Thursday, April 2, 2009

Looking For A Few Good (Fantasy Racing) Guinea Pigs

Hey everyone, my good buddy, Dan Beaver, has asked me to help him with a new concept in Fantasy Racing -- and he needs your help. Here's your chance to have some fun, help build something new, and best of all, it's FREE! So add to your enjoyment of Sunday's race in Texas be being a part of the action. All it takes is your cell phone. Now, let me turn it over to Dan for the details ...

Fantasy Racing Goes Cellular
By Dan Beaver

Starting this Sunday with the race at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR fantasy racing is going cellular and we are looking for a few guinea pigs.

Many of you know me from the fantasy racing coverage I have provided over the last half-decade or the racing stories posted here. And my good friend Jerry Bonkowski is allowing me offer to let you be the first to play a brand new type of fantasy racing game.

This Sunday for the Samsung 500, Event Day Games is hosting a live game that is played on your cell phone. Throughout the race, you will receive a text message about once every 15 minutes. When it arrives, you will reply with what you believe to be the correct answer, plus a wager or "confidence factor." If you are sure you will be correct, wager 100 points. If you are not as certain, wager as few as you wish.

Each player starts with 1,000 points and correct answers add to that total, while incorrect answers detract from the total.

We are looking for a few good players who would like to help us create the most interesting game possible.

If you are interested in being the first on your block to play this game, go to and create an account.

Then return to the home page and look for a link on the right hand side of the page that says, "show me games I can play." Once there, click on the word "select" at the end of the row for the "Texas Samsung 500 Beta 04/05/2009 game." Yes, I know it's a long name—but then again, this is a Beta test. Once in there, click on the save button in the upper right hand corner and you will be ready to play.

Just prior to the start of the Samsung 500, you will receive a text that welcomes you to this week's edition of the game and then the questions will start flowing.

If anyone would like to contact me for more information, feel free to send an email to and I will explain anything that might be unclear.

After the game is complete, I may send an email to some of you to see how the User Experience went, ask you to critique the questions and generally get your feedback—and that will allow us to create the most enjoyable game possible.

You'll also have the pride of being part of our development.

Thank you in advanc3.

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