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                | NASCAR Thunder 2003 Racing Guide             |
                | by Stephen "Warhawk" Harris                  |
                | Covers: PlayStation2                         |
                | Date Created: 03.15.2003                     |
                | Last Modified: 06.06.2012                    |
                | Version: 2.0                                 |
                | Sites to be Found On: www.gamefaqs.com       |
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          -NASCAR Thunder is a registerd trademark of Electronic Arts-



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Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Contact
3. Version History
4. Controls
5. Tracks
      Part One: Licensed
      Part Two: Infield 
      Part Three: 2002 Race Winners
6. Drivers
      Part One: Cup 
      Part Two: Legends
      Part Trhee: Busch 
      Part Four: Fantasy
7. Lightning Challenges
8. Car Set-ups
      Part One: Regular Tracks
      Part Two: Infield Road Courses
9. Thunder Plates
10. Season Mode
11. Career Mode
      Part One: Introduction to Career Mode
      Part Two: Getting your Career started
12. Codes / Secrets
13. New Features
14. Credits / Legal Notice
15. Thank You


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1. Introduction
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Welcome to Warhawk's NASCAR Thunder 2003 Racing Guide.  I hope that you'll be
able to find this guide very informative and a couple things that weren't
covered in the other guide that is currently posted on Game FAQs.  With those
sections I am hoping that you'll be able to be successful while out on the 
track, and possibly win a few championships in both Season and Career modes.


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2. Contact
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To be able to contact Stephen "Warhawk" Harris please drop me an e-mail at
nd4spdhotrod [at] yahoo [dot] com, with any questions, comments or any 
information that you may believe that I may have missed in this guide.  
Please don't send any hateful mail because I will not tolerate it because it 
can be considered harassment, so please make sure you know what you want to 
ask/comment before you send the e-mail to me.  Be sure to have  "NASCAR
Thunder 2003" or "NT2003" in the subject so I don't accidently delete the
e-mail.  This includes sending e-mails with some picture which may be
inappropriate.  Please if you send me any e-mails with any kind of vulgar
language such as the "f" word.

I also have AIM and YIM messengers, but you can only be able to contact me
through YIM because due to an incident while I was on AIM I have decided to
have a closed list on AIM.  If you seem that you can't get a response from
me on YIM please feel free to e-mail me at the e-mail address that I have
given in this section or near the beginning of this guide for Silent Hill.
My YIM screen name is listed below if you need to get in contact me through
that mean instead of e-mailing me:


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3. Version History
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 Version 1.06
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 Added a few tracks in Tracks section


 Version 1.07
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 Updated Drivers Section


 Version 1.08
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 Updated Set-Ups section


 Version 1.09
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 Updated Drivers (legendary) section
 Added 31st Lightning Challenge
 Updated Controls section


 Version 1.10
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 Added ASCII Art (done by Dark Phenomenon)


 Version 1.11
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 Updated Legend Drivers Stats
 Updated Winston Cup Driver Stats


 Version 1.12
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 Done a few changes to NASCAR Thunder 2003 Racing Guide
 Deleted some of the Version History
 Done Season Mode


 Version 1.13
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 Updated Contact Info

 
 Version 1.14
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 Added Thunder Plates


 Version 1.15
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 Cleaned up NASCAR Thunder 2003 Race Guide a bit


 Version 1.25
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 Updated Driver Stats [Winston]
 Done Track Strategies [except for Infield/Fantasy Tracks]


 Version 1.25a
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 Updated the Codes/Secrets a bit


 Version 2.0
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 Cleaned up guide
 Updated Contact Info


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4. Controls
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In-Game Controls
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  Control                  Function
  -------                  --------
  X                        Throttle
  Square                   Brake
  Triangle                 Reverse
  Start                    Pause Game
  R1                       Shift Down
  Select                   Toggle Race Info / Race Map
  Circle                   Change Camera
  Left Analog Stick        Steering
  R2                       Shift Up


Menu Controls
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  Control                  Function
  -------                  --------
  D-Pad                    Choose
  X                        Accept
  Triangle                 Back
  L1                       View Driver Stats / Track Info


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5. Tracks
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Part One: Licensed Tracks
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Atlanta
Location: Hampton, GA                  Banking on Straightaways: 5*
Distance: 1.54 miles                   Back Stretch: 1,320 ft.
Track Type: Speedway                   Banking in Turns: 24*
Front Stretch: 1,415 ft.               Website: www.atlantamotorspeedway.com
Inaugral Race: 1960                    Seating Capacity: 
Events: MBNA America 400               Winner's Purse: 
        NAPA 500
        **Georgia 500**

Strategy
--------
As you come out of turn 4 you should be around 172 - 174 MPH as you exit the
turn towards the start/finish line.  As you go down the frontstretch you
should be able to reach around 194 - 195 MPH before entering turns 1 - 2.
When you go through turns 1 - 2 be sure to let off the gas before enter in
the turns to around and keep your speed steady to around 169 - 174 MPH through
the turns.  As you exit turn 2 you want to get near the wall but not real
close to where you end up scraping the wall and whatnot.  Before you enter
turns 3 - 4 your speed should reach to around 189 MPH before entering those
turns.  Just like you did in turns 1 - 2 let off the brake a bit until you
get down to around 170 - 171 MPH but a tip that I can give is to keep it
steady on the brake not just through turns 3 - 4 but as well as turns 1 - 2.

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Bristol
Location: Bristol, Tennessee           Front Straight: 650 ft.
Distance: .533 miles                   Back Straight: 650 ft.
Track Type: Short Track                Website: www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 36*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Straightaways: 16*          Winner's Purse: 
Inaugral Race: 1961
Events: Food City 500 
        Sharpie 500

Strategy
--------
Let's get to the point to how to get around this short but fast race track.
As you race out of turn 4 you want to be around 106 - 108 if you manage to
get out of turn 4 at those speeds.  As you go down the frontstretch across
the start/finish line and before you enter turns 1 - 2 you might be able to
reach to around 125 - 129 maybe a few MPH under that.  As you brake to enter
the turns 1 - 2 slow down to around 106 - 108 MPH.  As you exit turn 2 to
head down the backstretch just like any other track be sure not to hit the
wall or you'll loose speed.  As you go down the backstretch you should get to
around 129 MPH before braking for turns 3 - 4.  When you go through turns 3 -
4, you want to be around 106 - 108 through the turns.  As you exit turn 4 do
the same as you did on the backstretch but this time to the start/finish line.

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California
Location: Fontana California           Banking on Back Straight: 3*
Distance: 2.0 miles                    Front Straight: 3,100 ft.
Track Type: Oval                       Back Straight: 2,500 ft.
Banking in Turns: 14*                  Website: www.californiaspeedway.com
Banking on Front Straight: 11*         Seating Capacity: 
Inaugral Race: 1997                    Winner's Purse: 
Event: NAPA Auto Parts 500

Strategy
--------
California is a track with not very much banking which allows for long green
flag racing.  As you exit out of turn 4 you should be around 165 - 168 MPH as
you head towards the start/finish line.  As you race down the frontstretch
you can be able to reach around 195 MPH before entering turns 1 - 2.  When
you start to brake into turns 1 - 2 you should be around 166 - 170 MPH, then
as you exit turn 2 be sure to race up near the wall as you head down the
backstretch.  You will reach to around 191 MPH before braking for turns 3 -
4, and when you enter turns 3 - 4 drop your speed to around 166 - 170 MPH.
As you exit turn 4 you should be around 175 MPH and gaining as you exit turn
4 racing to the start/finish line.

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Chicagoland
Location: Joliet, Illinois             Front Straight: 2,400 ft.
Distance: 1.5 miles                    Back Straight: 1,700 ft. 
Track Type: Speedway                   Website: www.chicagolandspeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 18*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Front Stretch: 11*          Winner's Purse:
Banking on Back Stretch: 5*
Inaugral Race: 2001
Event: Tropicana 400

Strategy
--------
Chicagoland is almost similar to Las Vegas, but at Chicago the speeds seem to
be a bit higher than at Vegas.  As you exit out of turn 4 you should be
around 166 - 168 MPH as you head down the frontstretch to the start/finish
line.  As you race down the frontstretch you should reach a speed around 191
MPH before heading into turns 1 - 2.  As you brake to head in turns 1 - 2
slow down to around 165 - 167 as you head through the turns, and as you exit
out of turn 2 slide up by the wall but not too close though.  As you race
down the backstretch, reaching a speed to around 188 MPH before heading
through turns 3 - 4.  When you brake to go through turns 3 - 4 to around 165 -
167 MPH through turns 3 - 4.  Now as you exit turn 4 around 170 or better to
the start/finish line.

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Darlington
Location: Darlington, South Carolina   Front Stretch: 1,229 ft.
Distance: 1.366 miles                  Back Stretch: 1,229 ft.
Track Type: Superspeedway              Website: www.darlingtonraceway.com
Banking in Turns: 25*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Straights: 2*               Winner's Purse:
Inaugral Race: 1950
Events: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 
        Mountain Dew Southern 500

Strategy
--------
Alright let's get to the strategy of how to get around this legendary track.
When you exit turn 4 heading onto the frontstretch you want to be around 140
- 143 MPH heading towards the start/finish line.  When you head down the
fronstretch to turns 1 - 2 of a speed around 175 MPH before entering turns 1
- 2.  As you go through turns 1 - 2 slow down to around 150 - 156 MPH by the
time you exit out of turn 2.  As you race down the backstretch be up by the
wall but be sure not to try getting your Darlington stripe.  Before you head
in turns 3 - 4 you should be able to get a speed of around 180 MPH.  As you
brake to go through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 133 - 140 MPH as you come
out of turn 4 to the start/finish line.

