NASCAR Thunder 2003
Enter Extra Drivers as a name at the create a car
Enter Dale Earnhardt as a name at the create a car screen.
Enter Richard Petty as a name at the create a car screen.
Tiburon Speedway track:
Use a memory card with a saved file from an EA Sports 2003 game.
Note: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 is not included in the
list of games that work.
Alternately, 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.
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.
Hint: Eight Championships:
Win all eight championships and get the Eight Championships
video with a New Lightning challenge.
Hint: Easy win:
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.
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.
At any short track, set your psi (tire pressure) all the way to
60 and just run on the wall. Keep the wheel turned all the way
to the left and you should have an easy win.
Hint: Road courses:
Under "Car Set-up", go to "Gear Ratio".
Change gear 4 and the rear end gear all the way to the left. Accept
the changes. During the race, you will fly by the other cars,
but will blow your engine. Once this happens, quickly press Square
to repair your car. The caution flag will appear. Get enough gas
for the rest of the race and the others will stay out. Keep doing
these steps, accept and do not pit, and you are guaranteed a top
Hint: Easy paint schemes:
Use the following trick to unlock your favorite driver's
paint schemes easily. First, set the difficulty level to veteran
or legend. Then, set the race length to 3%. Turn on unlimited
tires and fuel and turn off damage. Go into quick race and choose
the driver whose paint scheme you want to unlock. Choose Daytona
Night (Pepsi 400). Before you qualify, go into car setup and set
the transmission to manual. Set the gear ratio to 5. Exit out
and qualify. You will notice your car is much faster than the
others. You are running it at over 9500 rpm (about 193 to 198
mph). No one will be able to catch you. The race is very quick.
In less than an hour's time, you can unlock many driver paint
To unlock paint schemes, instead of using the veteran difficulty
setting, go to the rookie setting switch the speed one level to
the right. It will become custom. This will also unlock paint
Win two titles to unlock the Driver Kitt paint.
When you finish a Lightning Challenge, you may get drivers, tracks,
or paint schemes. Complete about four Lightning Challenges and
you may get some. Keep to get more paint schemes.
Hint: 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
Hint: 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.
Hint: Pass easily:
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
Hint: 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.
Hint: Tiburon Speedway track:
Go into the Lightning Challenges. Choose the one with
Jimmie Johnson (Home Sweet California) and win the race to unlock
the Tiburon Speedway and another Thunder Plate.
Hint: Bristol: Easy win:
First, turn on the running line, and unlimited fuel
and tires. Qualify as you would for any track. During the race,
when the running line turns red, wait a moment before letting
off the gas. Then, press the gas when you reach the green again.
The car will automatically go high, and the other cars will slow
down. You can go around them. It may take a few laps, but eventually
you will be running in the front. This tactic can be adapted for
all short tracks.
When at Bristol Motor Speedway on the second lap, on the second
turn the other cars will slow down.
Hint: Bristol: Great crash:
Go to Bristol, turn around, and run directly into the
lead car. If yellow flags are on, you will not be able to turn
Hint: Daytona: Easy win:
Make sure the race is set on ten percent race length.
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.
At Daytona in career mode in the Datona 500, when you pit instead
of taking four tires or right side tires, take on left side tires
and enough fuel to make it to the finish. You should leave the
pits in first place, providing that you came in first or near
Hint: Daytona: Super speed:
Go to Daytona Super Speedway at any length. At a round
of pit stops, before you enter, go to speeds of 71 to 75 mph.
Do your pit stop with a penalty; your speeds should be at around
207 mph. This will work about 50% of the time.
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).
Hint: Lowe's Motor Speedway: Car setup:
The following setup is to be used with caution. With
this setup, your car can and will slide out of turn four and hit
a wall if you are not careful. Change the car setup to the following
settings. Tire Pressure: 23 PSI; Down force: Fender Flare, 74";
Rear Spoiler, 51 degrees; Suspension: Front and Rear Springs at
100%, sway bar at 1/4 ", and Wedge at -4.0; Gears: first
to 1.30, second to 1.10, third- 2.00, fourth- .80; and Rear End
to 4.60. This setup takes away the handling needed to succeed
on Lowe's, but the speed will give you an advantage. The acceleration
combined with the speed will get you up to about 195 mph by turn
four, lap one. Also, this setup allows you to not let off the
gas if you have all assists on. Use unlimited gas/tires for this,
as it will eat your tires.
