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               | Nascar Thunder 2002                               |
               | by: Stephen "Warhawk" Harris                      |
               | Covers: PlayStation2, Xbox                        |
               | Date Created: 02.02.2002                          |
               | Last Updated: 01.01.2013                          |
               | Version: 3.0                                      |
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    1. Contact the Author.............................................[NT2002 1]
    2. Controls.......................................................[NT2002 2]
         Part One: PlayStation2.......................................[NT2002 2.1]
         Part Two: Xbox...............................................[NT2002 2.2]
    3. Tracks.........................................................[NT2002 3]
    4. Drivers........................................................[NT2002 4]
         Part One: Winston Cup........................................[NT2002 4.1]
         Part Two: Busch..............................................[NT2002 4.2]
    5. Car Setups.....................................................[NT2002 5]
    6. Career Mode....................................................[NT2002 6]
    7. Unlockables....................................................[NT2002 7]
         Part One: Unlocking Busch Drivers............................[NT2002 7.1]
         Part Two: Unlocking Hidden Drivers...........................[NT2002 7.2]
         Part Three: Bonus Championship FMV...........................[NT2002 7.3]
    8. Tribute to Dale Earnhardt......................................[NT2002 8]
    9. Credits / Legal Notice.........................................[NT2002 9]
         Part One: Allowed / Banned Sites.............................[NT2002 9.1]
         Part Two: Credits / Legal Notice.............................[NT2002 9.2]
    
    
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    |                           1. Contact the Author                            |
    |                                 [NT2002 1]                                 |
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    To be able to contact Stephen "Warhawk" Harris please drop me an e-mail at
    gamefaqswarhawk [at] gmail [dot] com, with any questions, comments or any
    information that you may believe that I may have missed in this guide.
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    |                                 2. Controls                                |
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                              | Part One: PlayStation2 controls |
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     Control              Function
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     X                    Acceleration
     Square               Brake
     Triangle             Reverse
     Circle               Change View
     L1                   Track Map / Damage Meter
     R2                   Shift Up
     R1                   Shift Down
     L2                   Toggle Rear View
     Start                Pause Game
     Select               Toggle HUD On / Off
    
    
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                                 | Part Two:  Xbox controls |
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     Control              Function
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     D-Pad                Steering / Highlight selection
     Left Thumbstick      Steering / Highlight selection
     A                    Shift Down / Select / Next Screen
     B                    Change Camera / Cancel
     X                    Shift Up / Help
     Y                    Track Map
     White Button         Reverse
     Black Button         Toggle Map / Damage Meter
     Left Trigger         Brake
     Right Trigger        Accerlate
     Start                Pause
     Back                 Toggle HUD / Cancel
    
    
    
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    |                                 3. 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
    
      Strategy:
      ---------
    As you come out of turn 4 you should be around 184 - 185 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 - 196 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 184 - 186 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 196 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 185 - 187 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 114 - 116 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 140 - 142 maybe a few MPH under that.  As you brake to enter
    the turns 1 - 2 slow down to around 114 - 116 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 142 MPH before braking for turns 3 - 4.  When you go through turns 3 -
    4, you want to be around 114 - 116 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 169 - 170 MPH as
    you head towards the start/finish line.  As you race down the frontstretch
    you can be able to reach around 202 MPH before entering turns 1 - 2.  When
    you start to brake into turns 1 - 2 you should be around 164 - 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 197 MPH before braking for turns 3 -
    4, and when you enter turns 3 - 4 drop your speed to around 163 - 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 169 - 170 MPH as you head down the frontstretch to the start/finish
    line.  As you race down the frontstretch you should reach a speed around 192
    MPH before heading into turns 1 - 2.  As you brake to head in turns 1 - 2
    slow down to around 163 - 170 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 192 MPH before heading
    through turns 3 - 4.  When you brake to go through turns 3 - 4 to around 163 -
    170 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 145
    - 150 MPH heading towards the start/finish line.  When you head down the
    fronstretch to turns 1 - 2 of a speed around 182 MPH before entering turns 1
    - 2.  As you go through turns 1 - 2 slow down to around 163 - 165 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 182 MPH.  As you
    brake to go through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 143 - 145 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: 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 193 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 197 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 193 - 195 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
    195 MPH.  Once you exit turn 4 you should be around 196 by the exit of the
    turn heading to the start/finish line.
    
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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 153 -
    156 MPH as you come off onto the frontstretch.  As you go down the
    frontstretch you will reach around 176 MPH before you brake to enter turns 1 -
    2.  When you slow down to go through turns 1 - 2 brake to around 153 - 155 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 176 MPH before
    entering turns 3 - 4, and when you go through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around
    153 - 155 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 192 MPH and as you head through turns 1 - 2 you want to be
    around 143 - 145 MPH.  As you exit turn 2 at 140 or better heading down the
    backstretch you should be able to reach 192 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 143 - 145 MPH, and then back onto the fronstretch.
    
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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 167 - 170 MPH as you head onto
    the frontstretch.  As you go down the frontstretch you want to try to get
    around 203 MPH before entering turn 1.  When go through turn 1 you want to be
    around 162 - 164 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 162 - 164 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 201 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 162 - 164
    MPH then you'll have a small stretch before turn 4, and the same speed for
    turn 4 162 - 164 MPH before going back onto the frontstretch.
    
