Introduction of this FAQ ======================== The purpose of my FAQ is to give you the reader a heads-up on which Thunder Plates will unlock which things so that you will be able to make informed decisions on which you'd like to purchase. When I started up the game and went in to buy some, the first thing I did was try to find a FAQ that identified which each was so I didn't have to waste time buying some and then resetting. I could not find a list, so I had to do that and at one point I unfortunately had the autosave on and exited and had to start all over again. So here, for your convenience, is a list of all the Thunder Plates and what they do so that you know what you are getting yourself into when you spend your hard earned skill points. You can unlock all of the by going to edit driver and type Open Sesame. How my FAQ is organized... My FAQ is in a list format, broken down by categories. The page number corresponds directly to the page in the thunder plates menu, while the separate number (1,2,3,4,5,6) correspond to their placement on that page. 1 = Top left 2 = Top middle 3 = Top right 4 = Bottom left 5 = Bottom middle 6 = Bottom right ======== RACEPOLE ======== These are free pole position plates. You get the pole for each of these races in Nextel Cup and other series. Page 1 1 RACEPOLE - Atlanta Motor Speedway 2 RACEPOLE - Bristol Motor Speedway 3 RACEPOLE - California Speedway 4 RACEPOLE - Chicagoland Speedway 5 RACEPOLE - Darlington 6 RACEPOLE - Daytona International Speedway (DIS) Page 2 1 RACEPOLE - Dover International Speedway 2 RACEPOLE - Homestead Miami Speedway 3 RACEPOLE - Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4 RACEPOLE - Infineon Raceway 5 RACEPOLE - Kansas Speedway 6 RACEPOLE - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Page 3 1 RACEPOLE - Lowe's Motor Speedway 2 RACEPOLE - Martinsville Speedway 3 RACEPOLE - Michigan International Speedway 4 RACEPOLE - New Hampshire International Speedway 5 RACEPOLE - North Carolina Speedway 6 RACEPOLE - Phoenix International Speedway Page 4 1 RACEPOLE - Richmond International Speedway 2 RACEPOLE - Talledega Super Speedway 3 RACEPOLE - Texas Motor Speedway 4 RACEPOLE - Watkin's Glen ========= NEW EVENT ========= These plates unlock new tracks or situations for use in different game modes. They are marked here first by the track and then by stipulation. Night means that it opens up a night race version of that track. Road means that it opens up the road course that is available at that track. Also, new tracks like the Old Spice Speedway can be opened up. These plates are marked afterwards by the series for which they open up, such as Nextel or Craftsman. Page4 5 NEW EVENT - Atlanta Motor Speedway/Night 6 NEW EVENT - Darlington/Night Page 5 1 NEW EVENT - Daytona International Speedway/Road 2 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Craftsman 3 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/National 4 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Nextel 5 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Production 6 NEW EVENT - Dover International Speedway/Night Page 6 1 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Featherlite 2 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Craftsman 3 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Nextel 4 NEW EVENT - Las Vegas Motor Speedway/Night 5 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/Craftsman 6 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/National Page 7 1 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/Nextel 2 NEW EVENT - Martinsville Speedway/Night 3 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Featherlite 4 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Craftsman 5 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Nextel 6 NEW EVENT - Nazareth Speedway/Special Event/Featherlite Page 8 1 NEW EVENT - Nazareth Speedway/Special Event/Nextel 2 NEW EVENT - North Carolina Speedway/Night 3 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Craftsman 4 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/National 5 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Nextel 6 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Production Page 9 1 NEW EVENT - Phoenix International Speedway/Road 2 NEW EVENT - Red Ball Road Way/Special Event/Nextel 3 NEW EVENT - Red Ball Road Way/Special Event/Production 4 NEW EVENT - Richmond International Race Way/Day 5 NEW EVENT - Speedway BLVD./Special Event/Nextel 6 NEW EVENT - Talledega Super Speedway/Night Page 10 1 NEW EVENT - Texas Motor Speedway/Road ======== NUDRIVER ======== These plates do just what they say - They unlock new drivers. The first unlocks Dale Earnhardt, but the others all unlock no name drivers. The drivers are marked below by their number, sponsor and series. There really isn't any need to unlock these drivers, unless you're unlocking the complete set at the end. The complete set unlocks different drivers than the other plates do, and there must be a good 20 or 30 racers that it unlocks. These racers are confirmed to be available in the NEXTEL series only -- all other series are unconfirmed. Page 10 2 NUDRIVER - #3 Dale Earnhardt/Nextel 3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Featherlite 4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Featherlite 5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Featherlite 