Hint: Talladega: Easy win:
Go to the car set-up then select the gear ratios. Set
the ratio number to "5". Make sure damage is off, and
tire wear is unlimited. Also, use a manual transmission. Note:
This can also be used at Daytona.
Hint: Talladega: Car setups:
Go into car setup. Go into "Gear Ratios"
and change the two down at the very bottom to "89" and
"4.45" respectively. Note: "4.45" for the
bottom one and "89" for the one above it. Accept the
changes, start the race, and by the end of the back stretch on
the first lap, you can get up to and over 200 mph.
Tye, Johnny, and Jimmy.
Go into car setup. Then, select "Auto Transmission".
Set the tire pressure to "30". Loosen or tighten the
car as desired. Finally, go to the gear ratios. Leave the first
gear as is. Set second gear to "1.85", third gear go
"1.35", fourth gear to "1.01" or "1.02",
and leave rear end as is. When you start the race, second and
third gear will be a little slow, but when you get to fourth you
will blow them away. At the end of the first lap you should be
going about 190 to 195 mph.
Hint: Tiburon: Great crash:
Let all the cars pass you at the star of the race.
Line up on the start/finish line so that the front of your car
is facing the wall and the back of it is facing the pits. Hold
the brakes and wait for the other cars to come around. With you
parked out on the track and the other cars coming around, they
will hit you. When they do, you and other cars will go flying
up in the air. Sometimes this takes out four or more cars, and
perhaps even all of them.
Hint: Watkins Glen: Easy win:
Set the race length to 5%. On the first lap, cause
a caution. When asked to pit, do not. On the second lap, cause
another caution. This time when asked, pit. You will be 43rd place,
but just before lap 4 everyone else will have to come in and pit.
You will coast to an easy win with enough fuel and tires.
Turn damage off, cautions off and leave unlimited gas/tires off,
so you cannot be destroyed. Note: This works on Watkins Glen or
Infineon. At the starting of the race immediately, move off to
either side of the track without slowing the other cars down.
Around the start line, go sideways and hold the brake. When they
come around, they should run into but you will not go very far.
Then, wait there. They should start running into each other. Sometimes
they will all start bouncing around like popcorn. At one point
they will disappear. Go after any one that has gotten past by
going backwards. When they are all blown up, keep getting fuel
and doing laps until you are in first place. Then, drive at the
wall until your gas runs out. You will still win. This useful
for unlocking the Thunder Plate races.
Hint: Bud Shoot Out:
On the first lap, go into the pits and take on left
side tires only (no gas or repairs). When you leave the pits,
cause a caution. After all of the caution laps, there will only
be one lap remaining and not enough time for anyone to pit.
Hint: Lap It Up lightning challenge:
At Martinsville Speedway using the 43 car, drive the
first few laps with auto-brake on. Try to get as close as you
can to Jeff Burton. Then on the last turn, turn off the auto-brake
and try to hit Burton on the side, letting you in the lead and
win. This may require several attempts, as you may get penalized
for reckless driving and sometimes will not get close enough.
Hint: Pay At The Pump lightning challenge:
During the Pay At The Pump challenge, step on the gas
all through the track. Put a big enough lead on Bobby Labonte
and Sterling Marlin so that it is about a two to three second
gap. You will run out of gas at the exit of turn four, depending
on how hard you have been pushing the car. If the lead is big
enough, just block and you will win the challenge. This may take
a few attempts, but if you drive the car correctly it will be
an easy way to win.
Hint: Pocono thunder challenge:
Press Start during the race. Go to the settings
and set "Auto Brake" to "Off". Set "Stability
Control" to "Limited". You will be able to catch
your opponent. Try to stay off the wall; if you hit it too much
you car will be gone.
Hint: The Big One lightning challenge:
At the start of the challenge or a few seconds after,
slow the car to 181 to 183 mph. Do not let the meter at the top
of the screen transfer below 24th or you will be out of contention.
When you feel that you have enough room between the cars that
will wreck and yourself, accelerate. You should have enough speed
to get to about 4th place. Stay alert to dodge the wrecking cars.
Do not slow if you happen to drive through some smoke. You have
to time it correctly in order to catch the lead pack.
Hint: 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 even win.
Hint: Rookie stripes:
When in career mode, the back of your bumper has yellow
stripes on it. When you get to the second season, they will be
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