## # ###### ###### ###### ###### ##### # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # ###### ###### # ###### ## # # # # # # # # # # # # ## # # # # # # # # # # # # ###### ###### # # # # ######## # # # # ## # ###### ###### ##### # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # ####### # # # # # # # ###### ## # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # ## # # # # # # # # ####### # # ###### ###### # # ###### ###### ###### ###### # # # # # # # # # # # # ###### # # # # ###### # # # # # # # # # # # # ###### ###### ###### ###### ======================================================================= Nascar Thunder 2002 Platform: PlayStation2 Author: Warhawk Real Name: Stephen Harris E-Mail Address: harris22@empacc.net Date Created: February 2, 2002 Websites that this guide will be on: www.gamefaqs.com http://cheatplanet.com www.cheathappens.com www.cheatcc.com http://gameguru.box.sk ======================================================================= UPDATES: 2/2/02 9:11PM EST -Busch Drivers added in Drivers section 2/7/02 4:20PM EST -Career Mode Added 2/8/02 4:39PM EST -Credits and References Sections Added -Guide Modified a bit 2/16/02 12:15PM EST -Guide fixed a bit 2/21/02 6:24PM EST -Tribute to Dale Earnhardt Added 2/22/02 11:46AM EST -Four more hosts for my guide 10:11PM EST -Secrets in Nascar Thunder added 2/24/02 7:44PM EST -Car Setups Updated ======================================================================= This document Copyrighted 2002 Stephen Harris. If anyone wants to put this guide on their website please contact me first to get my permission. If you post this Guide without my permission I will have to contact the one in charge of the website to tell them to take the guide off of your website (that's if you host on a website). EX: www.classicgaming.com/ummxzw which is a example of that kind of a website. This guide will only be posted on www.gamefaqs.com and other websites that are listed above, unless someone asks for my permission to put it on their website. If this strategy guide is published without my consent will be taken to court and will be sued for publishing this guide. NOTE: I would like to mention something to people who read this strategy guide. If you see this guide on another website other than the ones posted please let me know ASAP so I can talk to them about it. If they already have my permission then I won't do anything about it. Also this guide may seem similiar to the one I done for the PlayStation (PS One) version of this game but there are few things different in this guide then that of the one I did for the PS One. =================== Table of Contents =================== 1. Contact the Author of this FAQ 2. Controls 3. Tracks 4. Winston Cup Drivers 5. Busch Drivers 6. Car Setups 7. Career Mode 8. Secrets in Nascar Thunder *8.1 Unlocking Busch Drivers *8.2 Unlocking Hidden Drivers 9. Tribute to Dale Earnhardt 10. Credits 11. References Note: Career Mode will be up with the next update ==================================== 1. Contact the Author of this FAQ: ==================================== To contact Warhawk (Stephen Harris) you can send a e-mail to me at the following e-mail address: harris22@empacc.net. If anyone has any questions about something that I mentioned in this FAQ and might need a little more help don't feel afraid to contact me, but if you have any questions, comments, or anything that I might have forgotten to put in the FAQ please feel free to contact me about this. ============= 2. Controls ============= Gas- X Shift Up- R2 Brake- Square Shift Down- R1 Reverse- Triangle (when stopped) Pause Game- Start Change View- Circle Toggle HUD ON/OFF- Select Track Map/Damage meter- L1 Toggle Rear View Mirror- L2 =========== 3. Tracks =========== 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 Track History: 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* Banking on Straightaways: 16* Track History: Before the banking was 33*, the banking used to be 22*. In the ver first race at Bristol 42 cars started the but only 19 finished. In the spring in 1978 the name of the track was changed to Bristol International Speedway but in 1996 it was offically changed to Bristol Motor Speedway. California Location: Fontana Cali. 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* Track History: In May of 1995 the California Speedway opened. But it wasn't until 1997 when the Nascar Winston Cup made their debut on this unique track. 