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 me 100% control of content and do not censor anything I do. In late July 2009, ESPN and I unleased a new and improved re-design of the Main and Sprint Cup News pages. Am thrilled with the response from readers with an 80% approval rating as of August 2009. Still a few complainers or stick in the mud types, but you can't please everyone.
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 commitments, lack of time on the weekends and the crazy hours I keep to do this site and not traveling much if any. She had two great kids, Drew and Jenny who I get along with well. Plus I get along well with her pets Scout, Meica and Bugs. Drew graduated UNCG in 2013 and got a nice job in the Raleigh, NC area and lives up there now. Jen works at Harris Teeter.
So what do I post? what interests ME [mainly the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series]! If others like it, cool, if not......oh well. Can't have everyone like me or the site. If folks don't like it, move on and go elsewhere, I really don't wanna hear about it. Some wonder why the site has changed a bit, not as many rumors, etc. Well.... can't post what ain't out there. I do not make stuff up just to have a rumor posted.
I don't just post whatever someone sends me, I need to have a history with the person telling me the news/rumor. There are a few 'idiots', who sends fake info on a few teams, some send fake info reworded via a few different email addresses, the rumors have never come to fruit so just because someone sends me a story link, a news item, an image....does not mean I will or have to post it. I may or may not...depending on if I think it is worthwhile, about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a good image and not some hoax, which I get 5-10 a week.
I won't say on the site 'EXCLUSIVE'...or....'AS HEARD HERE FIRST'.....or stuff like that, it is just self serving back slapping and whining for self credit. Do I work hard? sure I do, but don't most of us...at whatever you do? So you don't need to hear I work hard. I update the site 5-25 times a day or as warranted, to keep folks informed and up-to-date as possible. Will I miss things sometimes?.....sure will. Hey I have to sleep, eat, go to the dentist, doctor, shop, spend time with my wife and friends, walk the pooch, watch some TV or a movie. But 90% of the time I am home and prepared to update the site or have someone who works with me who can help.
With the site as a full time job since 2000, I now maintain the 4000+ pages on the site easier, find more and new exciting information on NASCAR Sprint Cup, plus have hired two friends to help with the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series sites.
Often I get asked to start NHRA, IRL, ARCA, ASA, WoO, F1, local or other series site. Sorry, but no plans to do that as I am and have been a Sprint [Nextel/Winston] Cup fan for 30+ years and started the site because that is my interest. Any other site would detract from the SPRINT CUP side and I won't allow that, as I enjoy and support SPRINT CUP. I have very little to no interest in going to dirt tracks or other races.
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 Sprint Cup Series. Scott also is trained in the Jayski.com way and helps Jayski with the Sprint Cup stuff when Jayski takes a break or has to run an errand. In 2005 I started posting my own results and points standings, but in 2012 went to posting results in PDF format as they are easier to post, allow for printing and are more accurate. One of the biggest sections is the Paint Scheme sections, which is posted images of the different paint schemes teams/drivers race throughout the season [going back to 1997]. I do not post driver images, headshots or crash images. Anyhow that is why I started it. Enjoy the site!
My full time job since Dec 3, 1999 is actually the Jayski.com Website. It keeps me busy and work around 10-18 hours a day working on it
So What is good in Mooreville? even thou I do not live there any longer, some places really enjoyed in my 3+ year stay there:
Food around Mooresville: Lancaster's; What-a-burger; Big Daddy's; Big Al's; Brusters Ice Cream; Micky and Mooches and Jeffrey's [plus the chains of Waffle House; Cracker Barrell]
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.
Landscaping / Lawn Maintenance in Mooresvile / Hunterville / Charlotte - Shawn Hovey at 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.
Insurance Needs: Race City Insurance - 704-799-0403 on the web at: racecityinsteam.com, ask for Lori Little
Electrical: Reuben Santillanes of Rasco Electric at 980-297-5691, took me years to find a decent electrican who would show up or call back, Reuben is reasonable and professional, great work
Spinkler Systems: Bill's Lawn Sprinkler Systems: 828-478-2742 or 1-800-478-2741
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.comTell them Jayski or Jay told ya to call
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.
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. 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.
I love animals and am down to one cat since Reba passed away on 4/26/2012
My boy Angus is my only remaining pet.
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, 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.
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
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and now.....North Carolina...since January 23, 2004
States I have visited (26 of 50):
Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennesee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.
Plans are in the works to visit the West USA and New England states within the next few years.
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
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 (with Dave or Sammy), Blues Traveler, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, The Cars, Moe, Billy Squier, The Boss(Springsteen), Motley Crue, Kix, Aldo Nova, The Offspring, Cheap Trick, Krokus, ZZ Top, U2, George Thorogood among may others.
The above images are: AC/DC (my ultimate favorite), Stevie Ray Vaughan, KISS and Judas Priest.
And no it's not devil music (had some idiot try to convert me). I have over 875 CD's....have put most of it on my IPhone and listen to them thru bluetooth in my truck or stereo.
Jason Statham, one of my fave actors
(all the Transporters, Crank, Bank Job, Death Race, Itailian Job, Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
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)