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Monday, July 31, 2006


I realize I haven't posted in sometime. I hope that tomorrow evening I will have opportunity to give an update. However, right now, I need your help.


I wrote about Trent here. Today is the last day for Trent to get the votes he needs to continue his dream.

Here is a message Trent posted to the forum on his Web site just as the final week of voting started. Well, today is the last day.
There's only one week left in the voting for the T.V. show I have a chance to be on, Racin' for a Livin'. Your support has been phenomenal and I can't thank you enough for it. The television show is taking the top 15 drivers that have the most votes, and somehow with all the votes already cast, I sit in 20th as of today. I have been told that I am right there on the edge of the voting, just several thousand out. The problem is every driver's votes this week will be out the roof, so we will just have to shoot higher. The amount of times a person can vote is unlimited, so please vote as often as possible! I've worked nonstop with promotions and media events trying to get more votes all summer long. This chance is what I've worked for as long as I can remember. Keep passing the word on about voting as well as clicking away at it! Your help and support is greatly appreciated!
Come on! Let's click and then leave the drivin' to Trent!

Click here to start to vote. You can vote as many times as you wish!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Going out on a Shrub

Today the NASCAR boys head to New Hampshire. I'll be up against RYR28 in the fantasy league. He has been doing much better here lately. Funny thing is, this improvement came after he dropped all his Yates drivers.

Here is the competition for today.

RYR28 has a better average starting spot than I do. His drivers roll off second, third and ninth. My guys will start the race in fourth, sixth, and seventh. Should be a good race at the start with all the drivers being in the top 10.

The one change to my lineup is the benching of Mark Martin and the running of Kyle Busch. Kyle has been doing pretty well these last couple of races and would have done well last night in the BUSCH race had it not been for a caution. Martin has been kind of average the last several races (he starts 13th in today's race).

The big danger for me is Jeff Burton. The man is going to win a race here soon. Brian Vicker's doesn't scare me too much. He has run well of late but just doesn't seem to have what it takes to knock one home. Reed Sorenson is good Georgia boy, but I don't think New Hampshire is going to be his kind of track.

I think I'll win today's race. BBuck is going to beat Tru-Jr-Fan (though I wish he wouldn't) and Super_D gets a free ride today. This means I probably won't gain anythihng in the league standings.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

What's been going on?

Time for an update...

Mayo Watch

After waiting nearly a week, the standings for Racin' for a Livin' came out late last night. Trent moved from 14th to 8th. That gives him a little breathing room going into the last half of this month. There is still time to help him out, so be sure to vote for Mayo before July 31st.

Following Hincapie

I guess Following Hincapie will become Following Landis. Of course, I'm still keeping up with George, but there is no way he will now win the Tour. Landis is the American best in position to take the yellow on the final day. Sure wish he rode for an American team, but I guess I'll have to pull for Phonak.

According to Rich Hincapie, his brother came into the tour too light. He seems to start out the stages just fine, but then fades. It was obvious during the time trial that there were going to be problems. Don't give up George!


I have been pleased by the response I have gotten at Vespatude. I knew it would be tough to raise $1600 with my pixel page. It was more a societal experiment than anything else. Bottom line, is that I have been able to get some cash toward my new engine and have learned a lot about people!

I was reminded once again of the nature of Internet bulletin boards. I put a message up at ScooterBBS letting people know about the program. I got some nice responses - and even some folks who purchased pixels. On the other hand, I also ran into the "board jerks." All boards have these. They spend their time insulting and trying stir up a fight. Not only that, but the majority of these types are pretty cras. It is a pity that you have to wade through all this trash to get some really helpful information.

Hey, I'm still accepting submissions. I may extend the project so that I can fill the page and give away the $100. All it takes is a purchase of $10 of pixels.

Wow. Yesterday was a big traffic day at The Common Voice. Nearly 10,000 unique users came to the site! That is nearly double the highest number at any other point in this month.

Very quietly the site has exceed 3 million individual sessions. It is amazing to me that this has happened because I really have not devoted much time to the site in several months. It has basically been running itself. Really, it is a site "edited" by the readers.

Monday, July 10, 2006

And I said it would be boring?

Okay, the USG Sheetrock 400 wasn't boring like I thought it would be. There were plenty of lead changes and fuel intrigue, not to mention the last 10 or so laps. I have to admit it was a pretty good race... could part of that be due to the fact that Gordon won and is now back in the top 10?