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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 164 - 165 MPH as you go
    down the frontstretch to the start/finish line.  You will reach around 193
    MPH before entering turns 1 - 2 and as you go through turns 1 - 2 you want to
    be around 164 - 166 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 191 MPH before entering turns 3 - 4.  When you go through turns 3 - 4
    you want to be around 164 - 166 MPH through those turns because if you go
    around 167 - 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 145 - 149 MPH as you
    go down the frontstretch to the line.  As you go down the frontstretch you
    should be able to reach around 193 MPH before heading into turns 1 - 2.  When
    you get ready to go through turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around 148 -
    150 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
    186 MPH before you head into turns 3 - 4 but when you brake to go through
    turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 148 - 150 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: 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 167 - 172
    MPH heading down the frontstretch towards the start/finish line.  You may be
    able to reach around 187 - 190 MPH before heading into turns 1 - 2 and as you
    do brake to around 169 - 170 through turns 1 - 2 as you go onto the
    backstretch.  As you race down the backstretch you should be able to reach
    around 193 - 196 MPH before you go through turns 3 - 4, and as you brake to
    go through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 169 - 170 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 66 - 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
    133 MPH and once you get to the end of where it has NASCAR Racing Cup series
    to brake for turns 1 - 2 to around 66 - 70 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 130 - 133
    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 66 - 68 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
    
      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 180 -
    184 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 202 MPH but as
    you get ready into head into turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
    175 - 180 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 200 MPH before heading into turns 3 - 4.  As you go
    through turns 3 - 4 slow down to around 168 - 170 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 96 - 100 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 163 MPH before heading through turns
    1 - 2.  As you slow down to take turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
    96 - 100 MPH but the 96 - 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 162 - 163 MPH before heading into turns 3 - 4.  As you approach
    turns 3 - 4 you want to slow down to around 95 - 100 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 146 - 150
    MPH heading onto the frontstretch towards the line.  Before slowing down for
    turns 1 - 2 you should be able to reach around 179 MPH before entering turns
    1 - 2.  As you brake to go through turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
    144 - 146 MPH as you reach the backstretch up by the wall.  As you go down
    the backstretch you will reach a speed of around 176 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 144 - 146 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:
      ---------
    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 128 - 130
    MPH heading onto the frontstretch towards the line.  Before slowing down for
    turns 1 - 2 you should be able to reach around 165 MPH before entering turns
    1 - 2.  As you brake to go through turns 1 - 2 you want to slow down to around
    118 - 120 MPH as you reach the backstretch up by the wall.  As you go down
    the backstretch you will reach a speed of around 168 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 122 - 124 MPH as you go through the turns as you head back
    onto the fronstretch towards the line.
    
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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:
      ---------
    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 -
    155 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 154 - 155 MPH through turn 1
    as you go onto the second stretch as you approach turn 2 "Tunnel Turn".
    
    Your speed should reach around 197 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 154 - 155 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 186 MPH before heading through turn 3 at this unique
    track.  As you go through turn 3 you want to be around 149 - 150 MPH going
    through turn 3 back on your way to the frontstretch.
    
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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
    
      Strategy:
      ---------
    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 102 - 105 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 149 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 102 - 103 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 143 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 102 - 103
    MPH as you head back to the line for a lap around RIR.
    
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    Sears Point
    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 46 - 49 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 134 MPH as you approach turn 2
    you want to be around 96 - 98 MPH going through turn 2.  Turn 3 isn't that
    far off because you'll have to slow down to around 62 - 64 MPH going through
    turn 3 then onto a small stretch to turn 4.  Turn 4 slow down to around 91 -
    94 MPH and turn 5 isn't far off from turn 4.  To take turn 5 well slow down
    to around 62 - 65 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 79 - 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 50 - 54 MPH to go through this turn.  Next you'll
    have to take on the ESSES at around 95 - 100 MPH through those set of turns,
    before taking on turn 8.  As you approach turn 8 you want to slow down to
    around 126 MPH going through the turn and then have to set up for turn 9 at
    around 102 - 104 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 45 - 49 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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    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
            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 193MPH as you head through the tri-oval and
    to the start/finish line.  Before you head into turns 1 - 2 you should be
    around 194MPH before heading in to turns 1 - 2.  As you race through turns 1 -
    2 you want to be around 193 - 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 196MPH before heading in turns
    3 - 4.  When you race through turns 3 - 4 you want to be around 195 - 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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    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 180 MPH, as you
    head towards the start/finish line.  You will reach around 196 MPH before
    heading into Turn 1, but when you go through turns 1 - 2 at around 178 - 179
    MPH through the turns.  As you exit out of turn 2 you should be able to reach
    to around 196 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 174 - 176 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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    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:
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    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 - 100 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 172 MPH, and then you'll have to slow down to around 78 - 80 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 131 - 133 MPH going through turn 2,
    but with turn 3 slow down to around 136 - 138 MPH [don't be suprised if you
    have to slow down a bit more].  Then you have to get through turn 4 at around
    156 - 160 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 89 - 90 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
    79 - 80 MPH before entering turn 9.  To get through turn 9 good, keep your
    speed around 95 MPH and when you exit turn 9 get on the brake to around 110
    MPH on the exit on the second stretch of this road course.  You should be
    able to reach around 172 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 97 - 100 MPH through turn 11 to go to the start/finish
    line again.
    
