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    NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup
    Thunder License Index
    
    Introduction
    ============
    
    The purpose of this FAQ is to give you a heads-up on which Thunder Plates will 
    unlock which things so that you will be able to make informed decisions on 
    which you'd like to purchase.  When I started up the game and went in to buy
    some, the first thing I did was try to find a FAQ that identified which each
    was so I didn't have to waste time buying some and then resetting.  I couldn't
    find a list, so I had to do that and at one point I unfortunately had the
    autosave on and exited and had to start all over again.  So here, for your
    convenience, is a list of all the Thunder Plates and what they do so that you
    know what you are getting yourself into when you spend your hard earned skill
    points.
    
    How this FAQ is organized...
    
    This FAQ is in a list format, broken down by categories.  The page number
    corresponds directly to the page in the thunder plates menu, while the
    separate number (1,2,3,4,5,6) correspond to their placement on that page.
    1 = Top left
    2 = Top middle
    3 = Top right
    4 = Bottom left
    5 = Bottom middle
    6 = Bottom right
    
    ========
    RACEPOLE
    ========
    
    I have yet to use one of these plates, but I would assume that they are a
    free ride for the pole during the season mode.  I am unsure as to which modes
    in which they can be used, as well as their definite use.  If someone can
    confirm this for me, I would credit you accordingly.
    
    Page 1
    1 RACEPOLE - Atlanta Motor Speedway
    2 RACEPOLE - Bristol Motor Speedway
    3 RACEPOLE - California Speedway
    4 RACEPOLE - Chicagoland Speedway
    5 RACEPOLE - Darlington
    6 RACEPOLE - Daytona International Speedway
    
    Page 2
    1 RACEPOLE - Dover International Speedway
    2 RACEPOLE - Homestead Miami Speedway
    3 RACEPOLE - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    4 RACEPOLE - Infineon Raceway
    5 RACEPOLE - Kansas Speedway
    6 RACEPOLE - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    
    Page 3
    1 RACEPOLE - Lowe's Motor Speedway
    2 RACEPOLE - Martinsville Speedway
    3 RACEPOLE - Michigan International Speedway
    4 RACEPOLE - New Hampshire International Speedway
    5 RACEPOLE - North Carolina Speedway
    6 RACEPOLE - Phoenix International Speedway
    
    Page 4
    1 RACEPOLE - Richmond International Speedway
    2 RACEPOLE - Talledega Super Speedway
    3 RACEPOLE - Texas Motor Speedway
    4 RACEPOLE - Watkin's Glen
    
    =========
    NEW EVENT
    =========
    
    These plates unlock new tracks or situations for use in different game
    modes.  They are marked here first by the track and then by stipulation.
    Night means that it opens up a night race version of that track.  Road
    means that it opens up the road course that is available at that track.
    Also, new tracks like the Old Spice Speedway can be opened up.  These
    plates are marked afterwards by the series for which they open up, such
    as Nextel or Craftsman.
    
    Page4
    5 NEW EVENT - Atlanta Motor Speedway/Night
    6 NEW EVENT - Darlington/Night
    
    Page 5
    1 NEW EVENT - Daytona International Speedway/Road
    2 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Craftsman
    3 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/National
    4 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Nextel
    5 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Production
    6 NEW EVENT - Dover International Speedway/Night
    
    Page 6
    1 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Featherlite
    2 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Craftsman
    3 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Nextel
    4 NEW EVENT - Las Vegas Motor Speedway/Night
    5 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/Craftsman
    6 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/National
    
    Page 7
    1 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/Nextel
    2 NEW EVENT - Martinsville Speedway/Night
    3 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Featherlite
    4 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Craftsman
    5 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Nextel
    6 NEW EVENT - Nazareth Speedway/Special Event/Featherlite
    
    Page 8
    1 NEW EVENT - Nazareth Speedway/Special Event/Nextel
    2 NEW EVENT - North Carolina Speedway/Night
    3 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Craftsman
    4 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/National
    5 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Nextel
    6 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Production
    