Here is my take on the "incident." Kenseth and Gordon came into the turn having to stay low on the track because of Casey Mears up high. Gordon had been gaining on the number 17 for laps. He was setting him up for a pass. You could see that Jeff had to check up as they came into the turn because the excess fuel being burned off was obvious. At the point in the turn where both drivers would normally have gotten back on the gas, Kenseth seems to have bobbed. Jeff Gordon got back in the gas wanting to get up under Kenseth as they came off the turn. Kenseth did not accelerate with Gordon and, voila, he got spun out. Certainly, Gordon wasn't giving quarter, but he also was not intentionally spinning Matt out.

The good news in the fantasy league is that I beat Tru-Jr-Fan. It was nip and tuck all along with the points going back and forth. BBuck beat Super_D and RYR28 won over the give me driver. That means I maintain my lead: PaitRacing (12-4-1) BBuck (11-6) Super_D (10-7) Tru-Jr-Fan (9-8) RYR28DAVEYSLEGACY (8-9).

Also, the bottle throwing at the end of the race... uncalled for. I'm sure the "fans" were singing, "This is Bud" while they were doing it.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Let's go racin', boys!

Here we go to one of those boring tracks. ChicagoLand is next on the docket. Maybe I have a bad attitude about it because I know my drivers aren't going to do very well - except for maybe Mark Martin.

Yep, I'm going up against Tru-Jr-Fan. That means I have to beat Earnhardt (who starts 25th but is a previous winner), Kasey Kahne (starting 3rd and has already one three races on these cookie cutter tracks), and Greg Biffle (rolling off from 27th but was the leader in final practice).

I'm taking him on with drivers who just haven't been able to conquer the medium tracks. Jeff Gordon has always struggled and though he starts ahead (13th) of Junior and Biffle, my guess is he will move forward at first and then slide back. Jimmie Johnson holds a qualifying record at the track and starts 5th, but his luck seems to be slipping here in the middle of the season. Mark Martin starts 9th and I can see this Rousch car being the one that saves my skin.

It will be close, I believe. RYR28 should have an easy go of it today, but Super_D vs. BBuck will be tight as well as my pairing. If I lose, I will basically be in a tie with either Super_D or BBuck.

Hey, don't forget to cast a vote for Trent Mayo at Racin' for a Livin'. He is now in 14th and needs to stay in the top 15 in order to make the show. Be sure to click on the Top 50 poll to get to Trent's competition.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Mayo Watch: Your help needed!

Trent has been cleared to climb back in his car. His new Monte Carlo is headed into the paint booth and he will be racing next Saturday. He's pretty excited to have a new car and the opportunity to race again.

The problem is that he is now 14th in the voting for Racin' for a Livin'! Take some time and vote for Trent at the Racin' for a Livin' web site. I would prefer to see him in the top ten.

I'll check in again tomorrow to line up the NASCAR Fantasy League stuff. Right now, I need to give Trent some more votes... Your help is needed as well!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Mayo Watch: Interview article

I came across this article that appeared in a couple of Georgia newspapers:

Local phenom driving his way into the national spotlight

Right now, Trent is in 10th place -- the last update for the standing was July 4, so he could have moved up (or down) some since that time. Stay tuned for more updates in the Mayo Watch.

By the way, I would really appreciate if anyone would consider buying some pixels for my Vespa. I've basically decided to park it until I can get a new engine. It will take me quite a while if it is left up to me. Thanks!

Following Hincapie with Hincapie

I've been following the Tour de France pretty closely again this year. It is actually kind of nice not to have Lance in the mix. There is a huge question mark this year. Eight to ten riders seem to have a legitimate opportunity to win this year. It could even be someone not on the radar (though I doubt it).

There is still a long way to go and the mountains still loom in the distance. I'm hoping that Hincapie can save up his strength and then pull an Armstrong when we get to the mountains near the end of the tour.

Yesterday the Greenville News started a blog written by George's brother Rich. I hope it will really be a worthwhile blog and we can pick up some insights that you don't normally get from the media more focused on all the riders. You can find the blog here: Hincapie follows Hincapie.

