In addition to changing Tony Stewart’s graphics to reflect his new car number of 14 and sponsor, Office Depot, I have added a latest NASCAR tweets section to my NASCAR page using a PHP RSS parsing script I wrote. I did this more to just see if I could and educate myself more in working with Twitter’s RSS feeds. It’s the RSS feed version of this Twitter search which anyone can just view directly. There are also a few sites such as this NASCAR Twitter group site that follows NASCAR tweets. Even so, why not try something myself where I have more control? 🙂
Currently, I’ve put the tweet section within an IFrame. At the moment you have to manually refresh the list to grab new ones. I kept going back and forth between manual refreshing and automatic refreshing. I may add a form that will let you specify the refresh rate. What’s funny is that getting the RSS parsing working didn’t take that long. Getting the output to look how I wanted with some consistency between IE and Firefox took as long or longer (CSS stuff) 🙄 .
Since there is no 2009 driver standings available yet, I will have to wait until after the Daytona 500 and NASCAR creates a 2009 standings page to change mine. I have some other ideas for specific races as well, such as a specific page for each race with race results and a video playlist specific to that race. Another year of NASCAR has started. Woot! Stay tuned! 🙂