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Daytona
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida       Front Straight: 3,800 ft.
Distance: 2.5 miles                    Back Straight: 3,400 ft.
Track Type: Superspeedway              Website: www.daytonaintlspeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 31*                  Seating Capacity:
Banking on Tri-Oval: 18*               Winner's Purse: 
Banking on Straight: 3*
Inaugral Race: 1959
Events: The Shootout [aka "Bud Shootout"]
        Daytona 500
        Pepsi 400

Strategy
--------
Let's get on with on how to get around the Daytona International Speedway.
As you come out of turn 4 you want to be around 182 MPH as you go onto the
frontstretch towards the start/finish line.  As you head down the
frontstretch you should be able to reach around 195 MPH before going into
turns 1 - 2.  At Daytona you don't need to brake going through the turns at a
track like this.  All you want to do is be down by the yellow line as you go
through turns 1 - 2 at around 188 - 190 MPH through the turns.  As you exit
turn 2 you want to be up by the wall as you go down the backstretch reaching
a speed to around 196 MPH before going in turns 1 - 2.  You want to go
through turns 3 - 4 like you did when you went through turns 1 - 2 at around
189 MPH.  Once you exit turn 4 you should be around 190 by the exit of the
turn heading to the start/finish line.

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Daytona Infield Course
Location:  Daytona Beach, Florida      Website: N/A
Distance:                              Seating Capacity:  
Track Type:  Road Course               Winner's Purse:
Banking in Turns:  Various
Inaugral Race:  1959
Event:  

Strategy
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Dover Downs
Location: Dover, Delaware              Front Stretch: 1,076 ft.
Distance: 1.0 miles                    Back Stretch: 1,076 ft.
Track Type:  Speedway                  Website: www.doverdowns.com
Banking in Turns: 24*                  Seating Capacity:  
Banking on Straights: 9*               Winner's Purse:
Inaugral Race: 1969
Events: MBNA Platinum 400 
        MBNA All-American Heroes 400
        **Dover 400**

Strategy
--------
Alright let's get to how to get around the track known as "The Monster Mile"
Dover Downs.  As you race coming out of turn 4 you want to be around 150 -
153 MPH as you come off onto the frontstretch.  As you go down the
frontstretch you will reach around 170 MPH before you brake to enter turns 1 -
2.  When you slow down to go through turns 1 - 2 brake to around 146 - 151 MPH
to get through turns 1 - 2.  As you exit turn 2 slide safely up by the wall
as you go down the backstretch.  You will reach around 170 MPH before
entering turns 3 - 4, and when you go through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around
146 - 151 as you go through turns 3 - 4, be sure on the exit of turn 4 to get
on the gas and hit it.

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Homestead-Miami
Location: Homestead, Florida           Front Stretch: 1,760 ft.
Distance: 1.5 miles                    Back Stretch: 1,760 ft.
Track Type:  Speedway                  Website: www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 6*                   Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Front Straight: 2*          Winner's Purse:
Inaugral Race: 1999
Event: Ford 400

Strategy
--------
As you come out of turn 4 you want to be around 144 - 146 MPH as you set up to
go down the frontstretch.  Before heading into turns 1 - 2 you should be able
to get up to around 170 MPH and as you head through turns 1 - 2 you want to be
around 129 - 133 MPH.  As you exit turn 2 at 135 or better heading down the 
backstretch you should be able to reach 180 MPH just like when you were on the 
frontstretch before entering turns 3 - 4.  You want to take turns 3 - 4 like
turns 1 - 2 around 129 - 133 MPH, and then back onto the fronstretch.

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Homstead-Miami Infield Course
Location: Homestead, Florida           Webstie: N/A
Distance:                              Seating capacity: 
Track Type:  Road Course               Winner's Purse:  
Banking in Turns:
Inaugral Race: 1999
Event: 

Strategy
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Indianapolis
Location: Speedway, Indiana            Front Stretch: 3,300 ft.
Distance: 2.5 miles                    Back Stretch: 3,300 ft.
Track Type:  Superspeedway             Website: www.brickyard.com
Banking in Turns: 12*                  Seating Capacity:  
Banking on Straights: 9*               Winner's Purse:
Inaugral Race: 1994
Event: Brickyard 400

Strategy
--------
As you exit out of turn 4 you should be around 160 - 163 MPH as you head onto
the frontstretch.  As you go down the frontstretch you want to try to get
around 196 MPH before entering turn 1.  When go through turn 1 you want to be
around 156 - 162 MPH going through turn 1, but there'll be a bit of a short
stretch before turn 2 in which you can gain a bit of speed but slow down to
around 156 - 162 MPH through turn 2.  As you race down the backstretch it's
quite long before you get to turn 3, but before you enter turn 3 you might be
able to reach around 197 MPH before you go about entering turn 3.  As you go
through turn 3 it's just like when you did in turns 1 - 2 around 156 - 162
MPH then you'll have a small stretch before turn 4, and the same speed for
turn 4 156 - 162 MPH before going back onto the frontstretch.

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Infineon
Location: Sonama, California           Seating Capacity:
Distance: 2.0 miles                    Winner's Purse:
Track Type: Road Course
Website: www.infineonraceway.com
Inaugral Race: 1989
Event: Dodge/Save Mart 350

Strategy
--------
When you race at this track you want to have good acceleration because that
is one of the keys to doing well at a track like Infineon Raceway.  As you
come out of turn 10 you want to be around 35 - 50 MPH going through the
hairpin hugging the turn but not too  much because you don't want to hit the
tires, as you head to the start/finish line.  As you cross the line there'll
be a small turn to the left [turn 1] around 122 MPH as you approach turn 2
you want to be around 98 - 102 MPH going through turn 2.  Turn 3 isn't that
far off because you'll have to slow down to around 65 - 70 MPH going through
turn 3 then onto a small stretch to turn 4.  Turn 4 slow down to around 88 -
92 MPH and turn 5 isn't far off from turn 4.  To take turn 5 well slow down
to around 65 - 75 MPH as you go down another stretch to turn 6.  Before you
approach turn 6 you want to start slowing down just a few feet before
entering turn 6 and go through the turn at least 75 - 80MPH while the next
turn, turn 7 will come quickly.

This is one of the tight turns at this 1.949 mile road course in which you
have to slow down to around 45 - 50 MPH to go through this turn.  Next you'll
have to take on the ESSES at around 88 - 100 MPH through those set of turns,
before taking on turn 8.  As you approach turn 8 you want to slow down to
around 138 MPH going through the turn and then have to set up for turn 9 at
around 109 - 116 MPH.  After you get through turn 9 you will now have to get
set up for turn 10 [last turn] which is a hairpin.  You will have to slow
down just a few feet before pit road, to around 35 - 50 MPH as you go through
turn 10.  Once you have gone through the last turn now it's time to head back
to the start/finish line.

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Kansas
Location: Kansas City, Kansas          Banking on Front Stretch: 10*
Distance: 1.5 miles                    Banking on Back Stetch: 5*
Track Type: Speedway                   Website: www.kasasspeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 15*                  Seating Capacity:
Inaugral Race: 2001                    Winner's Purse:
Event: Protection One 400

Strategy
--------
Kansas is a 1.5 mile tri oval speedway that is similar to Chicago but you
probably won't be able to go through the turns like you can at Chicago.  As
you race out of turn 4 you will want to be around 160 - 164 MPH as you go
down the frontstretch to the start/finish line.  You will reach around 192
MPH before entering turns 1 - 2 and as you go through turns 1 - 2 you want to
be around 161 - 163 MPH.  As you exit out of turn 2 you want to race up by
the wall, as you go down the backstretch.  You should be able to reach up to
around 188 MPH before entering turns 3 - 4.  When you go through turns 3 - 4
you want to be around 161 - 163 MPH through those turns because if you go
around 165 - 170 MPH you will most likely hit the wall before you exit turn 4.

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Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada            Front Stretch: 2,275 ft.
Distance: 1.5 miles                    Back Stretch: 1,572 ft.
Track Type: Speedway                   Website: www.lvms.com
Banking in Turns: 12*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Front Stretch: 8*           Winner's Purse:
Banking on Back Stretch: 5*
Inaugral Race: 1997
Event: UAW-Damilier Crysler 400

Strategy
--------
Like I said this is a flat 1.5 mile track that may be a bit tricky getting
good lap times at but it's knowing how to get good speed through the flat
turns.  As you come out of turn 4 you want to be around 152 - 157 MPH as you
go down the frontstretch to the line.  As you go down the frontstretch you
should be able to reach around 189 MPH before heading into turns 1 - 2.  When
you get ready to go through turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around 152 -
157 MPH to get onto the backstretch.  As you get on the backstretch get by
the wall as you go towards turns 3 - 4.  You should be able to reach around
183 MPH before you head into turns 3 - 4 but when you brake to go through
turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 152 - 157 MPH going through turns 3 - 4 as
you head back onto the frontstretch heading to the line.

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Lowe's (Charlotte)
Location: Concord, North Carolina      Front Stretch: 1,952 ft.
Distance: 1.5 miles                    Back Stretch: 1,360 ft.
Track Type: Speedway                   Website: www.lowesmotorspeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 24*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Front Stretch: 5*           Winner's Purse: 
Inaugral Race: 1960
Events: The All-Star [aka "The Winston"]
        Coca-Cola 600 
        UAW-GM Quality 500

Strategy
--------
A lap at Lowe's Motor Speedway can be fast around this 1.5 mile D-shaped
oval.  As you head out of turn 4 be careful that you don't let the car get
loose coming out of the turn.  You want to exit turn 4 at around 156 - 160
MPH heading down the frontstretch towards the start/finish line.  You may be
able to reach around 185 - 187 MPH before heading into turns 1 - 2 and as you
do brake to around 161 - 163 through turns 1 - 2 as you go onto the
backstretch.  As you race down the backstretch you should be able to reach
around 185 - 188 MPH before you go through turns 3 - 4, and as you brake to
go through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 156 - 160 MPH but like I said for
exiting turn 4 be sure not to get loose coming out of the turn because you
really don't want that to happen.