Yes, I have not missed the irony of a NASCAR fan following cycling in France. I guess it is an example of the changing demographics in the sport - both sports.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Chasing a Dream

A new section for StackOfStuff will be the Trent Mayo watch. He is a young guy who is trying to make it onto a reality TV show called "Racin' for a Livin'." He hopes it will give him a chance to show what he can do in a BUSCH series racecar and ultimately land a full-time ride in NASCAR. Help me help Trent, but going and giving him a few votes at the Racin' for a Livin' Web site.

Read a little more about Trent...

Every race fan has asked that question, “What if I had a chance to sit behind the wheel of one of those cars?” Most of us let it end unanswered. For a few the question burns enough to make them seek a dream.

When he was 10 years old, Trent Mayo felt that flame watching Dale Earnhardt and youngsters like Jeff Gordon. He did something about it. Now he is chasing his dream and has a metal pin from his knee to his ankle to prove it.

“I watched the NASCAR races on television with my older brother, Trae. When I was 10, I saw the Bandolero cars on TV from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I was thrilled to see kids racing them, and I immediately researched them on the Internet and then asked my mom if I could test-drive one.”

Trent is now 18 and that Bandolero car his mom bought him back in 1999 has been left behind. He now races a Pro Challenge Series racecar. To most, it appears to be a NASCAR racer, but pull out your measure tape and check under the hood and you’ll find the car is three-quarter scale replica of the Nextel Cup series machines.

You won’t find a Ford, Chevy or Dodge engine turning out the horsepower. Powering these cars is a Kawasaki four-cylinder, water-cooled power plant producing 140 horsepower. With the cars weighing in at only 1500 pounds, that is enough push to give the cars speeds up to 150 mph. On a 3/8 mile track, that is plenty fast enough!

One of these cars costs around $20,000. Trent knows that it takes more than driving skills to make it in racing. “Mom purchased my first Bandolero with the understanding that I would market myself and find sponsors. I am still doing that! Gibson Guitars has been my primary sponsor since 2000. I also have: My Favorite Mechanic, Old McDonald's BBQ, Flynn's Automotive Products, Loganville Collision, and William Ross Development.” Always on the look out for sponsors, he adds, “If other companies are interested, the marketing opportunities are great!”

Now he has his eyes set on taking his racing to a new level. Trent Mayo would like to see his name above the window of a BUSCH series ride in 2007. He hopes to reach this goal through a television program called, “Racin’ for a Livin’.” Taping for the show begins this fall.

Trent learned he had been selected as one of the initial 50 drivers for the project at his birthday party last year. He recalls, “It was a great birthday present although my ice cream cake completely melted! I am the only driver from Georgia who was selected as one of the 50 to compete and one of four from the southeast.”

July 31 will determine whether the show will be his doorway to the continuation of his dream. The 50 racers are listed at Fans can go to the site and vote for their favorite drivers. Of the fifty drivers chosen for the project, only the top 15 vote getters will actually strap themselves in for the reality show. Right now, Trent ranks number 10 in the voting.

His focus right now is remaining in the top fifteen and taking care of that pin in his leg. “I definitely think this is a fantastic opportunity for me and the other drivers.” Trent told me, “Although there can only be one winner who will get seven rides in the 2007 Busch series, the exposure to the race teams will be great.”

Until then, Trent will be working to prepare his Monte Carlo Pro Challenge oval racer to get back on the track of the Aaron's Sales & Lease Pro Challenge Series. His number 13 Pontiac was destroyed in an accident. Trent tells the story…
On April 28 I was in Nashville at the Music City Motorplex where I won the championship last year. Unfortunately, the car ahead of me lost an engine and crashed into the outside wall. I avoided the accident but slid on oil that was on the track. I was unable to spin the car out and it darted to the outside wall for a very hard hit. I felt both bones in my lower left leg break. The car then went down the track and struck the inside wall. Both hits were at a speeds over 100 MPH.

It took about 20 minutes to get me out of the car. Although I was in a tremendous amount of pain, I did not want rescue workers to cut the top off the car like they wanted to so I put a glove in my mouth and somehow pulled myself partially out of the window.

I was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where I received terrific care for the next five days. My surgeon, Dr. Erika Mitchell, assured me I would be ready to race in time to be on Racin' for a Livin' in the fall. She inserted a rod, bolts and screws in the Tibia of my left leg. Before I was taken into surgery early the next morning, the doctors stopped at a computer and voted for me!

