoft Access, PowerBuilder, some Oracle, Windows NT 4.0, supporting a third party software-Travel Manager, working on the Internet/Intranet and Networking/Internet. My technical skills are pretty much eroded. My job before that, I programmed in Visual Basic and did a lot of database work in MS Access. Other jobs include: Craps Dealer, Slot Attendant(casinos), graphic artist, printer, technical recruiter, USAF, Aircraft Mechanic and McDonald's.
I was in the US Air Force from 1982-1986 and was stationed mostly at Dover AFB, DE.
I was a C5-A Crew Chief and General Aircraft Mechanic, also worked in Supply and on the Aircraft Inspection Docks(ISO).
I still maintain friendships with some former Air Force buddies(Joe H, Ed, John B, John W, Jim and Dan) and try to visit/call/email them as often as possible.
I love animals and my pets
I am down to one cat since Reba passed away on 4/26/2012
My boy Angus is my only remaining pet, he is a 14 year old black cat with Kidney Disease.
And since I got married in July 2007, we have three cats with Meica and Scout
Angus is named after...of course...Angus Young of the great AC/DC!
Reba was my sister's cat and she moved and couldn't have her at the new place
Guss passed on in Feb 2004 and my folks really miss her and they lost their outside cat, Dexter in August 2008.
Smokey was my Grandma's cat, I took care of him from July 2001 until he passed August 27, 2008, he was 15
Barnee showed up on the porch in Nov 1994 and he was mine and moved with me from NJ to Mooresville then to my new place in 2007 until he passed away at 15 years old on Dec 12, 2007.
My boy Sammy passed away two days before Dale Earnhardt in Feb. 2001, that was a tough weekend.
The Angus Cat
He was the last addition to the Jayski Zoo, my sister found him in NJ on the side of the road in Aug 2004
He is a trip, has a wild tail, and loves to eat, and chase my wife's cat Meica, who hates him
Reba the cat
This is Reba, or 'rat girl' as i call her, her meow sounded like a rat, lol
Had some bad news on Aug 15, 2009 when she suffered a stroke
but she recovered quite well, walking all over, eating like a champ, purring, being herself
Really thought she was gone when the stroke happened but she lasted another 2 1/2 years before
passing away on April 26, 2012 at 18 years old.
She pretty much lived in my office the last 2 1/2 years and slept at my feet while I worked.
This was my dog Sandy, got her on 1-29-2001 when her owners couldn't handle her anymore, she was was born 10/29/1998
She loved to fetch and play with the ball and 'help' when I exercised in the basement/bar area.
Sandy passed away on 12/16/2010 at the age of 12.
Smokey was the mellowest cat on earth, he passed on Aug 27, 2008 after 15 years
Smokey squeezing all 19lbs of himself in a beer box
Barnee walked himself, drank from the birdbath (yum, bird poop) and zonked out
Barnee just showed up one night in Dec 1994 and never left, not a mean bone in his body
Was the funniest, goofiest dog ever, just loved everyone
Sadly Barnee passed away in his sleep on 12-12-2007 after 15 happy years
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Cape May CH
States I have visited (32 of 50):
Alabama, Arkansas*, Arizona, California*, Colorado*, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida*, Georgia*, Hawaii*, Indiana*, Illinois*, Kentucky*,
Louisiana*, Maryland*, Michigan*, Minnesota*, Mississippi*, Missouri*,
Nevada*, New Jersey*, New York*, North Carolina*, Ohio*,
Pennsylvania*, South Carolina*, Tennesee*, Texas, Vermont,
Virginia*, West Virginia*, Wiscosin*.
Territories I have visited:
Cayman Islands (England),
Puerto Rico (U.S.),
St. John (U.S. Virgin Island),
St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Island),
Turks and Caicos (England)
Countries I have visited (18):
I collect Department 56 North Pole Villages, I have over 50 houses and 35 accessories. Gave up trying to keep up with the new stuff, some of it looks junky and Dept 56 is putting out too many items each year to keep up [$$$] But it looks great at Christmas! After not putting them up since Christmas 2002, have a permanent spot for them in my house since Dec 2007, and it looks awesome.
I also collect Franklin Mint Corvettes, 1/24th scale, and have 28 of them, the following years:
Some of my North Pole Dept 56 Village set up at Christmas 2001
You Might Be A Redneck If...
My favorite beverage with Diet Cola.
As for beer, I tend to like sweet or dark beers. Guiness Draught is my favorite the last few years.
I used collect all kinds of Jack Daniel's stuff but too much out there now to keep up with!
I have also been a Tennessee Squire since August 10, 1983.
I enjoy Rock 'N' Roll Music and tend to swing toward the hard rock, classic rock or blues rock side. Favorites include (no order): Collective Soul, Cracker, Wallflowers, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Joel, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, The Cars, Billy Squier, Bruce Springsteen, Kix, Aldo Nova, The Offspring, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood among may others.
The above images are: AC/DC (my ultimate favorite), Stevie Ray Vaughan, KISS and Judas Priest.
Jason Statham, one of my fave actors
The movie Gettysburg opened my eyes to a little known Lt. Col. in the Union Army I had never heard of before; Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Jeff Daniels did an exceptional job portraying this Civil War hero and Chamberlain has now become one of my heroes. A recent trip to Gettysburg just enforced my worship. Chamberlain was immortalized by his critical role in the Battle of Gettysburg, where his courageous leadership of a handful of men on Little Round Top saved the day for the Union army. But unlike Lee, Jackson, and Hancock, he was no professional soldier. When the war broke out, he was Professor of Natural and Revealed Religion at Bowdoin College in Maine, and spoke five languages.
BORN on Date: January 1996
(my first ever webpage)