ABOUT US

FANTASY RACING CHEAT SHEET

If you are new to the site and wondering what it is all about, here is my take on who we are. But, don't just take it from me. It's safe to say I'm a little biased. See what others have said about the Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet.

I've always had a passion to share informative and helpful information with others.

It's the little things that make the big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class." - J. Willard Marriot

ONE BAD WHEEL

When I started Onebadwheel (aka OBW) I came out swinging. I thought that to get noticed in the emerging blogosphere you needed to have a sailors mouth (sorry, no offense to any of you polished and tasteful sailors) and be controversial. I made some good friends with some of the other NASCAR bloggers (and I think a few cynics as well).

Something I really wanted to do back then was learn about databases. I had been playing fantasy NASCAR games since 2001 and my tool of choice was something nascar.com had called Driver vs. Driver. That tool is the inspiration for everything I have done!

DRIVER VS DRIVER AND MY FIRST DATABASE

Eventually, that tool either disappeared or I simply wanted more, I'm not sure which. So, I set out to learn databasing with the goal I proclaimed on Onebadwheel to build the Ultimate Fantasy NASCAR Database.

I spent hours and hours working on it. When the wife and kids were heading off to bed, I was starting a pot of coffee. Slowly, I hand-entered NASCAR race results into my database.

I created some queries on that little database to tell me: what a drivers average finish was, how he had finished at a particular track over time and about 10 other things I can't even remember. I was fascinated and hooked!

FASTFORWARD

Onebadwheel grew more popular and I always strove to make it the best it could be. I had some help and encouragement along the way.

First and foremost, my buddy James Jones. A guy I didn't even know, out of the blue, wanted to write an amazing Car Number Countdown to Daytona for the site. For free no less! James continued to be a big help by writing and also telling me when I was stupid and when I was brilliant. He is an equal-opportunity offender like that.

Then I became friends with Charlie at OnPitRow . Jeff Gutowski, Eric McClung and Ryan Rantz all joined in and helped write great content simply because they are great guys and love NASCAR.

NO BAD WHEEL

All the time it took to run Onebadwheel (I wasn't really too smart in how I built it) and the dreadfully long NASCAR seasons took its toll and I shut Onebadwheel down in April of 2009.

Good riddance. I was burnt out.

Charlie, from OnPitRow, and his posse came down to Texas for the Fall race that year. Talking to him in the stands I elaborated on a concept that James and I long discussed. Actually creating an awesome product to sell on the site. A Fantasy NASCAR Draft Kit.

FANTASY RACING CHEAT SHEET

I think I was on Go Daddy that night after the race looking at domain names. I snagged this one up and started to draft out my plan on how to accomplish this draft kit idea.

I wrote and wrote until I completed driver and track profiles for the top-35 drivers. Charlie, Ryan and Eric all pitched in with a fantasy snippet for each driver as well. The site looked pretty darn good and was filled with tons of useful fantasy NASCAR information.

Still, I wanted to offer something more that I felt fantasy NASCAR fans were not getting anywhere else.

NASCAR LOOP DATA

NASCAR has an arm of the organization called the NASCAR Media Group. They do a great job providing NASCAR information to media outlets and in the last few years, NASCAR bloggers as well.

NASCAR also has been collecting Loop Data since 2005. Loop Data is a bevy of statistics that tell all kinds of things about a drivers performance in a race. You can say what you like or don't like about how NASCAR runs things, but I give them high praise for their sharing of information such as Loop Data with you and I. It costs them a large amount of money to get.

So, I used this Loop Data in my driver rankings on the 2010 version of the draft kit site. It went over well with the fantasy NASCAR fans that also say its importance over simple average finish position data.

ONE AND DONE

I really had no intention of doing anything more on the site through the 2010 NASCAR season.

I had not planned on updating statistics. Not offering any tools. To me, the site was a website version of a Fantasy NASCAR Draft Kit like you can buy off the magazine rack in January.

I had not anticipated the overwhelming positive response the site got.

