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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.


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Alternate Titles

  • "云斯顿热力赛车2002" -- Chinese title (simplified)

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GamePro (US) Nov 29, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
GameZone Dec 21, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Target Apr 10, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2001 8 out of 10 80
IGN Dec 05, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot Nov 16, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Gaming Age 2001 B 75
Gamezilla Dec 05, 2001 73 out of 100 73


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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.

Dave Broske (101) added NASCAR Heat 2002 (Xbox) on May 22, 2004
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