Pulling It In To The Garage

by Jim on October 30, 2010 · 4 comments

Hey race fans, I’m long overdue on this message. Having not posted in over month, I am sure some rumors have surfaced concerning my whereabouts.

First of all- I am not dead. I have not assumed room temperature. In fact, I have never been more alive and well. In fact, I don’t have the time- between my regular job as news director/ sports director at a local radio station, radio play-by-play guy for my high school alma mater, husband, and soccer, karate and band dad.

Secondly, I have not ceased to be a NASCAR fan. My passion for what some call the “Left Turn League’ is just as vibrant as ever. Unlike some, I actually think the racing has been pretty damn good this year.

Here’s what has happened. I have become a very busy man, and I may also be on the verge of becoming an adoptive father. If you’ve been through that experience, you know how time consuming that can be.

The truth is, I can no longer keep up the rigors of this labor of love called Bump Drafts. Therefore, I am pulling it in to the garage, and putting it up for sale. It pains me to do it, but I know that it is right.

I am not going away, though. As some of you may already know, I have joined Patrick Reynolds in becoming a regular weekly contributor at allleftturns.com.  I am now working for the esteemed Joe Donatelli and my musings can now be seen over there every Tuesday. Joe’s a great guy, and I like what he’s doing with the website, and I’m honored to him, Patrick, and Jay W. Pennell.

On the way out, I have a few thanks. Thank you to Patrick Reynolds, John “Dawg” Chapman, Jeremy T. Sellers and Miss Mustang Jackie for joining me in this venture, lending your perspectives and talents. You all are more than teammates, you are friends. I valued your continued friendship.

Thank you to my wife, Lynnae, and my children, Hannah and Jonathan. You are my inspiration. Lynnae you have also been oh so helpful in the launch and design and maintenance of this site. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks to you, fellow race fans, for coming here and joining the conversation. You too, have been inspirational, and it’s great to call you all friends.

Well, it’s time to sign out. I’ve truly enjoyed the ride. See you trackside, and until then, keep it off the walls.

Jim


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{ 4 comments }

1 Jackie October 31, 2010 at 2:38 am

Jim,
Congratulations on the adoption and I hope that everything goes well on that endeavor for you and your family.
Even though I completely understand why, it doesn’t make it any easier and I will really miss Bump-Drafts. For several years, it has been part of my daily routine to come here and read what was happening in the world of NASCAR. There was times I learned something about racing, there were times I laughed and times I actually got angry and a few times (such as toady) when I cried reading Bump-Drafts.
I want to say thank you for the oppurtunities and encouragement you gave me and the lessons you taught me when I wrote articles to submit here.
But you can count on Alleftturns.com going on my fav list!!!
Thanks for everything and God bless,
Jackie

2 Janine November 1, 2010 at 6:51 am

Jim, This is bitter sweet. I’m happy for you but sad for myself and your readers. Reading Bump-Drafts became a part of my daily routine. I wiil truely miss you and your team of contributers. Good luck with EVERY THING. And thanks for adding some wisdow about racing for so many people. Janine

3 Bob November 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

I too will miss Bump-Drafts. It has been a part of my life for the past two years. I didn’t always leave comments but did read it daily. I learned somethings I didn’t know about the inner workings of NASCAR. I’ll miss the humor of Mustang, the sincerity of Pat, and everyone else who wrote for you.
I understand the why and all but it and you will be missed. I know this wasn’t an easy decision. I’ll be sure to checkout allleftturns.
Congrats and good luck with the adoption. Hope it all works out for the better. May God Bless you and Lynnae. I know you’ll do your best.

4 Patrick Reynolds November 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for the ride, Jim. I appreciate you providing a platform where I could hone my writing and develop a resume. This was my start and for that I will always be grateful. My best to you, your family and luck with the new adoption. I look forward to continuing our friendship on http://www.allleftturns.com.

From one Irishman to another: CHEERS!

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