    Page 9
    1 NEW EVENT - Phoenix International Speedway/Road
    2 NEW EVENT - Red Ball Road Way/Special Event/Nextel
    3 NEW EVENT - Red Ball Road Way/Special Event/Production
    4 NEW EVENT - Richmond International Race Way/Day
    5 NEW EVENT - Speedway BLVD./Special Event/Nextel
    6 NEW EVENT - Talledega Super Speedway/Night
    
    Page 10
    1 NEW EVENT - Texas Motor Speedway/Road
    
    ========
    NUDRIVER
    ========
    
    These plates do just what they say - They unlock new drivers.  The
    first unlocks Dale Earnhardt, but the others all unlock no name drivers.
    The drivers are marked below by their number, sponsor and series.
    There really isn't any need to unlock these drivers, unless you're
    unlocking the complete set at the end.  The complete set unlocks
    different drivers than the other plates do, and there must be a good
    20 or 30 racers that it unlocks.  These racers are confirmed to be
    available in the NEXTEL series only -- all other series are unconfirmed.
    
    Page 10
    2 NUDRIVER - #3 Dale Earnhardt/Nextel
    3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Featherlite
    4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Featherlite
    5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Featherlite
    6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Featherlite
    
    Page 11
    1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Featherlite
    2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Featherlite
    3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Craftsman
    4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Craftsman
    5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Craftsman
    6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Craftsman
    
    Page 12
    1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Craftsman
    2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Craftsman
    3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Nextel
    4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Nextel
    5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Nextel
    6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Nextel
    
    Page 13
    1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Nextel
    2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Nextel
    3 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Gold/Nextel
    4 NUDRIVER - #100 Dover Monster/Nextel
    5 NUDRIVER - Fantasy Drivers Complete Set
                (at least 30 new NEXTEL drivers)
    
    ========
    NU PAINT
    ========
    
    These are the plates that we're all looking for.  Unfortunately,
    the "adult" sponsors are not in the game at all.  You'd expect maybe
    some sort of filter, but no.  So the Born-On Date Car... Not here.
    Kenseth's Smirnoff Ice car... Not here.  Depressing, I know, but we
    still have a good deal to choose from, including the GI Joe car and
    the Got Milk? car, my favorites.  To know what you're buying before
    you buy it, go into the car select screen and look at the driver you
    want.  You can find the paint scheme in there.  It'll be shawdowed,
    but you can still browse them there before you buy.
    
    Page 13
    6 NU PAINT  #01 GI Joe/Nemechek
    
    Page 14
    1 NU PAINT  #5 Platinum Frosted Flakes/Labonte
    2 NU PAINT  #5 Got Milk?/Labonte
    3 NU PAINT - #5 2003 Frosted Flakes/Labonte
    4 NU PAINT - #6 Inverse Pfizer/Martin
    5 NU PAINT - #6 Oscar Mayer/Martin
    6 NU PAINT - #6 Kraft/Martin
    
    Page 15
    1 NU PAINT - #10 Globetrotter's/Riggs
    2 NU PAINT - #12 2003 Alltel/Newman
    3 NU PAINT - #12 2003 50th Win/Newman
    4 NU PAINT - #15 2003 Stars and Stripes/Waltrip
    5 NU PAINT - #15 2003 Napa/Waltrip
    6 NU PAINT - #16 Subway/Biffle
    
    Page 16
    1 NU PAINT - #16 Grainger/Biffle
    2 NU PAINT - #17 DeWalt Million Dollar Challenge/Kenseth
    3 NU PAINT - #18 2003 Interstate Batteries/Labonte
    4 NU PAINT - #18 Incredible Hulk/Labonte
    5 NU PAINT - #20 Shrek 2/Stewart
    6 NU PAINT - #20 2003 Home Depot/Stewart
    