    
                   **Strategies based on car set-up used for that track**
    
    
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       John Andretti
     Car Owner: Richard Petty
     Team: Petty Enterprises
     Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
     Car #: 43
     Car Type: Dodge
     Car Model: Intrepid
     Sponsor: Cheerios
     Rookie Year: 1994
     Alternate Skins: Hamburger Helper
                      Honeynut Cheerios
                      Pop Secret
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 262
    Poles: 4
    Wins: 2
    Top 5's: 13
    Top 10's: 35
    
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      Casey Atwood
     Car Owner: Ray Evernham
     Team: Evernham Motorsports
     Hometown: Antioch, TN
     Car #: 19
     Car Type: Dodge
     Car Make: Intrepid
     Sponsor: DODGE
     Rookie Year: 2001
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 38
    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: MBV Motorsports
     Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
     Car #: 10
     Car Make: Pontiac
     Car Model: Gran Prix
     Sponsor: Valvoline
     Rookie Year: 1996
     Alternate Skins: Eagle One
                      Maxlife
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 197
    Poles: 2
    Wins: 0
    Top 5's: 13
    Top 10's: 47
    
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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: 259
    Poles: 2
    Wins: 17
    Top 5's: 81
    Top 10's: 119
    
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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: Wildlife Foundation
                      Bulldozer
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 250
    Poles: 6
    Wins: 3
    Top 5's: 21
    Top 10's: 67
    
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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: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top 5's: 3
    Top 10's: 6
    
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      Dale Earnhardt Jr.
     Car Owner: Teresa Earnhardt
     Team: Dale Earnhardt Inc.
     Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
     Car #: 8
     Car Type: Chevrolet
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Dale Earnhardt Jr.*
     Rookie Year: 2000
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 75
    Poles: 4
    Wins: 5
    Top 5's: 12
    Top 10's: 21
    
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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: 1977
     Alternate Skins: -----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 1
    Stats: 659
    Poles: 53
    Wins: 41
    Top 5's: 160
    Top 10's: 294
    
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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: Looney Tunes
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 4 ('95, '97 - '98, 2001)
    Starts: 293
    Poles: 39
    Wins: 58
    Top 5's: 147
    Top 10's: 190
    
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      Jeff Green
     Car Owner: Richard Childress
     Team: Childress Racing
     Hometown: Owensboro, KY
     Car #: 30
     Car Type: Chevrolet
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: America On-Line
     Rookie Year: 1997
     Alternate Skins: Looney Tunes
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 58
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top 5's: 1
    Top 10's: 3
    
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      Bobby Hamilton                      **1991 Rookie of the Year**
     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: Square D Lightning
                      Looney Tunes
    
         Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 337
    Poles: 5
    Wins: 4
    Top 5's: 20
    Top 10's: 64
    
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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: Looney Tunes
                      AOL
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 35
    Poles: 0
    Wins: 2
    Top 5's: 6
    Top 10's: 16
    
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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: 459
    Poles: 14
    Wins: 28
    Top 5's: 141
    Top 10's: 210
    
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      Matt Kenseth                        **2000 Rookie of the Year**
     Car Owner: Mark Martin
     Team: Roush Racing
     Hometown: Cambridge, Winconsin
     Car #: 17
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Model: Taurus
     Sponsor: DeWalt
     Rookie Year: 2000
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 76
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 1
    Top 5's: 9
    Top 10's: 22
    
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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: Jurassic Park 3
                      MLB All Start Game
                      Graneknstein
                      NASCAR Racers
                      MBNA
                      Small Soldiers
                      Coca-Cola Polar Bear
                      Circuit City
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 1
    Starts: 294
    Poles: 21
    Wins: 18
    Top 5's: 84
    Top 10's: 142
    
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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: Kellogg's Honey Frosted Mini Wheets
                      Loony Tunes
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 2 ('84, '96)
    Starts: 709
    Poles: 26
    Wins: 21
    Top 5's: 166
    Top 10's: 340
    
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      Jason Leffler
     Car Owner: Chip Ganassi
     Team: Ganassi Racing
     Hometown: Long Beach, California
     Car #: 01
     Car Type: Dodge
     Car Model: Intrepid
     Sponsor: Cingular Wireless
     Rookie Year: 2001
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 30
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top 5's: 0
    Top 10's: 1
    
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      Kevin LePage
     Car Owner: Morgan McClure
     Team: Morgan McClure Mortorsports
     Hometown: Shleburn, Vermont
     Car #: 4
     Car Type: Chevrolet
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Rookie Year: 1998
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 125
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top 5's: 2
    Top 10's: 8
    
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      Sterling Marlin
     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: Brooks & Dunn
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 539
    Poles: 11
    Wins: 8
    Top 5's: 59
    Top 10's: 178
    