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Martinsville
Location: Martinsville, Virginia       Front Stretch: 800 ft.
Distance: .526 miles                   Back Stretch: 800 ft.
Track Type: Short Track                Website: www.martinsvillespeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 12*                  Seating Capacity: 
Inaugral Race: 1953                    Winner's Purse:
Events: Virgina 500 
        Old Diminion 500

Strategy
--------
When racing at Martinsville you don't want to wait til around the last minute
to brake but you want to brake at a certain point of the track so you can go
about getting through the turns with ease.  As you come out of turn 4 you
should be around 65 - 68 MPH as you exit turn 4 onto the frontstretch to the
start/finish line.  Since both stretches are only 800 ft. you won't have much
time before you will have to brake again for turns 1 - 2.  Use the paint on
the walls to help you know when to brake for the entering of the turns.
For example where it has NASCAR Racing Cup Series ends to start braking for
turns 1 - 2.  Before you start to brake you should be able to reach around
121 MPH and once you get to the end of where it has NASCAR Racing Cup series
to brake for turns 1 - 2 to around 62 - 65 MPH through turns 1 - 2.

As you exit off of turn 2 going down the backstretch, but you'll have to do
like you done on the front stretch.  The only problem is that you'll have to
use a different paint on the wall as a marker to slow down for turns 3 - 4.
Just like on the frontstretch you should be able to reach around 118 - 121
MPH, before going into turns 3 - 4.  Look for part of the concrete wall in
black and use the end of that as a marker to slow down for turns 3 - 4.  Like
in turns 1 - 2 slow down to around 62 - 65 MPH but should be able to gain a
bit of speed as you exit out of turn 4 down the frontstretch again.

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Michigan
Location: Brooklyn, Michigan           Front Stretch: 3,600 ft.
Distance: 2.0 miles                    Back Stretch: 2,242 ft.
Track Type: Speedway                   Website: www.mispeedway.com
Banking in Turns: 18*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Front Stretch: 12*          Winner's Purse: 
Banking on Back Stretch: 5*
Inaugral Race: 1969
Events: Sirius Satellite Radio 400 
        Pepsi 400
        **Motor City 400**

Strategy
--------
Michigan International Speedway isn't a hard track to get the hang of because
with the 18* in the turns it can produce some exciting and/or fast laps at
this 2.0 mile track.  As you race out of turn 4 you want to be around 168 -
173 MPH as you head onto the frontstretch to the start/finish line.  Before
heading into turns 1 - 2 you should be able to reach around 201 MPH but as
you get ready into head into turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
175 - 177 MPH through turns 1 - 2 going onto the backstretch.  When you head
down the backstretch sling up near the wall but before you enter turns 3 - 4
you should reach around 197 MPH before heading into turns 3 - 4.  As you go
through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 168 - 172 MPH going through turns 3 -
4 as you head back to the start/finish line.

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New Hampshire
Location: Loudon, New Hampshire        Front Stretch: 1,500 ft.
Distance: 1.058 miles                  Back Stretch: 1,500 ft.
Track Type: Speedway                   Website: www.nhis.com
Banking in Turns: 12*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Straights: 2*               Winner's Purse: 
Inaugral Race: 1993
Events: New England 300 
        New Hampshire 300

Strategy
--------
New Hampshire is a track that is similar to Martinsville but the only thing
that makes this track different from Martinsville is that this track is paved
while Martinsville is paved with concrete.  With the relatively long
straights at this track you don't want to get a blown engine before entering
the turns because nobody likes getting a blown engine that can result in a
DNF.  As you come out of turn 4 you want to be around 106 - 109 as you come
out of turn 4 onto the frontstretch to the line.  Before you head into turns
1 - 2 you should be able to reach around 150 MPH before heading through turns
1 - 2.  As you slow down to take turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
95 - 102 MPH but the 95 - 99 MPH from turn 1 to turn 2 but get back on the
gas around the middle to exit of turn 2.  Now you are going down the
backstretch which you want to slide up by the wall going down the backstretch
heading to turns 3 - 4.  Just like the frontstretch you should be able to
reach around 147 - 150 MPH before heading into turns 3 - 4.  As you approach
turns 3 - 4 you want to slow down to around 95 - 102 MPH but you'll want to
do the same as mentioned on how to take turns 1 - 2 as you go through the
turns back onto the frontstretch onto the frontstretch again.

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North Carolina
Location: Rockingham, North Carolina   Front Stretch: 1,300 ft.
Distance: 1.018 miles                  Back Stretch: 1,367 ft.
Track Type: Short Track                Website: www.northcarolinaspeedway.com
Banking in Turns 1 - 2: 22*            Seating Capacity: 
Banking in Turns 3 - 4: 25*            Winner's Purse: 
Banking on Straights: 8*
Inaugral Race: 
Events: Subway 400 
        Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400

Strategy
--------
Since this track is a little tricky particularly that you can get around this
track fast except that you'll have to be careful getting out of the turns
such as turn 2.  As you race out of turn 4 you want to be around 136 - 140
MPH heading onto the frontstretch towards the line.  Before slowing down for
turns 1 - 2 you should be able to reach around 168 MPH before entering turns
1 - 2.  As you brake to go through turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
128 - 135 MPH as you reach the backstretch up by the wall.  As you go down
the backstretch you will reach a speed of around 165 MPH before heading into
turns 3 - 4.  As you get ready to brake to enter turns 3 - 4 you want to slow
down to around 128 - 135 MPH as you go through the turns as you head back
onto the fronstretch towards the line.

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Phoenix
Location: Avondale, Arizona            Front Stretch: 1,179 ft.
Distance: 1.0 miles                    Back Stretch: 1,551 ft.
Track Type: Short Track                Website: www.phoenixintlspeedway.com
Banking in Turns 1 - 2: 11*            Seating Capacity: 
Banking in Turns 3 - 4: 9*             Winner's Purse: 
Banking on Straights: 0*
Inaugral Race: 1988
Event: Checker Auto Parts 500k

Strategy
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Since this track is a little tricky particularly that you can get around this
track fast except that you'll have to be careful getting out of the turns
such as turn 2.  As you race out of turn 4 you want to be around 125 - 128
MPH heading onto the frontstretch towards the line.  Before slowing down for
turns 1 - 2 you should be able to reach around 159 MPH before entering turns
1 - 2.  As you brake to go through turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
108 - 120 MPH as you reach the backstretch up by the wall.  As you go down
the backstretch you will reach a speed of around 163 MPH before heading into
turns 3 - 4.  As you get ready to brake to enter turns 3 - 4 you want to slow
down to around 120 - 126 MPH as you go through the turns as you head back
onto the fronstretch towards the line.

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Phoenix Infield Course
Location: 
Distance: 
Track Type: Road Course
Banking in Turns
Inaugral Race: 

Strategy: 

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Pocono
Location: Long Pond, Pennsylvania      Banking on Straights: 1*
Distance: 2.5 Miles                    Front Stretch: 3,740 ft.
Track Type: Super Speedway             Back Stretch: 3,055 ft.
Banking in Turn 1: 14*                 Website: www.poconoraceway.com
Banking in Turn 2:  8*                 Seating Capacity: 
Banking in Turn 3:  6*                 Winner's Purse: 
Inagural Race: 1974
Events: Pocono 500 
        Pennsylvania 500

Strategy
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Racing at this 2.5 mile triangular track may require a bit of speed but you
have to be sure to slow down good enough through the turns to be real good at
this particular track.  As you come out of turn 3 you want to be around 150 -
152 MPH as you exit turn 3 onto the frontstretch.  The frontstretch you can
gain a lot of speed if you have a good car setup for Pocono to reach a good
amount of speed before entering turn 1.  Before entering turn 1 you will reach
around 199 MPH but you may start to brake at the 2 or 1 marker to get through
turn 1.  You want to try to slow down to around 148 - 152 MPH through turn 1
as you go onto the second stretch as you approach turn 2 "Tunnel Turn".

Your speed should reach around 192 but I wouldn't try to get up that far
because it may be a bit too fast but when you go through turn 2 "Tunnel Turn"
you want to slow down to around 145 - 148 MPH to get through turn 2.  Now
you'll go down the third stretch which is the shortest stretch on this track,
you will reach around 179 MPH before heading through turn 3 at this unique
track.  As you go through turn 3 you want to be around 146 - 148 MPH going
through turn 3 back on your way to the frontstretch.

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Pocono Infield Course
Location: Long Pond, Pennsyvania       Webstie: N/A
Distance:                              Seating Capacity: 
Track Type: Road Course                Winner's Purse:
Banking in Turns: 
Inaugral Race:

Strategy:

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Richmond
Location: Richmond, Virginia           Front Stretch: 1,290 ft.
Distance: .750 miles                   Back Stretch: 860 ft.
Track Type: Short Track                Website: www.richmondracewaycomplex.com
Banking in Turns: 14*                  Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Front Stretch: 8*           Winner's Purse: 
Banking on Back Stretch: 2*
Inaugral Race: 1953
Events: Pontiac Excitement 400 
        Chevy Monte Carlo 400
        **Richmond 400**

  Strategy:
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Richmond International Raceway is a fast short track that can be a fun place
to race at besides Bristol Motor Speedway.  As you race off of turn 4 you
should exit turn 4 at around 105 - 108 MPH heading down the frontstretch
heading towards the line.  You may have to brake around a 100 ft. before
heading into turns 1 - 2.  Before heading into turns 1 - 2 you will reach
around 146 MPH before you head through turns 1 - 2.  As you slow down to go
through turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around 98 - 106 MPH as you go
through turns 1 - 2, then onto the backstretch sliding as close to the wall
as possible.  As you head down the backstretch you should be able to reach
around 142 MPH before heading into turns 3 - 4.  You want to brake around a
100 ft. before the yellow line at the beginning of turn 3 to around 98 - 106
MPH as you head back to the line for a lap around RIR.