    Page 17
    1 NU PAINT - #21 Air Force/Rudd
    2 NU PAINT - #21 RentACenter/Rudd
    3 NU PAINT - #21 2003 Motorcraft/Rudd
    4 NU PAINT - #24 2003 Pepsi/Gordon
    5 NU PAINT - #24 DuPont Retro/Gordon
    6 NU PAINT - #29 35th Anniversary/Harvick
    
    Page 18
    1 NU PAINT - #29 2003 GM Shootout/Harvick
    2 NU PAINT - #29 2003 GM/Harvick
    3 NU PAINT - #30 35th Anniversary/Sauter
    4 NU PAINT - #31 35th Anniversary/Gordon
    5 NU PAINT - #31 2003 Cingular/GOrdon
    6 NU PAINT - #31 FDNY/Gordon
    
    Page 19
    1 NU PAINT - #31 2003 Cingular Inverse/Gordon
    2 NU PAINT - #38 2003 M&Ms/Sadler
    3 NU PAINT - #43 Box Tops for Education/Green
    4 NU PAINT - #45 Georgia-Pacific/Petty
    5 NU PAINT - #48 2003 Lowe's/Johnson
    6 NU PAINT - #48 2003 Power of Pride/Johnson
    
    Page 20
    1 NU PAINT - #88 2003 UPS/Jarrett
    2 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Rubbermaid/Busch
    3 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Sharpie/Busch
    4 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Irwin Paint/Busch
    5 NU PAINT - #97 Blue Ice/Busch
    6 NU PAINT - #99 Pennzoil/Burton
    
    =======
    SPONSOR
    =======
    
    These are for use in the custom car garage.  They are the sponsors
    that you can earn if you buy your own team in the career mode, but
    here they can be used to deck out your own car for use against
    your friends.
    
    Page 21
    1 SPONSOR - ALL PRO
    2 SPONSOR - AutoZone
    3 SPONSOR - Coca-Cola
    4 SPONSOR - Dodge
    5 SPONSOR - Dodge (Black)
    6 SPONSOR - Dodge (Black Metallic)
    
    Page 22
    1 SPONSOR - Uncle Handy's Racing Gloves
    2 SPONSOR - The Home Depot
    3 SPONSOR - Levi Strauss
    4 SPONSOR - McDonald's
    5 SPONSOR - Mr. Clean AutoDry
    6 SPONSOR - NBC Sports
    
    Page 23
    1 SPONSOR - Old Spice
    2 SPONSOR - O'Reilly
    3 SPONSOR - Romeo's Alternators
    4 SPONSOR - Joe's Snow Blowers
    
    ========
    PLATINUM
    ========
    
    This one baffles me.  Its the first one that I bought because its
    name threw me.  It is a pit crew team.  I believe they can be hired
    when you own either a Craftsman truck series, National, or Nextel
    series race team.  If someone can confirm this for me and how you
    go about hiring them, I will credit you accordingly.
    
    Page 23
    5 PLATINUM - Mr. Clean Pit Crew
    
    ========
    PROD CAR
    ========
    
    A welcomed, but unrealistic addition to NASACAR this year are the
    production cars.  You first come in contact with them when you load
    the game as you have to race Ryan Newman in Vipers.  From there on,
    as you win races, you'll be challenged by NEXTEL drivers in other
    cars, such as Jeff Gordon and the Chevy Corvette.  If you defeat them,
    you unlock the car, so I would wait on these thunder plates,
    especially since they cost 75,000 skill points a piece anyway.
    
    Page 23
    6 PROD CAR - Dodge Magnum
    
    Page 24
    1 PROD CAR - Dodge SRT-4
    2 PROD CAR - Dodge Viper
    3 PROD CAR - Ford GT
    4 PROD CAR - Ford Mustang GT
    5 PROD CAR - Chevy Corvette
    6 PROD CAR - Daytona Prototype
    
    Page 25
    1 PROD CAR - Ford SVT Lightning
    
    ===========
    OTHER STUFF
    ===========
    
    Thanks to the EA staff for making a game that keeps me up till
    3 in the morning.  This game is the most in depth as it gets.
    
    Copyright 2004 Matt Swan.

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