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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: Mark Martin
     Rookie Year: 1982
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 494
    Poles: 41
    Wins: 32
    Top 5's: 188
    Top 10's: 303
    
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      Jeremy Mayfield
     Car Owner: Roger Penske
     Team: Penske Motorsports
     Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
     Car #: 12
     Car Type: Dodge
     Car Model: Intrepid
     Sponsor: Dodge
     Rookie Year: 1997
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 237
    Poles: 6
    Wins: 3
    Top 5's: 33
    Top 10's: 58
    
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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: 1998
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 139
    Poles: 0
    Wins: 1
    Top 5's: 8
    Top 10's: 17
    
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      Joe Nemechek
     Car Owner: Andy Petree
     Team: Andy Petree Racing
     Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
     Car #: 33
     Car Type: Chevrolet
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Oakwood Homes
     Rookie Year:
     Altenate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 253
    Poles: 6
    Wins: 1
    Top-5's: 8
    Top-10's: 32
    
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      Ryan Newman
     Car Owner: Roger Penske
     Team: Penske Motorsports
     Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
     Car #: 02
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Make: Taurus
     Sponsor: ALLTEL
     Rookie Year: ----
     Alternate Skins: -----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 8
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top 5's: 2
    Top 10's: 2
    
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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: 114
    Poles: 2
    Wins: 2
    Top 5's: 11
    Top 10's: 30
    
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      Benny Parsons [NASCAR Legend]        **1972 Winston Cup Champion**
     Car Owner: N/A
     Team: NBC Sports
     Hometown: Ellerbe, North Carolina
     Car #: -----
     Car Type: Pontiac
     Car Model: Grand Prix
     Rookie Year: 1970
     Year Retired: 1988
     Alternate Skins: -----
    
        Career Stats
    Champioships: 1
    Starts: 526
    Poles: 20
    Wins: 21
    Top 5's: 199
    Top 10's: 283
    
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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: Charity Ride
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 609
    Poles: 8
    Wins: 8
    Top 5's: 51
    Top 10's: 167
    
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       Richard Petty [NASCAR LEGEND]        **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: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 7
    Starts: 1184
    Poles: 123
    Wins: 200
    Top 5's: 555
    Top 10's: 712
    
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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: Need for Speed
    
        Career Stats
    Champioships: 0
    Starts: 731
    Poles: 27
    Wins: 20
    Top 5's: 179
    Top 10's: 344
    
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      Elliott Sadler
     Car Owner: Wood Brothers
     Team: Wood Brothers Racing
     Hometown: Emporia, VA
     Car #: 21
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Model: Taurus
     Sponsor: Motorcraft
     Rookie Year: 1999
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 105
    Poles: 0
    Wins: 1
    Top 5's: 2
    Top 10's: 4
    
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      Ken Schrader                        **1983 Rookie of the Year** 
     Car Owner:  Nelson Bowers
     Team:  MB2 Motorsports
     Hometown: Fenton, Missouri
     Car #: 36
     Car Type: Pontiac
     Car Model: Gran Prix
     Sponsor: M&M's
     Rookie Year:  1983
     Alternate Skins: 4th of July
                      Halloween
                      Snickers
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 528
    Poles: 23
    Wins: 4
    Top 5's: 64
    Top 10's: 176
    
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      Mike Skinner                        **1997 Rookie of the Year**
     Car Owner: Morgan McClure
     Team: McClure Racing
     Hometown: Ontario, CA
     Car #: 31
     Car Type: Chevrolet
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: LOWE's Home Improvement
     Rookie Year: 1997
     Alternate Skins: Looney Tunes
                      Top Choice Lumber
    
        Career Stats:
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 167
    Poles: 5
    Wins: 0
    Top 5's: 10
    Top 10's: 38
    
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      Jimmy Spencer
     Car Owner: Chip Ganassi
     Team: Ganassi Racing
     Hometown: Berwick, Pennsylvania
     Car #: 26
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Make: Taurus
     Sponsor: K-Mart
     Rookie Year: 1989
     Alternate Skins: ----
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 370
    Poles: 3
    Wins: 2
    Top 5's: 25
    Top 10's: 70
    
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      Tony Stewart                        **1999 Rookie of the Year**
     Car Owner: Joe Gibbs
     Team: Gibbs Racing
     Hometown: Columbus, Indiana
     Car #: 20
     Car Type: Pontiac
     Car Model: Gran Prix
     Sponsor: HOME DEPOT
     Rookie Year: 1999
     Alternate Skins: Jurassic Park 3
                      Kid's Workshop
                      Habitat for Humanity
                      Coca-Cola Polar Bear
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 104
    Poles: 4
    Wins: 12
    Top 5's: 39
    Top 10's: 66
    
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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: 562
    Poles: 35
    Wins: 54
    Top 5's: 182
    Top 10's: 292
    
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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: 498
    Poles: 2
    Wins: 1
    Top 5's: 21
    Top 10's: 85
    