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Talladega
Location: Talladega, Alabama            Front Stretch: 4,300 ft.
Distance: 2.66 miles                    Back Stretch: 4,000 ft.
Track Type: Superspeedway               Website: www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
Banking in Turns 1 - 2: 33*             Seating Capacity: 
Banking on Front Stretch: 18*           Winner's Purse: 
Banking on Back Stretch: 2*
Inaugral Race: 1969
Events: Aaron's 499
        **Alabama 400**
        EA Sports 500

Strategy
--------
Talladega Superspeedway was built to be the fastest, most competitive
racetrack on the NASCAR curcuit.  This can be a fast track to get around and
let's get to on how to get around this 2.66 mile racetrack.  As you come out
of turn 4 you want to be around 188MPH as you head through the tri-oval and
to the start/finish line.  Before you head into turns 1 - 2 you should be
around 195MPH before heading in to turns 1 - 2.  As you race through turns 1 -
2 you want to be around 191 - 194MPH.  When you exit out of turn 2 you want to
drift up towards the wall heading down the backstretch.  Before you enter
turns 3 - 4 you should be able to reach around 197MPH before heading in turns
3 - 4.  When you race through turns 3 - 4 you want to be around 192 - 196MPH
while racing through turns 3 - 4, then head through the frontstretch and the
tri-oval then finally cross the start/finish line.  That's how you get around
Talladega Superspeedway.

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Talladega Infield Course
Location: Talladega, Alabama           Website: N/A
Distance:                              Seating Capacity: 
Track Type: Road Course                Winner's Purse: 
Banking in Turns: 
Inagural Race: 
Event: 

Strategy:

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Texas
Location: Fort Worth, Texas            Banking on Straights: 5*
Distance: 1.5 miles                    Front Stretch: 2,250 ft.
Track Type: Speedway                   Back Stretch: 1,330 ft.
Banking in Turns 1 - 2: 24*            Website: www.texasmotorspeedway.com
Banking in Turns 3 - 4: 8*             Seating capacity: 
Inaugral Race: 1997                    Winner's Purse: 
Event: Samsung Radioshack 400

Strategy
--------
Racing at the Texas Motor Speedway can be quite fast to race at, but you
don't want to carry too much speed through the turns unless you want to hit
the wall.  As you come out of Turn 4 you want to be around 169 MPH, as you
head towards the start/finish line.  You will reach around 187 MPH before
heading into Turn 1, but when you go through turns 1 - 2 at around 167 - 168
MPH through the turns.  As you exit out of turn 2 you should be able to reach
to around 184 MPH before entering Turn 3.  When you approach Turns 3 - 4,
you want to do the same as you did in Turns 1 - 2 but you may want to slow
down a bit to around 166 - 168 MPH as you go through turns 3 - 4.  As you
exit turn 4 you want to be smooth on the exit of the turn as you head to the
start/finish line.

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Texas Infield Course
Location: Fort Worth, Texas            Website: N/A
Distance:                              Seating Capacity: 
Track Type: Road Course                Winner's Purse: 
Banking in Turns:
Inaugral Race: 
Event:

Strategy:

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Tiburon**
Location: Orlando, Florida             Banking on Straights: 
Distance: 3.0 Miles                    Website: N/A
Track Type: Superspeedway              Seating Capacity: 
Banking in Turns 1 - 2:
Banking in Turns 3 - 4:
Inaugral Race: 2002
Event: Tiburon 500

Strategy:

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Watkins Glen
Location: Watkins Glen, New York          Seating Capacity: 
Distance: 2.454 miles                     Winner's Purse: 
Track Type: Road Course
Website: www.theglen.com
Inaugral Race: 1948
Event: Sirius Satellite Radio @ The Glen

Strategy
--------
Racing at Watkins Glen can be fun to race at because it isn't anything like
Infineon Raceway where there's like a turn almost every time after you make
one.  As you come out of turn 11, you want to be around 95 - 109 MPH as you
go onto the frontstretch to the start/finish line.  To be able to brake good
enough for turn 1 start to brake just a few feet before you see the
markers [3 2 1].  As you get ready for turn 1 you'll be able to reach to
around 163 MPH, and then you'll have to slow down to around 70 - 75 MPH to
take on turn 1.  After you have made it through turn 1, then you'll have to
get ready for turn 2 with turn 3 not long after that.  When you get ready to
go through turn 2 slow down to around 124 - 126 MPH going through turn 2,
but with turn 3 slow down to around 120 - 123 MPH [don't be suprised if you
have to slow down a bit more].  Then you have to get through turn 4 at around
140 - 145 by the exit out of turn 4 going down one of two stretches, on this
2.454 mile road course.

Now you have to get ready for the "Inner Loop" where turns 5, 6, 7, 8 are
located.  There will be markers in preparation to slow down for this "Inner
Loop" starting with 600 [representing 600 ft.].  Start slowing down just a bit
before the marker to around 79 - 82 MPH to take turns 5 - 6 with turns 7 - 8
not long after 5 - 6.  You want to try to go through turns 7 - 8 at around
89 - 92 MPH before entering turn 9.  To get through turn 9 good, keep your
speed around 102 MPH and when you exit turn 9 get on the brake to around 108
MPH on the exit on the second stretch of this road course.  You should be
able to reach around 165 MPH before entering turn 10, but when you get ready
for turn 10 start to slow down between the end of concrete wall and the 300
ft. marker.  When you do slow down to around 90 - 94 MPH going through turn
10 and onto a small stretch before turn 11.  As you get ready for turn 11
slow down to around 95 - 109 MPH through turn 11 to go to the start/finish
line again.



               **Strategies based on car set-up used for that track**


     ---NOTE: Stratgies may be different for when playing in Career Mode
              and some tracks may have more than the 1 or 2 events
              depending on the track.  Infield Courses and Tiburon
              track NOT AVAILABLE in Career Mode---


      
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Part Three: 2002 Race Winners
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Event                           Track             Race Winner(s)
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Bud Shootout*                   Daytona           Tony Stewart
Gatorade Twin 125s*             Daytona           Jeff Gordon / Jimmie Johnson**
Daytona 500                     Daytona           Ward Burton
Subway 400                      N. Carolina       Matt Kenseth
UAW-Damilier Crysler 400        Las Vegas         Sterling Marlin
MBNA America 500                Atlanta           Tony Stewart
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400      Darlington        Sterling Marlin
Food City 500                   Bristol           Kurt Busch
Samsung/Radioshack 500          Texas             Matt Kenseth
Virginia 500                    Martinsville      Bobby Labonte
Aaron's 499                     Talladega         Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NAPA Auto Parts 500             California        Jimmie Johnson**
Pontiac Excitement 400          Richmond          Tony Stewart
The Winston Open*               Lowe's            Jeremy Mayfield
No-Bull Sprint*                 Lowe's            Ryan Newman**
The Winston*                    Lowe's            Ryan Newman**
Coca-Cola Racing Family 600     Lowe's            Mark Martin
MBNA Platinum 400               Dover Downs       Jimmie Johnson**
Pocono 500                      Pocono            Dale Jarrett
Sirius Satellite Radio 400      Michigan          Matt Kenseth
Dode/Savemart 350               Infineon          Ricky Rudd
Pepsi 400                       Daytona           Michael Waltrip
Tropicana 400                   Chicagoland       Kevin Harvick
New England 300                 New Hampshire     Ward Burton
Pennsylvaina 500                Pocono            Bill Elliott
Brickyard 400                   Indinapolis       Bill Elliott
Sirius Satellite @ The Glen     Watkins Glen      Tony Stewart
Pepsi 400                       Michigan          Dale Jarrett
Sharpie 500                     Bristol           Jeff Gordon
Mountain Dew/Southern 500       Darlington        Jeff Gordon
Chevy Monte Carlo 400           Richmond          Matt Kenseth
New Hampshire 300               New Hampshire     Ryan Newman**
MBNA All-American Heroes 400    Dover Downs       Jimmie Johnson**
Protection One 400              Kansas            Jeff Gordon
EA SPORTS 500                   Talladega         Dale Earnhardt Jr.
UAW-GM Quality 500              Lowe's            Jamie McMurray
Old Dominion 500                Martinsville      Kurt Busch
NAPA 500                        Atlanta           Kurt Busch
Pop Secret 500                  N. Carolina       Johnny Benson
Checker Auto Parts 500k         Phoenix           Matt Kenseth
Ford 400                        Homestead         Kurt Busch



                         o-------------------------------o
                         |       CONGRATULATIONS TO      |
                         |          TONY STEWART         |
                         |   2002 WINSTON CUP CHAMPION   |
                         o-------------------------------o


                             o------------------------o
                             |   * - Non-Point Race   |
                             |  ** - 2002 Rookie      |
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6. Drivers
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Part One: Cup
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  John Andretti
 Car Owner: Richard Petty
 Team: Petty Enterprises
 Hometown:
 Car #: 43
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Model: Intrepid
 Sponsor: Cheerios
 Rookie Year: 1994
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 298
Poles: 4
Wins: 2
Top 5's: 13
Top 10's: 36

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  Casey Atwood
 Car Owner: Jim Smith
 Team: Ultra Motorsports
 Hometown:
 Car #: 7
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Make: Intrepid
 Sponsor: Sirius Satellite Radio
 Rookie Year: 2001
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 73
Poles: 1
Wins: 0
Top 5's: 1
Top 10's: 4

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  Johnny Benson                        **1996 Rookie of the Year**
 Car Owner:
 Team:
 Hometown: 
 Car #: 10
 Car Make: Pontiac
 Car Model: Gran Prix
 Sponsor: Valvoline
 Rookie Year: 1996
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 228
Poles: 2
Wins: 1
Top 5's: 16
Top 10's: 54

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  Todd Bodine
 Car Owner:
 Team:
 Hometown: Chemung, New York
 Car #: 26
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Discover
 Rookie Year: 
 Alternate Skins: None

