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NASCAR Unleashed box art
NASCAR Unleashed is an arcade racing game, allowing players to play as 15 different drivers in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing series, and race around six locations including Chicagoland Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and a fictional city. Each location has multiple layouts, which accounts for 12 different track layouts.
15 real life NASCAR drivers are featured in the game, followed by 3 fictional drivers. Each driver has one paint scheme available when one starts the game, and the more one progresses through the championships, the more bonus paint schemes one will unlock.
The game has received mixed reviews. Operation Sports rated it 4.5/10, praising the spin on the tracks, but criticized the lack of online multiplayer and repitiveness. PlayStation: The Official Magazine gave the game a 60/100 score, stating that "It may not be a game for racing purists, but it you're looking to introduce stock car racing to a child, look no further."  Game Informer gave the game a rating of 70/100, saying that "NASCAR Unleashed may be just another kart racer, but it's also not as foreign of a concept to the sport as you may think. Its drafting, rivalries, and car contact are certainly key aspects of the sport represented here – just not enough."