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* Banking on Front Stretch: 11* Banking on Back Stretch: 5* Track History: It took $100 million to build this newly-built track 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* Banking on Straights: 2* Track History: 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* Banking on Tri-Oval: 18* Banking on Straight: 3* Track History: This track was opened in 1959. At the end of the of the opening race it was a photo finish between Lee Petty and Tim Beauhamp. Dale Earnhardt has more wins at this then any other driver with 34 wins (including the 1998 Daytona 500 victory). Charles Moneypenny designed this 2.5 mile oval. Daytona Beach Location: Daytona Beach, Florida Distance: 2.15 miles(actual length 4.15 miles) Track Type: Road Course Track History: Drivers raced here from 1948-1959. Dover Downs Location: Dover, Delaware Front Stretch: 1,076 ft. Distance: 1.0 miles Back Stretch: 1,076 ft. Banking in Turns: 24* Website: www.doverdowns.com Banking on Straights: 9* Track History: Homestead-Miami Location: Homestead, Florida Front Stretch: 1,760 ft. Distance: 1.5 miles Back Stretch: 1,760 ft. Banking in Turns: 6* Website: www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com Banking on Front Straight: 2* Track History: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Location: Speedway, Indiana Front Stretch: 3,300 ft. Distance: 2.5 miles Back Stretch: 3,300 ft. Banking in Turns: 12* Website: www.brickyard.com Banking on Straights: 9* Track History: It took 3,200,000 bricks to build this 2.5 mile rectangular track. The constructing of this track began in the spring of 1909 on 328 acres of farm land five miles northwest of the capital of Indiana. The original surface consisted of crushed rock and tar proving hazardous at the opening motorcycle and automobile events. It was later then paved with the 3.2 million bricks with motar and sand, and that's when the track became known as "THE BRICKYARD". Nascar WC series made their debut at this track in 1994, with Jeff Gordon winning the inaugral race at this track. 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* Track History: 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* Banking on Front Stretch: 8* Banking on Back Stretch: 5* Track History: 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* Banking on Front Stretch: 5* Track History: This track was designed and built in 1959 by current chairman O. Bruton Smith and the late Curtis Turner as hisbusiness partner. On June 19, 1960 the first World 600 was held at this track. The lighting system at this track was installed in 1992 allowing for night time auto racing events at this track. 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* Track History: This track opened back in 1947. This track is nicknamed "Two drag strips with two turnaround at each end." NASCAR made their here in 1949 and Red Bryon won the inaugral at this track. Martinsville wasn't paved until 1955. This track was designed by Clay Earles. 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* Banking on Front Stretch: 12* Banking on Back Stretch: 5* Track History: Charles Moneypenny (the one who designed the track Daytona)designed this 2.0 mile oval. The original layout including inferior and exterior which could be convered in three ortwo 1.9 road courses. These road were designed by Stirling Moss and are still used on a limited basis forpassenger car testing by law by enforcement agencies 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* Banking on Straights: 2* Track History: 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* Banking in Turns 3&4: 25* Banking on Straights: 8* Track History: 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* Banking in Turns 3&4: 9* Banking on Straights: 0* Track History: Pocono Location: Long Pond, Pennsylvania Banking in Turn 3: 6* Distance: 2.5 miles Front Stretch: 3,740 ft. Track Type: Superspeedway Short Stretch: 3,055 ft. Banking on Straights: 1* Website: www.poconoraceway.com Banking in Turn 1: 14* Banking in Turn 2: 8* Track History: 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* Banking on Front Stretch: 8* Banking on Back Stretch: 2* Track History: Richmond used to be a 1/2 mile dirt track until it was paved in 1968. The first race here at Richmon was held October 12, 1946. This track was reconfigured in September of 1988. Sears Point Location: Sonama, California Distance: 1.949 miles Track Type: Road Course Website: www.searspoint.com Track History: 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 Truns 1&2: 33* Banking on Front Stretch: 18* Banking on Back Stretch: 2* Track History: 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* Track History: Watkins Glen Location: Watkins Glen, New York Distance: 2.454 miles Track Type: Road Course Website: www.theglen.com Track History: ======================== 4. Winston Cup Drivers ======================== Driver Name Make Car # Sponsor John Andretti Dodge 43 Cheerios Casey Atwood** Dodge 19 Dodge Johnny Benson Pontiac 10 Valvoline Jeff Burton Ford 99 Citgo Supergard Ward Burton Dodge 22 Caterpillar Kurt Busch** Ford 97 Sharpie Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.