Race as one of twenty-five drivers at nineteen tracks, in this simulation of the 2001 Winston Cup season. Race head-to-head against your friends, or try to beat the real drivers' ghost cars in Race The Pro. Real racing scenarios are recreated to provide a quick challenge, in Beat the Heat.
The Xbox version differs from the PS2 version: it has all-new track models, textures, and car models. Also, rather than returning to the UI between Practice/Qualify/Race, the player would experience "race day" on a track-side monitor.
NASCAR Heat 2002 (PS2) was Monster Games' first console game, and was one of the first racing simulations for the PS2 in the US market. It is a direct descendant of NASCAR Heat (PC) (2000, Monster Games).
The xbox version remains one of the few xbox games that can play four-player split-screen in link play, with a maximum of 32 players. At 2001's E3 Expo, attendees could play in an eight-player link race between Microsoft's booth and Infogrames' booth.