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 169
Poles: 5
Wins: 0
Top 5's: 7
Top 10's: 20

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  Jeff Burton                        **1994 Rookie of the Year**
 Car Owner: Jack Roush
 Team: Roush Racing
 Hometown: South Boston, Virginia
 Car #: 99
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Citgo
 Rookie Year: 1994
 Alternate Skins: 

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 295
Poles: 2
Wins: 17
Top 5's: 86
Top 10's: 133

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  Ward Burton
 Car Owner: Bill Davis
 Team: Bill Davis Racing
 Hometown: South Boston, Virginia
 Car #: 22
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Model: Intrepid
 Sponsor: Caterpillar
 Rookie Year: 1994
 Alternate Skins: 

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 286
Poles: 7
Wins: 5
Top 5's: 24
Top 10's: 75

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  Kurt Busch
 Car Owner: Jack Roush
 Team: Roush Racing
 Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
 Car #: 97
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Tarus
 Sponsor: Rubbermaid
 Rookie Year: 2001
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 78
Poles: 2
Wins: 4
Top 5's: 15
Top 10's: 26

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  Ricky Craven
 Car Owner: Cal Wells III
 Team: PPI Motorsports
 Hometown: Bangor, Maine
 Car #: 32
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: TIDE
 Rookie Year: 1995
 Alternate Skins:


    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 216
Poles: 6
Wins: 1
Top 5's: 14
Top 10's: 33

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  Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 Car Owner: Teresa Earnhardt
 Team: Dale Earnhardt Inc.
 Hometown:
 Car #: 8
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: Dale Earnhardt Jr.*
 Rookie Year: 2000
 Alternate Skins:


    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 111
Poles: 6
Wins: 7
Top 5's: 23
Top 10's: 46

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  Bill Elliott                        **1988 Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: Ray Evernham
 Team: Evernham Motorsports
 Hometown: Dawsonville, Georgia
 Car #: 9
 Car Make: Dodge
 Car Model: Intrepid
 Sponsor: Dodge
 Rookie Year: 1976
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 1
Stats: 695
Poles: 55
Wins: 43
Top 5's: 166
Top 10's: 307

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  Jeff Gordon                        **4-Time Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: Rick Hendrick            **1993 Rookie of the Year**
 Team: Hendrick Motorsports
 Hometown: Pittsboro, Indiana
 Car #: 24
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: DuPont
 Rookie Year: 1993
 Alternate Skins

    Career Stats
Championships: 4 ('95, '97 - '98, 2001)
Starts: 329
Poles: 42
Wins: 61
Top 5's: 160
Top 10's: 210

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  Robby Gordon
 Car Owner: Richard Childress
 Team: Childress Racing
 Hometown: Cerritos, California
 Car #: 31
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: Cingular Wireless
 Rookie Year: 1997
 Alternate Skins

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 98
Poles: 1
Wins: 1
Top 5's: 5
Top 10's: 11

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  Jeff Green
 Car Owner: Richard Childress
 Team: Childress Racing
 Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
 Car #: 30
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: America On-Line
 Rookie Year: 1997
 Alternate Skins: 

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 94
Poles: 1
Wins: 0
Top 5's: 5
Top 10's: 9

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  Bobby Hamilton
 Car Owner: Andy Petree
 Team: Petree Racing
 Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
 Car #: 55
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: Schnieder Electric (Square-D)
 Rookie Year: 1991
 Alternite Skins: 

     Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 368
Poles: 5
Wins: 4
Top 5's: 20
Top 10's: 67

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  Kevin Harvick                        **2001 Rookie of the Year**
 Car Owner: Richard Childress
 Team: Childress Racing
 Hometown: Bakersfield, California
 Car #: 29
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: GM Goodwrench Service Plus
 Rookie Year: 2001
 Alternate Skins: 

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 70
Poles: 1
Wins: 3
Top 5's: 11
Top 10's: 24

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  Dale Jarrett                        **1999 Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: Robert Yates
 Team: Robert Yates Racing
 Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina
 Car #: 88
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: UPS
 Rookie Year: 1987
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Champioships: 1
Starts: 495
Poles: 15
Wins: 30
Top 5's: 151
Top 10's: 228

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  Jimmie Johnson
 Car Owner: Rick Hendrick
 Team: Hendrick Motorsports
 Hometown: El Cajon, California
 Car #: 48
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: LOWE'S Home Improvement
 Rookie Year: 2002
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 39
Poles: 4
Wins: 3
Top 5's: 6
Top 10's: 21

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  Frank Kimmel
 Car Owner: Larry Clement
 Team: Tri-State Motorsports
 Hometown: Jefferson, Indiana
 Car #: 46
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Advanced Auto Parts/Pork
 Rookie Year: 2002
 Alternate Skins: none

     Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 7
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Top 5's: 0
Top 10's: 0

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  Matt Kenseth                        **2000 Rookie of the Year**
 Car Owner: Jack Roush
 Team: Roush Racing
 Hometown: Cambridge, Winsconsin
 Car #: 17
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: DeWalt
 Rookie Year: 2000
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 112
Poles: 1
Wins: 6
Top 5's: 20
Top 10's: 41

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  Bobby Labonte                        **2000 Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: Joe Gibbs
 Team: Gibbs Racing
 Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
 Car #: 18
 Car Type: Pontiac
 Car Model: Gran Prix
 Sponsor: Interstate Batteries
 Rookie Year: 1993
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 1
Starts: 330
Poles: 21
Wins: 19
Top 5's: 89
Top 10's: 149

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  Terry Labonte                        **2-Time Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: Rick Hendrick
 Team: Hendrick Motorsports
 Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
 Car #: 5
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: Kellogg's (Tony the Tiger)
 Rookie Year: 1979
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 2 ('84, '96)
Starts: 745
Poles: 26
Wins: 21
Top 5's: 177
Top 10's: 344

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  Sterling Marlin                        **1983 Rookie of the Year**
 Car Owner: Chip Ganassi
 Team: Ganassi Racing
 Hometown: Columbia, Tennessee
 Car #: 40
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Make: Intrepid
 Sponsor: Sterling Marlin*
 Rookie Year: 1983
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 568
Poles: 11
Wins: 10
Top 5's: 79
Top 10's: 192

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  Mark Martin
 Car Owner: Jack Roush
 Team: Roush Racing
 Hometown: Batesville, Arizona
 Car #: 6
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Pfizer
 Rookie Year: 1982
 Alternate Skins: 

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 530
Poles: 41
Wins: 33
Top 5's: 200
Top 10's: 315

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  Jeremy Mayfield
 Car Owner: Ray Evernham
 Team: Evernham Motorsports
 Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
 Car #: 19
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Model: Intrepid
 Sponsor: Dodge
 Rookie Year: 1994
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 273
Poles: 6
Wins: 3
Top 5's: 35
Top 10's: 62

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  Ryan Newman                      **2002 Rookie of the Year**
 Car Owner: Roger Penske
 Team: Penske Motorsports
 Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
 Car #: 12
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Make: Taurus
 Sponsor: ALLTEL
 Rookie Year: 2002
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 65
Poles: 7
Wins: 1
Top 5's: 16
Top 10's: 24

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  Jerry Nadeau
 Car Owner: Rick Hendrick
 Team: Hendrick Motorsports
 Hometown: Danbury, Connecticut
 Car #: 25
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: UAW/Delphi
 Rookie Year: 
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 167
Poles: 1
Wins: 1
Top 5's: 8
Top 10's: 18

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  Steve Park
 Car Owner: Teresa Earnhardt
 Team: Dale Earnhardt Inc.
 Hometown: East Northport, New York
 Car #: 1
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: PENNZOIL
 Rookie Year: 1998
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 146
Poles: 4
Wins: 2
Top 5's: 11
Top 10's: 34

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  Kyle Petty
 Car Owner: Patti Petty
 Team: Petty Enterprises
 Hometown: Randleman, North Carolina
 Car #: 45
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Make: Intrepid
 Sponsor: Sprint
 Rookie Year: 1980
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 645
Poles: 8
Wins: 8
Top 5's: 51
Top 10's: 168

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  Shawna Robinson
 Car Owner: Beth Ann Morgenthau
 Team: BAM Racing
 Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
 Car #: 49
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Model: Intrepid
 Sponsor: BAM Racing
 Rookie Year: 2002
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 7
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Top 5's: 0
Top 10's: 0

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  Ricky Rudd
 Car Owner: Robert Yates
 Team: Robert Yates Racing
 Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
 Car #: 28
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Havoline
 Rookie Year: 1975
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Champioships: 0
Starts: 767
Poles: 28
Wins: 23
Top 5's: 187
Top 10's: 356

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  Ken Schrader
 Car Owner: 
 Team: 
 Hometown: Fenton, Montana
 Car #: 36
 Car Type: Pontiac
 Car Model: Gran Prix
 Sponsor: M&M's
 Rookie Year: 1985
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 564
Poles: 23
Wins: 4
Top 5's: 64
Top 10's: 176

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  Elliott Sadler
 Car Owner: Wood Brothers
 Team: Wood Brothers Racing
 Hometown: Emporia, Virginia
 Car #: 21
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Motorcraft
 Rookie Year: 1999
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 141
Poles: 1
Wins: 1
Top 5's: 4
Top 10's: 9

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  Mike Skinner                        **1997 Rookie of the Year**
 Car Owner: Morgan McClure
 Team: McClure Racing
 Hometown: Ontario, Canada
 Car #: 4
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: KODAK Film
 Rookie Year: 1997
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats:
Championships: 0
Starts: 209
Poles: 5
Wins: 0
Top 5's: 10
Top 10's: 39

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  Jimmy Spencer
 Car Owner: Chip Ganassi
 Team: Ganassi Racing
 Hometown: Berwick, Pennsylvania
 Car #: 41
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Make: Intrepid
 Sponsor: TARGET
 Rookie Year: 
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 404
Poles: 3
Wins: 2
Top 5's: 27
Top 10's: 76

