The Final Chapter: When One Door Closes, Many More Open
Every great chapter must come to an end at some point, right? Gohan finally defeated Cell to put an end to the long lasting Cell Games. Harry, and friends, destroyed all of the Horcrux’s ultimately leading to Voldemort’s defeat, again? Dwight and Angela finally get married, Michael comes back for one last visit, and Pam & Jim finally move to Austin. Ross and Rachel confess their love and continue their relationship, Monica and Chandler adopt twins, and they all head to Central Park for one last cup of coffee. Honestly the list could go on and on with memorable cinematic or book related endings but that’s not why you clicked the article — at least that’s not why I think you are here.
When I started The Weekly Racer seven years ago I was just coming out of college spending the last three years of my life immersed in the “business” side of sports. I absolutely loved going to class and wanted to be involved with sports for the rest of my life. I found that I had a passion for the PR side of things. I enjoyed the planning aspect of things, the marketing and finance side was okay, but I really enjoyed writing. I enjoyed the weekly press release assignment I had in one class, I enjoyed telling a story. I was also in the need of a 400-hour internship to complete my degree so I went to my favorite place here in my hometown – Langley Speedway. Pitched my idea. Then failed to secure the position. I found out either I did a bad job of selling myself or just wasn’t qualified to do the job. Looking back at it now I was asking for a internship to start in January and go to May at a local short track, that time frame probably just didn’t work out for them, nothing to be angry about now. Maybe it was a true life lesson that when one door closes another opens — something to keep in mind for later.
I ended up landing an internship as an assistant Athletic Director with one of the most amazing and down right coolest bosses ever at my high school alma mater. I got to do a lot of work planning the final Peninsula District baseball tournament but I digress. That small “failure” of not landing the internship at the place and sport I really wanted no doubt had me down. I thought to myself; I just spent the last six years of my life studying all this, all the late nights staying up after work putting proposals together and reading all these expensive books just to be turned down for a FREE job. What does that mean for me when I go looking for jobs that actually pay. Then I remembered something my mother and father thought me growing up being a small business owning family. If you want it, work for it, make it yours… so I did and over the summer of 2013 The Weekly Racer (TWR) was born. My own personal internship if you will.
Over these last seven years I have learned so much about the sport of auto racing and grown not only as a person but as a professional. Starting out sitting in freezing cold grandstand in November with a Coleman heater and tapping on the screen of my iPhone, to securing a small corner in the wooden turn one spotter stand at Langley, to talking with past, present, and certainly future NASCAR & World of Outlaws champions. I have been asked to take photos for NASCAR teams, produced radio style shows, created year end banquet videos, and brought onto PA systems to talk about racing. It has certainly been a ride that I will cherish forever. This was something that I, with the help of many, many others along the way, built from the ground up. The Weekly Racer was something that people all over the Mid Atlantic region went to for pre, live, and post race information on their favorite series or driver. A place to stay up to date with their racing family, a true community.
That is why it truly does sadden me to announce that as 2020 comes to an end so will TWR. I want to take a minute to thank those who helped make TWR what it is today. To my wife who helped me edit stories, take photos/videos, tag-team the largest Late Model race in the country, and drive the countless hours back home in the dark while I typed up stories. To Mark Rogers Jr. who though we worked at “competing” outlets, always took the time to answer questions and provide advice. My dad, who also helped play the roll of driver, toting me around on long trips so I can type up stories in the passenger seat and even bank rolled the operation in the early years. To Hudson Hall, who has put me in contact with more NASCAR drivers, crew, and other professionals than I would have ever imagined. Saying goodbye to something you have worked so hard to create is never easy but, leaving it on “good terms” to do “bigger” things might make it a little easier, right?
Now to that “… other doors open” part of that statement I made above. Even though I am closing the doors so to speak here at The Weekly Racer I will be doing so to write, quite literally, the next chapter of my racing career. Not only will I be returning to Langley Speedway as a member of the NBC Gold Track Pass Production Team I am extremely happy to announce I will also be taking on the roll Media Relations Director at the speedway! I will be working to provide original content for our racing community which will be featured on the tracks brand new website – more on that coming soon.
I am beyond excited for the 2021 race season! With so much going on this past year I cannot wait to get back behind the camera and provide everyone with a high quality product. I cannot wait to get back behind the computer doing something I love, putting out quality stories highlighting the speedways rich history within the community, it’s drivers, teams, and staff.
To everyone who has supported me throughout the years, used my photos on their social platforms, their hero cards, their merchandise, thank you! To everyone who took the time to stop on pit road or from working on their car to talk to me about how good or even how bad of a day you were having, thank you. Even to everyone who messaged, called or emailed pointing out my mistakes along the way, thank you for having the courage to do so, so I could become a better writer. To the 200K+ people who took the time to visit our website and various social platforms — Thank You! This may be the ending to one novel but the start of something else!
To Be Continued…