    
                                      -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
                                     | Part Two: Busch |
                                     |   [NT2002 4.2]  |
                                      =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
      Greg Biffle
     Car Owner: Jack Roush
     Team: Roush Racing
     Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
     Car #: 60
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Model: Taurus
     Sponsor: Grainger
     Rookie Year: 2001
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 35
    Poles: 2
    Wins: 5
    Top-5's: 16
    Top-10's: 21
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
      Mike Dillion
     Car Owner: Richard Childress
     Team: Richard Chlidress Racing
     Hometown: Lexington, North Carolina
     Car #: 21
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Rockwell Automation
     Rookie Year:
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 154
    Poles: 0
    Wins: 0
    Top-5's: 3
    Top-10's: 15
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
      Jeff Green                        **2000 BUSCH Series Champion**
     Car Owner: -----
     Team: ppc racing
     Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
     Car #: 10
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Model: Taurus
     Sponsor: Nesquik
     Rookie Year:
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 1
    Starts: 212
    Poles: 18
    Wins: 14
    Top-5's: 75
    Top-10's: 110
    
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      Kevin Grubb
     Car Owner: Clarence Brewer
     Team: Brewco Motorsports
     Hometown:
     Car #: 37
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Timber Wolf
     Rookie Year:
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 114
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top-5's: 8
    Top-10's: 23
    
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      Shane Hall
     Car Owner: ----
     Team: Hensley Racing
     Hometown: Simpsonville, South Carolina
     Car #: 63
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Model: Taurus
     Sponsor: Lance Snacks
     Rookie Year:
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 135
    Poles: 2
    Wins: 0
    Top-5's: 1
    Top-10's: 5
    
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      Jason Keller
     Car Owner: ----
     Team: ppc Racing
     Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
     Car #: 57
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Model: Taurus
     Sponsor: Albertsons
     Rookie Year: 1993
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 255
    Poles: 7
    Wins: 5
    Top-5's: 46
    Top-10's: 100
    
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      Randy LaJoie                        **2-Time BUSCH Series Champion**
     Car Owner: -----
     Team: Evans Motorsports
     Hometown: Norwalk, Connecticult
     Car #: 7
     Car Type: Pontiac
     Car Model: Gran Prix
     Sponsor: Kleenex
     Rookie Year:
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 2
    Starts: 256
    Poles: 6
    Wins: 15
    Top-5's: 67
    Top-10's: 97
    
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      Chad Little
     Car Owner: ----
     Team: BACE Motorsports
     Hometown: Spokane, Washington
     Car #: 74
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Staff America
     Rookie Year: 1993
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 131
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 6
    Top-5's: 27
    Top-10's: 44
    
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      Mike McLauglin
     Car Owner: Joe Gibbs
     Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
     Hometown:
     Car #: 18
     Car Type: Pontiac
     Car Model: Grand Prix
     Sponsor: MBNA
     Rookie Year: 1994
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 263
    Poles: 5
    Wins: 6
    Top-5's: 51
    Top-10's: 92
    
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      Jamie McMurray
     Car Owner: Clarence Brewer
     Team: Brewco Motorsports
     Hometown: Joplin, Missouri
     Car #: 27
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Williams Travel Centers
     Rookie Year:
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 35
    Wins: 0
    Top-5's: 0
    Top-10's: 0
    
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      Tony Raines
     Car Owner: ----
     Team: BACE Motorsports
     Hometown: LaPorte, Indiana
     Car #: 33
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Bayer
     Rookie Year: 1999
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 96
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top-5's: 6
    Top-10's: 17
    
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      Jay Sauter
     Car Owner: -----
     Team: Curb-Agajanian Racing
     Hometown: West Salem, Winconsin
     Car #: 43
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Quality Farm and Country
     Rookie Year: 2000
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 63
    Poles: 1
    Wins: 0
    Top-5's: 3
    Top-10's: 15
    
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      Elton Sawyer
     Car Owner: ----
     Team: Atkins Motorsports
     Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
     Car #: 98
     Car Type: Ford
     Car Model: Taurus
     Sponsor: Starter/Hot
     Rookie Year: 1986
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 389
    Poles: 2
    Wins: 2
    Top-5's: 51
    Top-10's: 131
    
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      Michael Waltrip
     Car Owner: Michael Waltrip
     Team: Waltrip Racing
     Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
     Car #: 99
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Aaron's Rent
     Rookie Year: 1989
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 162
    Poles: 10
    Wins: 8
    Top-5's: 41
    Top-10's: 65
    
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      Scott Wimmer
     Car Owner: Joe Gibbs
     Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
     Hometown: Wausau, Winconsin
     Car #: 21
     Car Type: Chevy
     Car Model: Monte Carlo
     Sponsor: Rockwell Automation
     Rookie Year:
     Alternate Skins: N/A
    
        Career Stats
    Championships: 0
    Starts: 36
    Poles: 0
    Wins: 0
    Top-5's: 2
    Top-10's: 8
    
    
    
                   **STATS BASED ON AFTER 2001 BUSCH SEASON**
    
               o-----------------------------------------------o
               |                    LEGEND                     |
               |-----------------------------------------------|
               |  * : Acutal Sponsor is Drug/Alcohol related   |
               o-----------------------------------------------o
    
    
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    |                                5. Car Setups                               |
    |                                 [NT2002 5]                                 |
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
    