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  Tony Stewart                        **2002 Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: Joe Gibbs                 **1999 Rookie of the Year**
 Team: Gibbs Racing
 Hometown: Columbus, Indiana
 Car #: 20
 Car Type: Pontiac
 Car Model: Gran Prix
 Sponsor: HOME DEPOT
 Rookie Year: 1999
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 1
Starts: 140
Poles: 6
Wins: 15
Top 5's: 54
Top 10's: 87

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  Rusty Wallace                        **1989 Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: Roger Penske               **1984 Rookie of the Year**
 Team: Penske Motorsports
 Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
 Car #: 2
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Team Rusty*
 Rookie Year: 1984
 Alternate Skins

    Career Stats
Championships: 1
Starts: 598
Poles: 36
Wins: 54
Top 5's: 189
Top 10's: 309

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  Michael Waltrip
 Car Owner: Teresa Earnhardt
 Team: Dale Earnhardt, INC.
 Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
 Car #: 15
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: NAPA
 Rookie Year: 1986
 Alternate Skins:

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 534
Poles: 2
Wins: 2
Top 5's: 25
Top 10's: 95


           o------------------------------------------------o
           |                    Legend                      |
           |------------------------------------------------|
           |  * : Acutal Sponsor is Drug / Alcohol related  |
           | ** : 2002 Rookie                               |
           o------------------------------------------------o


                        -Stats as of 11.17.2002-



-----------------
Part Two: Legends
-----------------

   Bobby Allison                        **1983 Winston Cup Champion**
 Car Owner: N/A
 Team: N/A
 Hometown: Hueytwon, Alabama
 Car #: 22
 Sponsor: Piper Papers
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Model: Intrepid
 Rookie Year:
 Year Retired: 1988
 Alternate Skins: none

    Career Stats
Championships: 1
Starts: 718
Poles: 58
Wins: 85
Top 5's: 336
Top 10's: 446

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  Dale Earnhardt                          7-Time Winston Cup Champion
 Car Owner: Richard Childress             1979 Rookie of the Year
 Team: Richard Childress Racing
 Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
 Car #: 3
 Sponsor: GM Goodwrench Service Plus
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Rookie Year: 1979
 Year Retired: 2001 (died in 2001 Daytona 500)
 Alternate Skins: 1998 Paint Scheme (ran in 1998 Daytona 500)

    Career Stats
Championships: 7 [1980, 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1994]
Starts: 676
Poles: 22
Wins: 76
Top 5's: 281
Top 10's: 428

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  Junior Johnson
 Car Owner: N/A
 Team: N/A
 Hometown: Ronda, North Carolina
 Car #: 3
 Car Type: Chevrolet
 Car Model: Monte Carlo
 Sponsor: 
 Rookie Year: 1956
 Year Retired: 1966
 Alternate Skins: none

     Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 313
Poles: 47
Wins: 50
Top 5's: 121
Top 10's: 148

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  Tiny Lund
 Car Owner: N/A
 Team: N/A
 Hometown: Cross, South Carolina
 Car #: 
 Car Type: 
 Car Model: 
 Sponsor: 
 Rookie Year: 1956
 Year Retired: 1975
 Alternate Skins: none

     Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 303
Poles: 6
Wins: 5
Top 5's: 54
Top 10's: 119

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  Elmo Langley
 Car Owner: N/A
 Team: N/A
 Hometown: Landover, Maryland
 Car #: 
 Car Type: 
 Car Model: 
 Sponsor: 
 Rookie Year: 1954
 Year Retired: 1981
 Alternate Skins: none

    Career Stats
Championships: 0
Starts: 536
Poles: 1
Wins: 2
Top 5's: 63
Top 10's: 193

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   Alan Kulwicki                          1992 Winston Cup Champion
 Car Owner: Alan Kulwicki                 1986 Rookie of the Year
 Team: Kulwicki Racing
 Hometown: Greenfield, Winconsin
 Car #: 7
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Alan Kulwicki
 Rookie Year: 1986
 Year Retired: 1993 [died on April 1, 1993 due to a plane crash]
 Alternate Skins: none

    Career Stats
Championships: 1
Starts: 207
Poles: 24
Wins: 5
Top 5's: 38
Top 10's: 75

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   Benny Parsons                          1973 Winston Cup Champion
  Car Owner: N/A
  Team: N/A
  Hometown: Ellerbe, North Carolina
  Car #: NBC
  Car Type: Pontiac
  Car Model: Gran Prix
  Sponsor: NBC
  Rookie Year: 1970
  Year Retired: 1988
  Alternate Skins: #50 TNT

    Career Stats
Championships: 1
Starts: 526
Poles: 20
Wins: 21
Top 5's: 199
Top 10's: 283

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   Richard Petty                          7-Time Winston Cup Champion
 Car Owner: Richard Petty                 1959 Rookie of the Year
 Team: Petty Enterprises
 Hometown: Randleman, North Carolina
 Car #: 43
 Car Type: Dodge
 Car Model: Intrepid
 Sponsor: STP
 Rookie Year: 1959
 Year Retired: 1992
 Alternate Skin: Richard Petty Driving Experience

    Career Stats
Championships: 7 [ ]
Starts: 1184
Poles: 126
Wins: 200
Top 5's: 555
Top 10's: 712

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  Cale Yarborough                          3-Time Winston Cup Champion  
 Car Owner: N/A
 Team: N/A
 Hometwon: Timmonsville, South Carolina
 Car #: 28
 Car Type: Ford
 Car Model: Taurus
 Sponsor: Cale Yarborough
 Rookie Year: 1962
 Year Retired: 1988
 Alternate Skins: none

    Career Stats
Championships: 3 [1976 - 1978]
Starts: 559
Poles: 70
Wins: 83
Top 5's: 255
Top 10's: 318

-----------------
Part Three: Busch
-----------------

COMING SOON


  ------------------
  Part Four: Fantasy
  ------------------

COMING SOON



------------------------------------------------------------------------------
8.   Lightning Challenges
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The challenges featured in NASCAR Thunder 2003 actually happened to the
drivers during the past few years.  Here you'll find the name of the
challenge and a strategy on how to pass the challenge:


  ------------
  Daytona 900?
  ------------
Driver: Michael Waltrip
Track: Daytona Int'l Speedway
Difficulty: ROOKIE

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  -------
  Wrecord
  -------
Driver: Jeremy Mayfield
Track: Richmond Int'l Raceway
Difficulty: ROOKIE

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  -------------
  The Daytona 5
  --------------
Driver: Ward Burton
Track: Daytona Int'l Speedway
Difficulty: ROOKIE

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  --------------
  2-Fer at 'Dega
  --------------
Driver:  Bobby Hamilton
Track:  Talladega Superspeedway
Difficulty:  ROOKIE

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ---------
    LAP IT UP
    ---------
Driver: John Andretti
Track: Martinsville Int'l Raceway
Difficulty:  VETERAN

Strategy:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

   ---------------
   PAY AT THE PUMP
   ---------------
Driver: Jerry Nadeau
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Difficulty: 

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------
    DEW IT AGAIN
    ------------
Driver: Ward Burton
Track: Darlington Raceway
Difficulty: VETERAN

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------------
    OWNING THE TITLE**
    -----------------
Driver: Richard Petty
Track: Talladega Superspeedway
Difficutly: VETERAN

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------
    FREEDOM
    -------
Driver:  
Track:  Homestead-Miami Raceway
Difficulty: LEGEND

Strategy:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ----------------
    FREEDOM, PART II
    ----------------
Driver:  
Track: Homestead-Miami Raceway
Difficulty: LEGEND

Strategy:  

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------
    STAR STRUDDED
    -------------
Driver: Terry Labonte
Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway
Difficulty: LEGEND

Strategy:


          ---[MORE COMING SOON]---


           o-----------------------------------o
           |              LEGEND               |
           |-----------------------------------|
           |   ** : 31st Lightning Challenge   |
           o-----------------------------------o



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8. Car Set-ups
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Here is a list of car setups for the 23 winston Cup tracks including the 
Infield Road Courses at some of the tracks.  You'll might even find one for
the Daytona Beach Course, that NASCAR raced at from 1948 - 1958 [before they
started racing at Daytona Int'l Speedway].  These car set-ups for the regular
tracks can be used in Quick Race, Season Mode, and Career Mode:


------------------
Part One: Licensed
------------------

Atlanta
-------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  73
Rear Spoiler:  50*
Front Suspension:  100%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  3.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  7


Bristol
-------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  75*
Front Suspension:  100%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  5/8
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  3


California
----------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  73.5
Rear Spoiler:  75*
Front Suspension:  90%
Rear Suspension:  90%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  2.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  7


Chicagoland
-----------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  74.5
Rear Spoiler:  65*
Front Suspension:  40%
Rear Suspension:  40%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  2.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  6


Darlington
----------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  65*
Front Suspension:  90%
Rear Suspension:  90%
Sway Bar:  3/4
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  5


Daytona
-------
Tire Pressure:  30 psi
Fender Flare:  N/A
Rear Spoiler:  N/A
Front Suspension:  100%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1 1/4
Wedge:  4.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  4
   Gear 1 --- Stock
   Gear 2 --- Stock
   Gear 3 --- Stock
   Gear 4 --- 0.98
     Rear --- 3.70


DAYTONA BEACH [!]
-----------------
Tire Pressure:  25 psi
Fender Flare:  75.5
Rear Spoiler:  55*
Front Suspension:  71%
Rear Suspension:  48%
Sway Bar:  1/2
Wedge:  1.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  6
   Gear 1 --- Stock
   Gear 2 --- Stock
   Gear 3 --- Stock
   Gear 4 --- 1.07


Dover Downs
-----------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  73.5
Rear Spoiler:  75*
Front Suspension:  100%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  5


Homestead-Miami
---------------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  65*
Front Suspension:  100%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  5


