Nascar Thunder 2003
Submitted by: conner54
Select the Thunder Challenge or Lightning Challenge at the game mode screen.
Complete the various challenges to get new Thunder Plates. Note: The Plates
are awarded randomly from game to game -- winning a certain track with a
particular driver will not unlock the same Plate between games.
Night tracks and alternate tracks:
Race at the desired track in quick race mode under the veteran difficulty
setting. Win the race to unlock a night or alternate version of it.
To get all the paint schemes for all the drivers, race with the desired
driver. Select any track in quick race mode under the veteran difficulty
setting. Win the race to unlock one paint scheme. To get more, go to another
race track or the same one at a different time (for example, Bristol day or
night). This will not work if its the same time of day, such as the two
Richmond races or the two Loudon races.
Daytona: Easy win:
Make sure the race is set on ten percent difficulty. Then, cause a crash
on lap four. If done correctly, there should be a caution. Go into the
pits, and ignore that fact if no one else also enters. You will probably
be last, but there will soon be another caution and the leaders will come
in. Stay out and do not pit. After the stop, you should be in first or
second place. You will run low on gas, but you will not run out. Block and
you will be able to win.
Tiburon Speedway track:
Complete any Lightning Challenge. Recommendations for the challenges are
either Wrecord or The Big One on Talledega starring the #4 driver. For Car
Setups, set the Gear Ratio Preset to 10 where Top Speed is 7/8 full and
Acceleration is 1/8 full. Then, set Tire Pressure to 30 PSI.
Then go to Downforce and set both options to the minimum level so that Top
Speed is increased. You will be able to reach speeds of over 240 mph.
The reason this is fast is because unlike other tracks, there are no
Restrictor Plates to keep drivers from going over 200 mph.
Win all eight championships and get the Eight Championships video with a
New Lightning challenge.
Make sure all races are set on ten percent race length. Drive into the
grass and spin out on lap four, rather than crash. This way, your car is
not damaged and you are better able to draft. It also works on lap 7 of
all 26 lap races under the 10 percent setting, and on lap 12 or 13 of 39
to 40 lap races.
Get pole position:
Before running a veteran race in quick race mode, take the Thunder license
and complete all three levels of the test for the desired track. This will
give the first (pole) starting position.
Draft with the car in front of you for awhile. When you just come out of
a turn, move over and you should pass him. You can also do this on a straight
away, but it works much better coming out of a turn. Also, drafting helps
fuel mileage and your speed.
Faster donuts on celebration:
When you win a race and start to celebrate, begin to do a donut. When you
are spinning, hold the brake and your car will spin even faster.
Career mode set-ups:
During your first years in career mode, your crew chief will not be as
experienced in choosing the correct setup for Superspeedways. If you go
with his decisions, you will not finish well. Instead, go to practice mode
and get a feel for the track. If your lap times do not come close to the
pole sitter's time (about one or two seconds), then make changes on your
car. Increase your fourth gear ratio by four or five notches; you will
see your acceleration increase. This will allow you to achieve your top
speed faster, and you can accelerate out of the corners faster.
It is also a good idea to pit at the halfway mark on a 5% race, as most cars
will take the next lap to pit and you will not run into pit road traffic.
Remember to draft, and you can finish with a good position, and perhaps
Better acceleration and easier handling:
For all of the tracks except for Daytona and Talledega, go into car setup before
the race. Change your tire pressure down to 15 psi for better acceleration and
easier handling. For Daytona and Talledega, leave it at 25 psi.
Go to career mode and set it up at either 12, 24, or 36 races at 25% or more. Turn
cautions off and when you start, slam on your brakes and turn around. Hit the cars
at high speed (especially in the back by the fuel tank, which is their weak spot)
and they will sometimes catch on fire. When this happens, the car on fire is out
of the race. You can also do this by hitting the car and blocking its movements
while it is up against the wall. This will also knock a car out of the race after
about a minute. Keep on doing this, and if you are good enough, you can knock all
the cars out. Then, turn around and finish the race by yourself in first place.
This is a good way to increase your prestige and earnings, especially in the early
years of your new career.
Make sure all races are set on ten percent race length. Drive into the grass and
spin out on lap four, rather than crash. This way, your car is not damaged and you
are better able to draft. It also works on lap 7 of all 26 lap races under the 10
percent setting, and on lap 12 or 13 of 39 to 40 lap races.
Set your gear ratios to preset 6 and tire pressure at 21 psi. You will go up to 194
mph. Note: It will take your car some time to get up to speed, but on the second lap
you might even reach speeds of 197 mph (because you will be drafting).
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