It was about a month before I could begin working on the car after that. It did not take long to realize the extent of the damage made it impossible to repair. I have been rebuilding another car, a Monte Carlo. I should have it ready in a few more weeks about the time the doctor gives me the go ahead to race. I can't wait!
Don’t count him out! When Trent Mayo sets his mind to something, you can be assured he’ll give it all he’s got. This attitude has allowed him to earn an associate degree from Georgia Perimeter College two weeks before graduating from Shiloh High School. Several weeks after hobbling across the stage to get his high school diploma, he began summer classes at Georgia Institute of Technology as a Junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

The story doesn’t end there. Trent is also an accomplished musician. Look close in the back of his racecar and you might find a Gibson guitar! Trent believes the two passions complement each other, “I want to hold concerts in conjunction with the races for those attending the races as well as concerts to benefit local children's hospitals. I envision having concerts in the cities where races are being held.”

So, while Dale Earnhardt is listed as the driver after which he would like to model himself, don’t forget Johnny Cash and George Strait. “Country music and racing just go together,” Mayo argues. “Marty Robins combined the two in Nashville years ago. He would leave the racetrack and rush to the Grand Old Opry. Of course, he raced more for fun. I am very serious about both racing and music. I have been playing Gibson guitars since I was six years old.”

I’m not going to argue with him. Actually, I think I’m going to be voting for him. If you want a part in a continuing success story, grab your mouse and join me at Racin’ for a Livin’ and vote for Trent.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

From NASCAR to the Tour de France

Turns out I do not get the win when I tie a team with lesser winning percentage. That would be the case if I was tied for the entire league at the end of the season. However, as it is ties are counted.

I've been enjoying the Tour de France on the few days that I have off because of the July 4 holiday. Hope an American is the winner of today's stage. Hincapie is having a pretty quiet ride so far today. Of course, the Tour is never won this early in the event. He is probably saving himself for the mountains.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


It can't get much worse than this! I TIED THE GIVE ME TEAM!

The good news is that I believe a tie goes to the driver with the best winning percentage. That would be me. I sure hope that is the case...

If the tie goes to me, then I end up with a 12-4 record. Super_D and BBuck move up to 10-6 while Tru-Jr-Fan falls to 9-7. RYR28DAVEYSLEGACY brings up the rear at 7-9.

I still don't believe it. I had all three (all four counting Shurb) of my drivers in the top 10 with 20 laps to go. Then Johnson squeezes Labonte up into the wall and before you know it Martin and Gordon get messed up when a rookie gets squirrely and puts them into the wall.

I'm in shock. I guess the good news is that at least I wasn't up against any of the other teams. The bad news is that Gordon has once again fallen out of the top 10. Still, he isn't that far out and a few more mishaps up front and there could be more that 10 drivers within 400 points of the leader.

Get your Pepsi and Lays chips ready!

Tonight is the Pepsi 400. Things are pretty good for me as far as the fantasy league is concerned, so I can just focus on my favorite drivers instead of worrying about the points. There will be some good racing amongst the other teams in the league.

Tru-Jr-Fan and Super_D are going to have a bunch of guys coming up through the field. Biffle starts off 12th for Tru-Jr-Fan followed by Dale Jr. in 35th and Kahne in 38th. Super_D gets off a little better with Kenseth 10th, Kurt Busch 16th and Ryan Newman 23rd.

BBuck and RYR28DAVEYSLEGACY seem to be the ones on a roll. BBuck has the best starting average for the race with Tony Stewart in 2nd, Denny Hamlin in 6th and Harvick in 32nd. RYR28 is average with his guys running 7 (Jarrett), 13 (E. Sadler) and 17 (Vickers).

My guys aren't so bad off either. Gordon rolls off 4th. Johnson gets underway in 9th and Martin sits on the grid in 24th place. Kyle Busch could be the spoiler for me. He starts in 14th.

Of course, this is Daytona, so it doesn't really matter where you start. The important thing is just to survive long enough race for the win at the end.

Another cool story is that Ward Burton is at the track this weekend and he may pick up a ride. I've always had a soft spot for the elder Burton and sure would like to see him succeed. Maybe we'll see him in a couple of rides this year and then have him full time in '07.