I began to count in my head the number of emails and told my wife, "If I get XX more emails about continuing to update the site through the year, then I will."

I did. And, I did.

I also built more fantasy NASCAR tools and opened them up to the public. The Draft Kit remained private to those members that had purchased it.

MY 10TH NASCAR SEASON

The 2014 NASCAR season is my 10th year of having a website dedicated to NASCAR.

I'm here to provide you great fantasy NASCAR tools. Accurate fantasy NASCAR advice. And, to foster and share my love of this great sport of NASCAR with you.

Darren Fauth

The web site has taken on a lot of different looks through the years.

2005 One Bad Wheel

'05

ONE BAD WHEEL

The beginning of the Ultimate NASCAR Database.

2006 One Bad Wheel

'06

ONE BAD WHEEL

The beginning of the Ultimate NASCAR Database.

2007 One Bad Wheel

'07

ONE BAD WHEEL

The beginning of the Ultimate NASCAR Database.

2010 Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet

'10

FANTASY RACING CHEAT SHEET

The beginning of the Ultimate NASCAR Database.

2011 Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet

'11

FANTASY RACING CHEAT SHEET

The beginning of the Ultimate NASCAR Database.

2013 Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet

'13

FANTASY RACING CHEAT SHEET

The beginning of the Ultimate NASCAR Database.

Here are the people that currently influence the direction and the content of the web site.

Cliff DeJong

CLIFF DEJONG

Cliff DeJong (pronounced "De Young"), the man behind AccuPredict, is a research scientist who has crunched numbers his whole life.

An avid NASCAR fan, Cliff was introduced to fantasy NASCAR by his brother (who beat him at just about everything). Cliff put his Carnegie Mellon Computer Science degree and Iowa State University Mathematics degree to use creating successful methods to predict each Cup race based on NASCAR statistics.

It is an obsession that has consumed untold hours.

Darren Fauth

DARREN FAUTH

Darren Fauth is the creator of Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet and it's former incarnation One Bad Wheel.

An oval track racing fan since the 70's, Darren was schooled in the world of NASCAR by lifelong friend Carl Fox in 2002. A jack of all trades web developer by day, Darren has used the databasing of NASCAR statistics and creation of web-based tools to continually hone is web development chops.

Darren is responsible for all programming, data, graphics and content on the site.

Jeff Gutowski

JEFF GUTOWSKI

Jeff Gutowski resides in Wisconsin, the home of Matt Kenseth, Dave Marcis, Dick Trickle, Travis Kvapil and Johnny Sauter.

He has written fantasy NASCAR articles since 2004 and plays in many different types of NASCAR fantasy leagues. The main focus of his articles is the Yahoo league because that is where he get most of his questions from.

Jeff enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. He is also an avid Texas Hold'em player. Jeff spends as much of the NASCAR off-season fishing the frozen Wisconsin lakes as his wife will let him.

James Jones

JAMES JONES

James Jones first contributed to One Bad Wheel back in the off-season between the 2007 and 2008 NASCAR seasons.

James liked the site and asked if he could contribute some content to it. Typical to James it was not just some small undertaking he was willing to take on. James wrote one of the best researched and enlightening (not to mention entertaining which is how James rolls) 50 Day Countdown to the 50th running of the Daytona 500 over the course of 50 days highlighting cars and drivers associated with each number.

James has continued as a friend since then and is great sounding board and idea-man. He is the originator/collaborator for the many of the ideas on the site.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

These individuals have contributed content, ideas and time to Onebadwheel and Fantasyracingcheatsheet and have been instrumental in improvements and progress. They are each much appreciated!

TOTAL SUBSCRIBERS TO DATE

The number of fantasy NASCAR fans who have created an account with Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet.

NASCAR DRIVERS

The number of NASCAR drivers we have in our database.

NASCAR TRACKS

The number of NASCAR tracks we have in our database.

NASCAR RACE RESULTS

The number of NASCAR race results we have in our database.