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One thing I must admit and people must know about me is that after having worked on racing teams for almost seven years now, I tend to get a little agitated when I listen to people with no intimate experience of working on or with a race team talk as if they know how things are done/run. This will sometimes cause me to be a bit rough around the edges, not trying to be a tool just presenting my side of the argument.
NASCAR is my life for the most part. Right now I work on different cars through the entire year between Late Models, Modifieds, Rolling Thunder Modifieds and Arena Racing USA. My passion is spotting and I hope to one day do that in one of NASCAR's big 3 divisions. But I also am interested in working in the broadcast/promotional side of NASCAR.
I'm a student at Campbell University in my fourth year in the Mass Communications department. I have been published on several websites now including foxsports.com, racerap.com and ucarclash.com. I'm also on Twitter, Mason51. I will also be covering local racing particularly the Langley Speedway Late Model Stock division for www.Race22.com. Also new website I am kicking off to house some of my stuff and some random off-topic ramblings about music, movies, video games, etc. http://pitroadrumblings.blogspot.com/
To anyone who edits:
If you don't know about the subject of the article, don't edit it. Odds are you will screw up the message. Also please do not change the article tags, I picked them for a reason. OK I'm done ranting LOL.
Please also check out my story about Shawn Bullozzo" Six races in one night at Langley:
NASCAR's Race Against Cancer: Six Races, One Night.
Please check out my latest effort:
The “Indianapolis Effect” on NASCAR Racing in the U.S.
Let me know what you think!
To say the least, this is probably my biggest interview yet and I hope you'll enjoy getting to know about this sensational female racer, Leilani Munter! Don't be surprised to see her going NASCAR racing in 2011! Thanks!
I hope to be able to go to Langley soon. I haven't been in a few years... I work retail, and in fact my schedule has me working every other Sunday for the next month! Ah well, the Wonderful World of Retail.
However, I was able to obtain some free passes to Langley so perhaps soon!
What if I message you here, through the 'send a message' function that has been recently added to B/R.
Well, I HAD to become a fan, as I live in Langley [Field} Speedway's "hometown."
Yes, I'm old enough to remember when it was 'Dude Ranch' then "Langley Field Speedway" watching David Pearson and Ned Jarrett winning Grand National [Cup] races there and, of course, when it was still dirt!
Thanks for the pick on my latest Update.
There is an "Editing Queue" that works pretty well, but sometimes the system doesn't warn editors that someone is already in it (Dabney overwrote my edits because she started editing after me but before I submitted, so my edits weren't there yet). I know the tech people are working on it. It usually does put a warning on the screen that someone else is in there.
Separate from that, part of my shift every day is editing headlines of stories that are on the front page, so I edit previously edited stories all the time. Your headline had "Lifelock" instead of "LifeLock" and it made sense to add "NASCAR" to it because that's a good keyword. Plus, you can make a series out of it and do "NASCAR Studs and Duds" all the time, so I think my edit was worth making even though other people had already been there. While I was there, I noticed that the other editors neglected to implement official B/R formatting, so I did that for you to make it easier to read.
I can't speak to the reasons why three other editors edited the story with certainty. Justin and I are the only staff editors who edited your story...we have a ton of interns, but it's possible the other two aren't even interns. Some people do it for fun or to be helpful. We're also doing a good job of editing every story that's submitted right now, so sometimes there is nothing to edit and our editors will go and find a story on the front page, etc., that could use a brushup.
Hope that clears things up. You are free to undo any change to your story that you don't like, so don't let it annoy you. Some of the best articles on the site that win POTDs will have like 20-30 revisions. Every extra pair of eyes can help.
Thanks for being a fan Mason!
I didn't mean to upset you by posting my postponement article on the Prelude To The Dream. I totally forgot you were going to the event, was in the process of ordering the event when it showed up on my TV as postponed. My only intention was to make those on B/R aware of it that I knew would be ordering it and if I had seen Kara's I never would have posted anything.
Just a note with writing the truck series stuff, if no one comments on it, it doesn't stay long on the NASCAR page, but switches over to the truck page. If I saw your rookie article, I would have responded to it sooner and commented that it stayed longer on the NASCAR front page. You did a great job with it, definitely do part two and three, since we'll be seeing a few of these guys in Cup in a couple of years. Just BB when you post them and I'll comment on them so they stay longer on the NASCAR page. it's something that I've had to deal with from when I first started writing about the CWTS and B/R is hit or miss.