    Atlanta
    -------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 33 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 59*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 1.5 Turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Bristol
    -------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 32 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 70*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 3
    
    
    California
    ----------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 53*
    Suspension 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Chicagoland
    -----------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 62*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 2.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Darlington
    ----------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 33 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 53*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 3.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 5
    
    
    Daytona
    -------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 45*
    Rear Spoiler: 45*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 3.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 8
    
    
    Dover Downs
    -----------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 70*
    Suspension: 40%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 4
    
    
    Homestead-Miami
    ---------------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 75*
    Suspension: 37%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Indianapolis
    ------------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 45*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 7
    
    
    Kansas
    ------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 61*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 2.5 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Las Vegas
    ---------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30psi
    Rear Spoiler: 52*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Lowes
    -----
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 60*
    Suspension: 47%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Martinsville
    ------------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 75*
    Suspension: 70%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 2
    
    
    Michigan
    --------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 45*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    New Hampshire
    -------------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 66*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 4
    
    
    North Carolina
    --------------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 64*
    Suspension: 40%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 5
    
    
    Phoenix
    -------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 75*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 3.5 turns
    Gear Ratio: 4
    
    
    Pocono
    ------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 54*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Richmond
    --------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 70*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 3
    
    
    Sears Point
    -----------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 75*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 0.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 4
    
    
    Talladega
    ---------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 60 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 45*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 2.5 turns
    Gear Ratio: 7
    
    
    Texas
    -----
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 54*
    Suspension: 46%
    Wedge: 4.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 6
    
    
    Watkins Glen
    ------------
    Transmission: Manual
    Tire Pressure: 30 psi
    Rear Spoiler: 70*
    Suspension: 50%
    Wedge: 1.0 turns
    Gear Ratio: 5
    
    
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    |                               6. Career Mode                               |
    |                                  [NT2002 6]                                |
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
    
                                  -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                                 | Part One: Introduction |
                                 |      [NT2002 6.1]      |
                                  =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
    Career Mode is a new option in Nascar Thunder 2002.  This feature is only
    available in the PlayStation2 and X-Box versions only.  This Career Mode
    option is something that makes this game different from the other Nascar
    games.  This mode allows you to create your own car and driver (such as
    yourself) and must win 8 championships in 20 years.  When you start of with
    sponsors:
    
    
                                 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
                                | Part Two: Getting Started |
                                |       [NT2002 6.2]        |
                                 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
    As you start off in Career Mode in NASCAR Thunder 2002 you will have 20 years
    to make a name for yourself.  When you start off you'll need to create a car
    or either modify a car that you have created for just quick race.  In this
    mode you need to aquire sponsors on your car such as Primary, Secondary,
    and Associate.  With sponsors you can be able to earn money and be able to
    upgrade your car such as being able to turn more laps in before making a
    pitstop, braking, handling, etc.  Here is a list of the type of sponsors that
    you can aquire, while later on you can aquire package sponsors:
    
    
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
       | Primary: The main sponsor which appears on the hood of the car  |
       |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
       | Secondary: This sponsor appears on the side of the car          |
       |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
       | Associate: This sponsor appears on the back of the car          |
       |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
       | Package (P): Sponsor along with a full paint scheme (like #18   |
       |              MBNA Busch Car)                                    |
       o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    
    You must assign yourself with all three types of sponsors and they will
    have try to accomplish things in a certain amount of time (such as for 3
    races, 6 races or maybe even 12 races).  After you get done with a few
    races or maybe your first year you will want to go with a PACKAGE (such as
    some of the Busch cars like #18 MBNA Car, #10 Nestle, etc.).  Then you
    might be able to pick up Winston Cup rides sometime within your 7th or
    8th year.
    
    
       -=-=-=-=-=
        Upgrades
       =-=-=-=-=-
    As you earn sponsors along with more money you'll be able to purchase upgrades
    to make your car better throughout the time of your Career in NASCAR Thunder
    2002.  If you want to earn more money you want to see about winning races so
    you can go about getting more money along with any money that the sponsors
    give you.  Here are the type of upgrades that you can get throughout Career
    Mode to help you be better out the track hopefully.
    
    
       -=-=-=-=-=
         Engine
       =-=-=-=-=-
    The engine upgrades allow you to have better accerlation as well as your top
    speeds to be able to run up front more often at each race.  When you start off
    you won't have the speed that you need to be able to qualify up the front at
    the beginning of your Career but with each upgrade will help you be able to
    qualify up towards the front and even win those races that you want to win.
    I will list the level of the upgrade along with the price for each of the
    engine upgrades that you can get:
    
    
                             o------------------------------o
                             | Level 1.........$   250,000  |
                             | Level 2.........$ 1,200,000  |
                             | Level 3.........$ 2,000,000  |
                             | Level 4.........$ 5,550,000  |
                             | Level 5.........$ 9,000,000  |
                             o------------------------------o
    
