Logo prior to 2017, 2019-present
Type of site
|Created by||Jay "Jayski" Adamczyk|
|Alexa rank||23,427 (April 2014[update])|
|Launched||August 26, 1996|
|over 500,000 daily page views|
Jayski's Silly Season Site is a web site owned by ESPN focusing primarily on NASCAR news and rumors. The website was founded by Jay "Jayski" Adamczyk in 1996 after he had difficulty finding news regarding the Melling Racing team, and subsequently worked to get all NASCAR news grouped together on the site.
The term Silly Season refers to the period near and after the end of the annual NASCAR season when many teams seek to make changes to prepare for next season. The site shutdown just before the 2019 season on January 28, 2019.
In April 2019, Jay Adamczyk regained ownership of the "jayski.com" domain from ESPN, bringing the site back with a home page announcing that the site was in discussions with a partner to fully update the site in the near future.
The name for Jayski's Silly Season Site is a reference to the midpoint of the NASCAR season when rumors within the sport most often circulate. The main feature of the site is a "News and Rumors" page for the major three NASCAR series. The sites also hosts pictures of the paint schemes used by teams throughout that year, television schedules and tributes to deceased drivers. The site also lists series statistics and external links to teams and drivers.
Adamczyk founded the site in 1996 and used his moniker from his time in the military, Jayski, to brand the site. On December 3, 1999, Adamczyk quit his job as a computer programmer for the Federal Aviation Administration to work on the site full-time. Two years later, Jayski's content began to be featured on Knight Ridder's racing website, That's Racin'. That freed Adamczyk from several business commitments (such as advertising), and enabled him to focus solely on creating content, and hosting external links to newspaper and magazine stories on the NASCAR world. In January 2004, sports network ESPN began to host Jayski.
In early April 2007, as part of its renewed interest in NASCAR following re-acquisition of broadcasting rights, ESPN purchased Jayski.com. Jayski underwent a stylistic overhaul in August 2009. The site was redesigned in early 2017, becoming part of ESPN.com, but Adamczyk continues to operate the site on a daily basis with a staff of two.
In early April 2019 the site appears to making a possible comeback, the following message was posted and some content was listed including recent nascar news and the 2019 drivers chart.
"We are back...sort of! Thanks to ESPN, Jay has now regained ownership of the jayski.com domain. Our next step is to find a partner to help us relaunch the website in all its former glory as soon as possible. Those discussions are underway, but nothing has been finalized yet. Until our next deal is finalized, this site will contain only limited information. We don't want to rebuld the site without knowing what platform we will be operating on in the future. As soon as we have something to announce, it will be posted here."
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- @jayski (28 Jan 2019). "We didn't get to scoop our own news! :-) Thanks for 22+ great years. Today is the final day for Jayski.com . We appreciate all your support. It's been an honor to work for ESPN. We aren't sure what's next for us (Jay, Scott -@SLPAGE and, Amanda) but stay tuned" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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