Indianapolis
------------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  74
Rear Spoiler:  55*
Front Suspension:  90%
Rear Suspension:  90%
Sway Bar:  7/8
Wedge:  2.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  7


Infineon
--------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  75*
Front Suspension:  60%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1 1/4
Wedge:  0.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  3


Kansas
------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  74
Rear Spoiler:  60*
Front Suspension:  100%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  2.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  6


Las Vegas
---------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  74
Rear Spoiler:  75*
Front Suspension: 80% 
Rear Suspension:  80%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  5


Lowe's
------
Tire Pressure:  24 psi
Fender Flare:  73
Rear Spoiler:  60*
Front Suspension:  40%
Rear Suspension:  53%
Sway Bar:  1/8
Wedge:  0.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  6


Martinsville
------------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  74
Rear Spoiler:  65*
Front Suspension:  60%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1/2
Wedge:  2.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  1


Michigan
--------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  73
Rear Spoiler:  55*
Front Suspension:  90%
Rear Suspension:  90%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  7


New Hampshire
-------------
Tire Pressure:  18
Fender Flare:  74
Rear Spoiler:  70*
Front Suspension:  45%
Rear Suspension:  50%
Sway Bar:  3/8
Wedge:  1.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  3
   Gear 1 --- Stock 
   Gear 2 --- Stock
   Gear 3 --- Stock
   Gear 4 --- 1.37
 Rear End --- Stock


North Carolina
--------------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  75*
Front Suspension:  80%
Rear Suspension:  80%
Sway Bar:  1/2
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  5


Phoenix
-------
Tire Pressure:  15 psi
Fender Flare:  73 1/2
Rear Spoiler:  70*
Front Suspension:  40%
Rear Suspension:  50% 
Sway Bar:  1/2
Wedge:  1.0 Turns
Gear Preset:  4


Pocono
------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  73
Rear Spoiler:  55*
Front Suspension:  80%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  7/8
Wedge:  2.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  7


Richmond
--------
Tire Pressure:  19 psi
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  60*
Front Suspension:  55%
Rear Suspension:  45%
Sway Bar:  1/2
Wedge:  0.0 Turns
Gear Preset:  3
   Gear 1 --- Stock
   Gear 2 --- Stock
   Gear 3 --- Stock
   Gear 4 --- 1.37
     Rear --- Stock


Talladega
---------
Tire Pressure:  30 psi
Fender Flare:  N/A
Rear Spoiler:  N/A
Front Suspension:  100%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1 1/4
Wedge:  4.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  4
   Gear 1 --- Stock
   Gear 2 --- Stock
   Gear 3 --- Stock
   Gear 4 --- 0.98
     Rear --- 3.70


Texas
-----
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  73
Rear Spoiler:  55*
Front Suspension:  80%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1
Wedge:  3.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  7


watkins Glen
------------
Tire Pressure:  15
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  60*
Front Suspension:  60%
Rear Suspension:  100%
Sway Bar:  1 1/4
Wedge:  0.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  5


---------------------------
Part Two: Infield / Fantasy
---------------------------

Daytona Infield Course
----------------------
Tire Pressure:  21
Fender Flare:  73.5
Rear Spoiler:  64
Front Suspension:  26%
Rear Suspension:  67%
Sway Bar:  3/8
Wedge:  -0.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  


Homestead-Miami Infield Course
------------------------------
Tire Pressure:  15 psi
Fender Flare:  75
Rear Spoiler:  61*
Front Suspension:  45%
Rear Suspension:  70%
Sway Bar:  5/8
Wedge:  -0.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  4


Phoenix Infield Course
----------------------
Tire Pressure:  15 psi
Fender Flare:  73.5
Rear Spoiler:  71*
Front Suspension:  25%
Rear Suspension:  79%
Sway Bar:  5/8
Wedge:  0.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  Custom
   Gear 1 --- 3.60
   Gear 2 --- 2.20
   Gear 3 --- 1.60
   Gear 4 --- 1.15
 Rear End --- 3.60


Pocono Infield Course
---------------------
Tire Pressure:  18 psi
Fender Flare:  73.5
Rear Spoiler:  49*
Front Suspension:  30%
Rear Suspension:  74%
Sway Bar:  3/4
Wedge:  -0.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  Custom
   Gear 1 --- 3.60
   Gear 2 --- 2.15
   Gear 3 --- 1.60
   Gear 4 --- 1.12
 Rear End --- 3.55


Talladega Infield Course
------------------------
Tire Pressure:  20 psi
Fender Flare:  73.5
Rear Spoiler:  60*
Front Suspension:  60%
Rear Suspension:  85%
Sway Bar:  3/4
Wedge:  -1.0 Turns

Gear Preset:  6


Tiburon
-------
Tire Pressure:  
Fender Flare:  
Rear Spoiler:  
Front Suspension:  
Rear Suspension:  
Sway Bar:  
Wedge:  

Gear Preset:  


Texas Infield Course
--------------------
Tire Pressure:  22 psi
Fender Flare:  75.5
Rear Spoiler:  57*
Front Suspension:  35%
Rear Suspension:  66%
Sway Bar:  7/8
Wedge:  -0.5 Turns

Gear Preset:  Custom
   Gear 1 --- 3.60
   Gear 2 --- 2.20
   Gear 3 --- 1.70
   Gear 4 --- 1.16
 Rear End --- 3.55



                  o---------------------------------------o
                  |              LEGEND                   |
                  |---------------------------------------|
                  |   Gear -- Stock leave it alone        |
                  |    (!) -- Historical Track            |
                  |     ** -- Fantasy Track               |
                  |      * -- Degrees                     |
                  o---------------------------------------o


      ---NOTE: The Daytona Beach and Tiburon tracks are only available 
         in Quick Race as well as the Infield Road Courses at some 
         tracks.  Another small note is that two or three car-setups
         may cause the engine to blow (especially at New Hampshire
         Int'l Raceway).  Plus if you use the Daytona and Talladega
         set-ups in Career Mode with a very great engine with
         high numbers (ex: condtion--100  power--97) WILL RESULT
         in a blown engine.---


------------------------------------------------------------------------------
10. Thunder Plates
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 --------
 PAGE 1
 --------
 ATLANTA QUALIFY    BRISTOL QUALIFY     CALIFORNIA QUALIFY
 CHICAGO QUALFIY    DARLINGTON QUALIFY  DAYTONA QUALIFY
 DOVER QUALIFY      HOMESTEAD QUALIFY   INDIANAPOLIS QUALIFY


 --------
 PAGE 2
 --------
 INFINEON QUALIFY        KANSAS QUALIFY        LAS VEGAS QUALIFY
 LOWE'S QUALIFY          MARTINSVILLES QUALIFY MICHIGAN QUALIFY
 NEW HAMPSHIRE QUALIFY   PHOENIX QUALIFY       POCONO QUALIFY


 --------
 PAGE 3
 --------
 NORTH CAROLINA QUALIFY  RICHMOND QUALIFY      TALLADEGA QUALIFY
 TEXAS QUALIFY           WATKINS GLEN QUALIFY  ATLANTA NIGHT
 CALIFORNIA NIGHT        CHICAGOLAND NIGHT     DARLINGTON NIGHT 


 -------
 Page 4
 --------
 DAYTONA INFIELD         DOVER NIGHT           HOMESTEAD INFIELD
 RICHMOND DAY            KANSAS NIGHT          LAS VEGAS NIGHT
 MARTINSVILLE NIGHT      MICHIGAN NIGHT        NORTH CAROLINA NIGHT


 -------
 Page 5
 -------
 PHOENIX INFIELD         POCONO INFIELD        INFINEON NIGHT
 TALLADEGA NIGHT         TEXAS INFIELD         TIBURON SPEEDWAY
 WATKINS GLEN NIGHT      SHOOTOUT              ALL-STAR


 -------
 Page 6
 -------
 GREG BIFFLE             JEFF PURVIS           SHANE HALL
 JAMIE McMURRAY          MIKE McLAUGHLIN       MICHAEL WALTRIP
 KASEY KAHNE             SCOTT WIMMER          JAY SAUTER


 -------
 Page 7
 -------
 JAMES FINCH             DALE EANHARDT JR.     JEFF BURTON
 CHAD CHAFFIN            TIM SAUTER            COY GIBBS
 RON HOARNDAY            KEVIN HARVICK         DAN PARDUS


 -------
 Page 8
 -------
 BRIAN VICKERS           ASHTON LEWIS JR.      JOHNNY SAUTER
 DALE EARNHARDT          RICHARD PETTY         BENNY PARSONS
 BOBBY ALLISON           JUNIOR JOHNSON        TINY LUND


 -------
 Page 9
 -------
 ALAN KULWICKI           ELMO LANGLEY          CALE YARBOROUGH
 KITT PAINT              ------------          FANTASY DRIVERS
 43 HONEY NUT            43 CHEX               43 CHEERIOS


 --------
 Page 10
 --------
 43 HAMBURGER HELPER     43 HONEY NUT          43 POP SECRET
 10 OPENING DAY          10 MAX LIFE           10 ZEREX
 10 EAGLE ONE            10 VALVOLINE          10 EAGLE ONE


 --------
 Page 11
 --------
 10 MAX LIFE             99 BASS MASTER        99 CITGO
 22 WILDLIFE             22 BULLDOZER          97 SHARPIE
 97 LITTLE TIKES         97 SHARPIE             9 DODGE


 --------
 Page 12
 --------
 24 DUPONT 200th         24 PEPSI              24 PEPSI 4th of JULY
 24 DUPONT               24 LOONEY             31 REVERSE OUT
 30 AOL                  30 LOONEY             55 SQUARE D


 --------
 Page 13
 --------
 55 LIGHTNING            55 LOONEY             29 NOW SELL TIRES
 29 GOODWRENCH           29 LOONEY             29 AOL
 88 UPS                  88 FLAMES             48 LOWE'S