    
       -=-=-=-=-=-=
         Handling
       =-=-=-=-=-=-
    The handling upgrade is actually simpliflic to understand what it does.  With
    each upgrade of this one will allow you to be able to handle the car much
    better around the track without having to drift up much in the turns nor slow
    down as much as before.  It usually depends on how the banking of the turns
    of the track may affect on the level of the handling going through the turns.
    For example the better handling that you can get the better on the flat tracks
    like Martinsville, Las Vegas or Homestead.  As for tracks like Daytona,
    Atlanta, or Talladega you may be able to race a bit of a higher line with
    each of the the higher banked tracks.  Here's the level of the upgrades along
    with the price of those upgrades that you get for the handling:
    
    
                             o------------------------------o
                             | Level 1.........$   250,000  |
                             | Level 2.........$   350,000  |
                             | Level 3.........$   850,000  |
                             | Level 4.........$ 2,000,000  |
                             | Level 5.........$ 4,000,000  |
                             o------------------------------o
    
       -=-=-=-=-=
         Brakes
       =-=-=-=-=-
    The brakes has to be the most important part of the race car.  You'll need
    brakes for tracks such as Sears Point [Infineon], Watins Glen, Martinsville,
    and other tracks that you really need brakes for.  When you get more money
    you should see about investing so when you get to tracks such where braking
    is critical so you can go about getting through the track quicker and be able
    to brake at the those tracks with ease [including slowing down to make
    pitstops].
    
    
                             o------------------------------o
                             | Level 1..........$   200,000 |
                             | Level 2..........$   250,000 |
                             | Level 3..........$   500,000 |
                             | Level 4..........$ 1,300,000 |
                             | Level 5..........$ 2,500,000 |
                             o------------------------------o
    
       -=-=-=-=-=-
         Drafting
       =-=-=-=-=-=
    For the drafting upgrades allows you to put money to have your car to be run
    through the wind tunnel.  This allows to be able to find out the car's overall
    drag and coefficient goes down but there isn't a way to view information such
    as that in this game.  With each drafting upgrade you should be able to draft
    behind anyone without much problem especially at the restrictor plate tracks
    such as Daytona and Talladega.  Upgrading your car with this upgrade allows
    your car to perform better in traffic since you will most likely be drafting
    behind one or more cars.
    
    
                             o------------------------------o
                             | Level 1..........$   200,000 |
                             | Level 2..........$   300,000 |
                             | Level 3..........$   850,000 |
                             | Level 4..........$ 1,500,000 |
                             | Level 5..........$ 3,000,000 |
                             o------------------------------o
    
      -=-=-=-=-=-=
        Pit Crew
      =-=-=-=-=-=-
    This upgrade allows you to be able to have your pit crew trained so you can
    go about reducing time that you spend on pit road.  Depending on the length of
    the races that you run this can be important to a race since you want to spend
    the least amount of time to go about either having a good run (such as being
    in the lead) or having to fall back due to a bad stop that you had.  We all
    know that you don't want a bad pitstop to the extend to where it'll cost us
    the race and not be able to get a good position especially if you're trying to
    contend for your first championship.
    
    
                             o------------------------------o
                             | Level 1..........$   200,000 |
                             | Level 2..........$   250,000 |
                             | Level 3..........$   400,000 |
                             | Level 4..........$   850,000 |
                             | Level 5..........$ 1,200,000 |
                             o------------------------------o
    
       -=-=-=-=-=-=-=
         Durability
       -=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    There are going to be times throughout your Career that you'll end up scraping
    the wall and probably end up losing positions or maybe even wreck.  The
    durability upgrades will be able to allow you to take more damage before the
    car ends up giving up on you, since the car can only take so much damage.
    Each track is different and depending on how well the cars are spread out the
    more or less accidents that will occur throughout the race.  If the cars are
    crowded together expect a big wreck if a car gets out of place but if there's
    not so many cars together you won't have to worry about many accidents.
    
    
                               o------------------------------o
                               | Level 1..........$   180,000 |
                               | Level 2..........$   250,000 |
                               | Level 3..........$   400,000 |
                               | Level 4..........$   850,000 |
                               | Level 5..........$ 1,200,000 |
                               o------------------------------o
    
    
       -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
         Tire and Fuel Efficiency
       =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    When your car travels faster the more fuel you'll waste unless you're drafting
    in which you can be able to conserve fuel that way.  If you go about combining
    these upgrades along with the engine you may be able to conserve fuel much
    easier without having to draft with anyone that you get behind.
    
    
                               o------------------------------o
                               | Level 1..........$   180,000 |
                               | Level 2..........$   280,000 |
                               | Level 3..........$   850,000 |
                               | Level 4..........$ 1,500,000 |
                               | Level 5..........$ 3,000,000 |
                               o------------------------------o
    
    
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    |                           7. Secrets in Nascar Thunder                     |
    |                                 [NT2002 8]                                 |
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    There are three types of secrets in Nascar Thunder 2002 for the PlayStation2,
    X-Box:
    
    
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                          | Part One: Unlocking Busch Drivers |
                          |           [NT2002 7.1]            |
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    To unlock the Busch Drivers you must go through Season mode to be able to
    unlock a few Busch Cars.  If you continue this you should be able to unlock
    all of them by when you complete your 8th or 9th Championship.
    