* Bill Elliott Dodge 9 Dodge Jeff Green Chevy 30 America On-Line Jeff Gordon Chevy 24 DuPont Bobby Hamilton Chevy 55 SquareD Kevin Harvick** Chevy 29 GM Goodwrench Service Dale Jarrett Ford 88 UPS Matt Kenseth Ford 17 DeWalt Bobby Labonte Pontiac 18 Interstate Batteries Terry Labonte Chevy 5 Kellogg's Jason Leffler Dodge 01 Cingular Wireless Kevin LePage Chevy 4 Kodak Sterlin Marlin Dodge 40 Ganassi Racing* Mark Martin Ford 6 Mark Martin* Jeremy Mayfield Ford 12 Mobil 1 Jerry Nadeau Chevy 25 UAW-Delphi Joe Nemechek Chevy 33 Oakwood Homes Ryan Newman Ford 02 ALLTEL Steve Park Chevy 1 Pennzoil Kyle Petty Dodge 45 Sprint PCS Richard Petty Dodge 43 STP Ricky Rudd Ford 28 Havoline Elliott Sadler Ford 21 Motorcraft Ken Schrader Pontiac 36 M&M's Mike Skinner Chevy 31 Lowe's Jimmy Spencer Ford 26 K-Mart Tony Stewart Pontiac 20 Home Depot Rusty Wallace Ford 2 Team Rusty* Kenny Wallace Pontiac 27 Duke's Mayonnaise Michael Waltrip Chevy 15 NAPA Auto Parts *Actual Sponsor is a Alcohol or Drug **Rookie of the 2001 Season ================== 5. Busch Drivers ================== Drivers Name Make Car # Sponsor Greg Biffle Ford 60 Grainger Mike Dillion Chevy 21 Rockwell Automation Jeff Green Ford 10 Nesquik Kevin Grubb Chevy 37 Timber Wolf Shane Hall Ford 63 Lance Snacks Jason Keller Ford 57 Albertsons Randy Lajoie Pontiac 7 Kleenex Chad Little Chevy 74 Staff America Mike McLauglin Pontiac 18 MBNA Jamie McMurray Chevy 27 Williams Travel Centers Tony Raines Chevy 33 Bayer Jay Sauter Chevy 43 Quality Farm and Country Elton Sawyer Ford 98 Starter/Hot Michael Waltrip Chevy 99 Aaron's Rent Scott Wimmer Pontiac 23 Jani-King *Actual Sponsor is a Alcohol/Drug **Rookie of the 2001 season =============== 6. Car Setups =============== 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: 32* 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 ================ 7. Career Mode ================ ============================== 8. Secrets in Nascar Thunder ============================== There are two types of secrets in Nascar Thunder 2002 for the PlayStation2. ============================= 8.1 Unlocking Busch Drivers ============================= To unlock the Busch Drivers you must go through Season mode to be able to unlock a few of the Busch Drivers. Continue this same process to until you you get all Busch Drivers unlocked. ============================== 8.2 Unlocking Hidden Drivers ============================== To unlock the hidden drivers you must go to the create a car option and enter the following names. ============================== 9. Tribute to Dale Earnhardt ============================== 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 ealier. 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 occured 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 Intimiadator" 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. 3333333 3 3 3333333 3 3 3333333 Dale Earnhardt may be dead, but his legacy that he left with everyone and the legend will live forever. ============ 10. Credits ============ -I would like to give credit to Tiburon for making such a great NASCAR game -Finally I would like to give credit to Tiburon all 23 tracks for the first time in a NASCAR game. -Nascar Thunder 2002 strategy guide written by Keith M Kolmos and Prima Pubishing for the strategy becuase that's were I got most information from. The only information I didn't get from the guide is for the setups for the 23 tracks in the PlayStation version of Nascar Thunder and the track history. -I would like to give credit to the following websites for the history of the tracks: www.nascar.com, www.mispeedway.com, www.brickyard.com, www.bristolmotorspeedway.com, www.lowesmotorspeedway.com, www.martinsvillespeedway.com ================ 11. References ================ My reference in making this guide was the Nascar Thunder 2002 strategy guide written by Keith M. Kolmos and published by Prima Games. If you want to contact Prima publishing for a copy of their guide please contact them at the following address, website and phone number: Prima Games A Division of Random House, INC. 3000 Lava Ridge Court Roseville, CA 95661 (916)-787-7000 www.primagames.com NOTE: I can not guarantee know if you contact Prima Games with the address or the phone number, that you'll be able to get information about getting the strategy guide made by Prima Games.