 --------
 Page 14
 --------
 17 MILLION DOLLAR       17 DEWALT             18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES
 18 JURASSIC PARK 3      18 ALL-STAR GAME      18 HULK
 18 NASCAR RACERS        18 MBNA               18 SMALL SOLDIERS


 --------
 Page 15
 --------
 18 COCA COLA BEAR        5 KELLOGG'S           5 MINI WHEATS
  5 LOONEY                6 MARK MARTIN        19 MOUNTAIN DEW
 25 UAW-GM DELPHI        45 SPRINT             45 CHARITY RIDE


 --------
 Page 16
 --------
 28 NEED FOR SPEED       21 MOTORCRAFT         36 PINK
 36 AQUA                 36 PURPLE             36 4th of JULY
 36 HALLOWEEN            36 PEDIGREE           36 COMBOS


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 Page 17
 --------
 36 M&M's                36 4th of JULY        36 HALLOWEEN
 20 HOME DEPOT           20 JURASSIC PARK 3    20 CHARLIE BROWN
 20 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 20 COCA COLA BEAR      2 HARLEY DAVIDSON


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 Page 18
 --------
 15 NAPA                 ALL PRO               GOODYEAR
 OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE      PRESTONE              CAR QUEST
 WING                    FUNNEL                WAVE


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 Page 19
 --------
 SCORPION                SWOOSH                SPIKES
 POINTER                 MIXED-UP              CHAMPION 1x
 CHAMPION 5x             CHAMPION 8x           31st CHALLENGE



------------------------------------------------------------------------------
11. Season Mode
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Season mode is like Career Mode but the only thing that makes season mode much
different from Career Mode is that you don't have to worry about hiring pit
crew or having to repair or build engines nor chasis.  This is basically like
Quick Race but you can take part in a series of races to see if you can make
a run for the NASCAR Winston Championship.  Also you can choose what driver
you want to race as for this mode such as:  Kevin Harvick, Terry Labonte,
Rusty Wallace, Cale Yarborough, Mike McLaughlin, or the car you created in
the Create-A-Car option.

In Season Mode you have 20 years to win as many championships or win races
as you choose the settings just like in Career Mode like (12, 24, or 36 per 
season) and the difficulty of the AI (Rookie, Veteren, Legend).


------------------------------------------------------------------------------
12. Career Mode
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-------------------------------------
Part One: Introduction to Career Mode  
-------------------------------------
Career Mode in NASCAR Thunder 2003 you will have 20 years to try to accomplish
a goal of 8 championships.  As you progress through each year you may/may not
be able to unlock Thunder Plates when you win championships (ex. 1st
Championship, 5th Championship, 8th Championship, and possibly others).  


-------------------------------------
Part Two: Getting your Career started
-------------------------------------


Starting off in Career
----------------------
First you'll have to create-a-car but you WILL have to fill out the following
information:


       First Name
       Last Name
       Birthday [Month / Day / Year]
       Race Team [example: Roush Racing]


After you fill out the information the next step in create-a-car for Career
Mode is to make a paint scheme that you would like to run throughout your
Rookie Year, you can always later change the paint scheme later in the
year.  Of course you'll also have to pick out what number out of the numbers
available, as well as deciding if you want the decals anywhere from none - 
complete.



Crew
----
Secondly, you'll have to sign on your pitcrew.  The pitcrew consists of the
following crew members:


       Crew Chief
       Gasman
       Rear Tire Changer
       Front Tire Changer
       Rear Tire Carrier
       Front Tire Carrier
       Spottor
       Catchcan Man
       Jackman


The best way of deciding who you want to be on your pitcrew is by how their
experience is with each of their fields.  They might be able to give you
real good pit-stops and possibly get you back out on the track to get you
your first win in your first year.  If not just keep on trying until you do
but here's a tip:  If the crew goes quite sometime unhappy you can fire them
and hire replacements for them.


 Sponsors
 --------
Third, you'll have to sign on sponsors for extra support and earn more money
to be able to put money towards things such as R&D.  Here is the kind of
sponsors that you'll need to sign on for each section of the car:


           ----[COMING SOON]---

      
 ENGINES
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           ----[COMING SOON]---


 CHASIS
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           ----[COMING SOON]---


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13. Codes/Secrets
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There are a few codes/secrets in NASCAR Thunder 2003 for the PlayStation2
and do work with the Nintendo GameCube as well as for the Microsoft X-Box:


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 |Tiburon Track - There are two ways of unlocking the Tiburon track.  They    |
 |                are 1) Beat one of the Lightning Challenges or 2) have a    |
 |                2003 EA Sports game (ie. NCAA Football 2003)                |
 |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 |Dale Earnhardt - To be able to get Dale Earnhardt in the game you must go   |
 |                 to Create-A-Car option.  Enter Dale in first name slot     |
 |                 and Earnhardt in the last name slot                        |
 |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 |Fantasy Drivers - To be able to have the Fantasy Drivers do the same        |
 |                  thing as you did for Dale Earnhardt but this time enter   |
 |                  EXTRA as a first name and DRIVERS as the last name        |
 |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 |Infield Road Courses/Night Tracks - To be able to get a infield road        |
 |                                    course or night version of the track    |
 |                                    you must win a race on either VETEREN   |
 |                                    or LEGEND difficulty                    |
 |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 |Other Paint Schemes - To be able to get a driver's paint scheme you must    |
 |                      do a race under VETEREN or LEGEND difficulty.  You    |
 |                      can only do a certain event with a driver once after  |
 |                      that do a race at the other event to be able to do    |
 |                      it twice at the track.  Alternately go to Create-A-Car|
 |                      then enter Albert as a first name and Ternate as a    |
 |                      name.                                                 |
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14. New Features
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In NASCAR Thunder 2003, EA Sports has added a few new features in this year's
version of NASCAR Thunder.  Here is a list of things that EA Sports has
featured in NASCAR Thunder 2003:



Victory Lane Celebration
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Whenever you win a race you'll be able to celebrate in the Victory Circle
aka Winner's Circle with your pit crew.


Pit Crew Mistakes
-----------------
Another feature that EA has decided to put into this year's version of NASCAR
Thunder was the Pit Crew mistakes.  At certain points when you make a pitstop
during a race there may be a possibility that one of the members of the pit
crew may make a mistake.


Burnouts/Victory Lap
--------------------
This is the same as Victory Lane Celebration (whenever you win a race) but
when you win, the moment you see the stats of the Top-10 finishers you'll be
prompted to press Start to enter Celebration.  From there you'll be able to 
do burnouts or do a victory lap, or anything you can think of.


Lightning Challenges
--------------------
This feature in NASCAR Thunder 2003 allows you to live some NASCAR's Greatest
moments that occured in the past few years, such as Terry Labonte's second 
"Winston" win at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, or Elliot Sadler's win at the 2001
Food City 500 where he started 38th and went on to win the race.  The 
challenges may be of an event where a driver had a chance to win a race but 
didn't but you can use take the chance to take them to victory lane.


Thunder License
---------------
In this feature you can learn the layout of the 23 Winston Cup tracks on the
schedule.  All you have to do is choose a track that you want to see what you
can do but before you can go to a track you must choose a driver as your
"Coach".  Once you do so then you'll be able to go to the track but before
you start you'll hear Richard Petty give you some background about that 
particular track.  The moment you press start Richard "The King" Petty will
tell how to get around the track and the moment that one lap is done through
that's when the LICENSE begins.  You have 3 levels that you will have to go
through but after you get the time to beat that level an assist will be
disabled.


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15. Credits/Legal Notice
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Here I would like to give credit to anyone who might or might’ve not have 
helped me in making this FAQ/Guide for NASCAR Thunder 2003:


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  | Me - For writing a FAQ for NASCAR Thunder 2003 on the Sony PlayStation2  |
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  | tpmaniac - for posting car set-ups in which I used some of them in this  |
  |             FAQ                                                          |
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  | geko - *same as for tpmaniac*                                            |
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  | Bruce Badgley - for e-mailing me the set-ups for the infield courses     |
  |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  | NASCAR.com - for a listing of pole winners, and race winners of the      |
  |              2002 season as well as for stats from the 2002 season       |
  |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  | Dark Phenomenon - for the ASCII art                                      |
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  | racing-reference.com - for stats on the NASCAR drivers                   |
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  | CJayC - for posting my FAQ for NASCAR Thunder 2003 on Game FAQs          |
  o--------------------------------------------------------------------------o


This document is copyrighted ©2003 - 2012 Stephen "Warhawk" Harris.  Any site
wishing to host this Walkthrough will have to e-mail me in advance to ask
permission.  If you post it and then e-mail me about it, I will have to ask 
you to remove it from the site.  Plus please don't try anything stupid with 
this guide because if any author finds out about someone doing something with
their work it is considered "copyright infringement" and is HIGHLY ILLEGAL.
So, if you want to host it please come to me first and ask politely, then I'll
think it over.  Just one more thing, if you try to take this guide to sell it
I wouldn't tempt it because you'll never know if I have this registered 
through the Copyright Office in Washington, DC.


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16. Thank You
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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS RACING GUIDE FOR NASCAR THUNDER 2003 BY STEPHEN 
"WARHAWK" HARRIS.  PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, OR COMPLIMENTS 
PLESE CONTACT ME WITH THEM AND ONCE AGAIN THANKS FOR READING.  I'LL BE SURE TO 
TRY TO ANSWER TO ALL E-MAILS AND YOU CAN BE SURE THAT I MAY DO ONE FOR NASCAR 
THUNDER 2004 WHEN IT COMES OUT IN SEPTEMBER.  I HAVE PLANS OF WRITING MORE 
GUIDES FOR SOME GREAT GAMES AND BE SURE TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR NEW GUIDES 
BY WARHAWK AS I PLAN OF WRITING GUIDES FOR A WHILE.



  ---Any facts used in this guide relating to tracks, drivers, and/or 
     anything else are owned by their respective owners---



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