    
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                          | Part Two: Unlocking Hidden Drivers |
                          |            [NT2002 7.2]            |
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    To unlock the hidden drivers you must go to the create a car option and enter
    the following names:
    
       Dave Alpern          Kristi Jones
       Buster Auton         Joey Joulwan
       Scott Brewer         Cheryl King
       Audrey Clark         Mandy Misiak
       Rick Edwards         Josh Neelson
       Michelle Emser       Dave Nichols
       Katrina Goode        Benny Parsons
       Diane Grubb          Ken Patterson
       Jim Hannigan         Dick Paysor
       Troi Hayes           Tom Renedo
       Crissy Hilsworth     Sasha Soares
       Traci Hultzapple     Chuck Spicer
       Rick Humphrey        Daryle Wolfe
    
    
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                           | Part Three:  Bonus Championship FMV |
                           |             [NT2002 7.3]            |
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    To see the Bonus FMV with Richard Petty you have to win eight Championships to
    see this Bonus Championship Video, which is a video about Richard "The King"
    Petty.
    
    
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    |                         8. Tribute to Dale Earnhardt                       |
    |                                 [NT2002 8]                                 |
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    Dale Earnhardt was considered one of the best NASCAR drivers since Richard
    Petty.  Earnhardt joined NASCAR full time in 1979 up until the tragic crash at
    the Daytona 500 in 2001 which was a little over a year ago.  He was considered
    the master of drafting.  Earnhardt won races but was trying to win the race
    that eluted him since his rookie year, winning the Daytona 500.  Dale had a
    chance to win it in 1990 but a blown tire prevented him from winning the race
    but with that blown tire gave the lead to Derrike Cope who went on to win that
    race.
    
    Earnhardt had no intention of winning seven championships nor winning a lot of
    races throughout his career.  If there was a driver who could get the job done
    it was Earnhardt, who always challenged anyone to win the race.  When Earnhardt
    finally won the Daytona 500 he broke a 59 race losing streak but that was a
    day that nobody will ever forget especially the whole Nascar community, but no
    one would expect what would happen at that track three years later.
    
    Dale Earnhardt won his seventh and final championship in 1994, but after that
    Earnhardt kept trying to capture the elusive eight championship to end the tie
    between him and "The King" Richard Petty.  Earnhardt captured his 76th and
    final victory at the second race at Talladega, where a year later Dale
    Earnhardt Jr. won the race where his father won a year earlier.  Then came
    the 2001 Daytona 500, it seemed like a great day for racing but nobody
    including Earnhardt himself would know what was going to happen.  When there
    was twenty-five laps to go a major crash on the backstretch starting with Tony
    Stewart occurred wiping out 20 of the cars.
    
    Of course the race was red flagged until it was safe to race again.  They were
    able to get underway to continue on with the race, but on the final lap Michael
    Waltrip, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (teammates) following them was "The
    Intimidator" Dale Earnhardt coming right behind them.  They later were able to
    get a bit farther ahead of Sr. and headed into Turn 3.  When Earnhardt was in
    Turn 4 he made contact with Sterling Marlin and went crashing into the wall
    taking Schrader with him.  Dale Earnhardt was later pronounced dead and when
    the news got to the Nascar community it was the darkest hours at Daytona.
    Everyone was in shock after hearing the tragic news.  It's still sad not
    seeing the black number three in the field and racing.
    
    
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    Dale Earnhardt may be dead, but his legacy that he left with everyone and the
    legend will live forever.
    
    
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    |                           9. Credits / Legal Notice                        |
    |                                 [NT2002 9]                                 |
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                           | Part One: Allowed / Banned Sites |
                           |           [NT2002 9.1]           |
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    Here I would like to list of where you can find the walkthrough for this game
    as well as who had a part of making it possible.  If you find this walkthrough
    on any site other than the ones that are allowed be sure to e-mail me to let
    me know about it.
    
       +=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-+    +-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=+
       |         Allowed Sites        |    |          Banned Sites            |
       |------------------------------|    |----------------------------------|
       | GameFAQs: www.gamefaqs.com   |    | CheatCC: www.cheatcc.com         |
       | Neoseeker: www.neoseeker.com |    | Cheats Guru: www.cheatsguru.com  |
       +-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=+    | Cheat Codes: www.cheatcodes.com  |
                                           +-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=+
    
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                            | Part Two: Credits / Legal Notice |
                            |           [NT2002 9.2]           |
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        +---------+
        | Tiburon |
        +---------+
    I would like to give credit to Tiburon for making a great Nascar game on the
    Sony PlaySation2, Microsoft Xbox as well as making it as realistic as
    possible.  Also I would like to give them credit for having all 23 tracks [for
    the first time in a NASCAR game to have all the tracks].
    
    
        +-------------+
        | Prima Games |
        +-------------+
    I would like to give credit to Prima Game for the publishing the Official
    Guide and that's where I got most of the information from such as Car Setups.
    
    
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        | asa2377 |
        +---------+
    I would like to give credit to asa2377 for the ASCII artwork for NASCAR
    Thunder 2002.
    
    
    This document is copyrighted 2002 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 becuase
    if any author finds out about someone doing something with their work it is
    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.
    
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    End of Document.  2002 Stephen "Warhawk" Harris

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