Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Ojibwe Gichigami
Liked: 3237 times
I've never been into NASCAR racing much, but back in the early 2000s my brother wanted to start up a fantasy league for fun and asked me about writing some software. It sounded like fun so I bit... What I thought would be a quick little weekend project for him, turned into over a month of database design & code writing in my spare time that quickly evolved into a sophisticated set of apps as he noticed what was easily possible... he kept wanting more features and functionality, moar, moar, moar...!!
It ended up consisting of two other separate apps that I wrote to support the main app. It was pretty much automated... it would fetch the official race results from nascar.com a few minutes after each race, and after a minute or two we'd have that week's $$$ winners posted and the results and standings reports emailed to each contestant.
We did it on a team format... each participant paid a flat fee which bought them into the fantasy league for the entire season. Each participant purchased his/her favorite list of drivers/cars using a capped wallet, no two driver/car teams were identical. One driver injury trade was allowed per season, and one optional driver/car trade was allowed at mid-season. We ran FAST CASH bonuses each week that paid out $100 to the top three and the overall top points winners at the end of the season were paid out the entire jackpot. Every nickel collected was paid out... we kept nothing... even yanked cash out of our own pockets to fund some Double FAST CASH ($200) weekend payouts that added to the fun.
We had no idea what to call it... but one day I saw Jimmy Spencer in front of the camera whining like a momma's boy, so I named the app Jimmy.