NASCAR Unleashed

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NASCAR Unleashed
Developer(s) Firebrand Games
Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA November 1, 2011
Genre(s) Auto racing

NASCAR Unleashed is a racing video game developed by Firebrand Games and published by Activision. It was released on November 1, 2011 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS.


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.

List of drivers featured in the game are as follows:

Number Driver Main Scheme Bonus #1 Bonus #2
16 Greg Biffle 3M N/A N/A
33 Clint Bowyer BB&T Cheerios American Ethanol
31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar N/A N/A
18 Kyle Busch M&M's Interstate Batteries N/A
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Mountain Dew (Retro) National Guard (special scheme) N/A
99 Carl Edwards Aflac N/A N/A
24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Drive to End Hunger Pepsi Max
11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express FedEx Freight FedEx Office
29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Rheem N/A
48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Kobalt Tools N/A
17 Matt Kenseth Wiley X N/A N/A
20 Joey Logano Home Depot N/A N/A
5 Mark Martin Farmers Insurance Quaker State
39 Ryan Newman US Army Tornados Haas Automation
14 Tony Stewart Office Depot Mobil 1 N/A
53 Fictional car #1 Activision N/A N/A
53 Fictional car #2 Firebrand Games N/A N/A
53 Fictional car #3 Octane N/A N/A


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.[1] Nintendolife gave the 3DS version 3/10 stars, acknowledging the sense of speed and frame rate along with the music, but criticizing the AI along with the controls on narrow tracks, describing the game as "a steaming pile of shovelware aimed directly at unsuspecting NASCAR fans." [2] 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." [3] Game Informer gave the game a ratiing 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."[4]


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