6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Featherlite Page 11 1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Featherlite 2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Featherlite 3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Craftsman 4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Craftsman 5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Craftsman 6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Craftsman Page 12 1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Craftsman 2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Craftsman 3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Nextel 4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Nextel 5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Nextel 6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Nextel Page 13 1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Nextel 2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Nextel 3 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Gold/Nextel 4 NUDRIVER - #100 Dover Monster/Nextel 5 NUDRIVER - Fantasy Drivers Complete Set (at least 30 new NEXTEL drivers) ======== NU PAINT ======== These are the plates that we're all looking for. Unfortunately, the "adult" sponsors are not in the game at all. You'd expect maybe some sort of filter, but no. So the Born-On Date Car... Not here. Kenseth's Smirnoff Ice car... Not here. I don't like those drivers but its depressing I know, but we still have a good deal to choose from, including the GI Joe car and the Got Milk? car. To know what you're buying before you buy it, go into the car select screen and look at the driver you want. You can find the paint scheme in there. It'll be shawdowed, but you can still browse them there before you buy. Page 13 6 NU PAINT – #01 GI Joe/Nemechek Page 14 1 NU PAINT – #5 Platinum Frosted Flakes/Labonte 2 NU PAINT – #5 Got Milk?/Labonte 3 NU PAINT - #5 2003 Frosted Flakes/Labonte 4 NU PAINT - #6 Inverse Pfizer/Martin 5 NU PAINT - #6 Oscar Mayer/Martin 6 NU PAINT - #6 Kraft/Martin Page 15 1 NU PAINT - #10 Globetrotter's/Riggs 2 NU PAINT - #12 2003 Alltel/Newman 3 NU PAINT - #12 2003 50th Win/Newman 4 NU PAINT - #15 2003 Stars and Stripes/Waltrip 5 NU PAINT - #15 2003 Napa/Waltrip 6 NU PAINT - #16 Subway/Biffle Page 16 1 NU PAINT - #16 Grainger/Biffle 2 NU PAINT - #17 DeWalt Million Dollar Challenge/Kenseth 3 NU PAINT - #18 2003 Interstate Batteries/Labonte 4 NU PAINT - #18 Incredible Hulk/Labonte 5 NU PAINT - #20 Shrek 2/Stewart 6 NU PAINT - #20 2003 Home Depot/Stewart Page 17 1 NU PAINT - #21 Air Force/Rudd 2 NU PAINT - #21 RentACenter/Rudd 3 NU PAINT - #21 2003 Motorcraft/Rudd 4 NU PAINT - #24 2003 Pepsi/Gordon 5 NU PAINT - #24 DuPont Retro/Gordon 6 NU PAINT - #29 35th Anniversary/Harvick Page 18 1 NU PAINT - #29 2003 GM Shootout/Harvick 2 NU PAINT - #29 2003 GM/Harvick 3 NU PAINT - #30 35th Anniversary/Sauter 4 NU PAINT - #31 35th Anniversary/Gordon 5 NU PAINT - #31 2003 Cingular/Gordon 6 NU PAINT - #31 FDNY/Gordon Page 19 1 NU PAINT - #31 2003 Cingular Inverse/Gordon 2 NU PAINT - #38 2003 M&Ms/Sadler 3 NU PAINT - #43 Box Tops for Education/Green 4 NU PAINT - #45 Georgia-Pacific/Petty 5 NU PAINT - #48 2003 Lowe's/Johnson 6 NU PAINT - #48 2003 Power of Pride/Johnson Page 20 1 NU PAINT - #88 2003 UPS/Jarrett 2 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Rubbermaid/Busch 3 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Sharpie/Busch 4 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Irwin Paint/Busch 5 NU PAINT - #97 Blue Ice/Busch 6 NU PAINT - #99 Pennzoil/Burton ======= SPONSOR ======= These are for use in the custom car garage. They are the sponsors that you can earn if you buy your own team in the career mode, but here they can be used to deck out your own car for use against your friends. Page 21 1 SPONSOR - ALL PRO 2 SPONSOR - AutoZone 3 SPONSOR - Coca-Cola 4 SPONSOR - Dodge 5 SPONSOR - Dodge (Black) 6 SPONSOR - Dodge (Black Metallic) Page 22 1 SPONSOR - Uncle Handy's Racing Gloves 2 SPONSOR - The Home Depot 3 SPONSOR - Levi Strauss 4 SPONSOR - McDonald's 5 SPONSOR - Mr. Clean AutoDry 6 SPONSOR - NBC Sports Page 23 1 SPONSOR - Old Spice 2 SPONSOR - O'Reilly 3 SPONSOR - Romeo's Alternators 4 SPONSOR - Joe's Snow Blowers ======== PLATINUM ======== This one is a pit crew. The pit crew is Mr. Clean. You can have this one on for Fight to the Top or just the Race now mode in any series. Page 23 5 PLATINUM - Mr. Clean Pit Crew ======== PROD CAR ======== A welcomed, but unrealistic addition to NASACAR this year are the production cars. You first come in contact with them when you load the game as you have to race Ryan Newman in Vipers. From there on, as you win races, you'll be challenged by NEXTEL drivers in other cars, such as Jeff Gordon and the 2005 Chevy Corvette C6. If you defeat them, you unlock the car, so if I was you I would wait on these thunder plates, especially since they cost 75,000 skill points a piece anyway. Page 23 6 PROD CAR - Dodge Magnum Page 24 1 PROD CAR - Dodge SRT-4 2 PROD CAR - Dodge Viper SRT-10 3 PROD CAR - Ford GT 4 PROD CAR - Ford Mustang GT 5 PROD CAR - Chevy Corvette C6 6 PROD CAR - Daytona Prototype Page 25 1 PROD CAR - Ford SVT Lightning Copyright September 1st, 2004 by: C6 Vette Unauthorized copy of this document can result in Jail or other type of punishment that can and will be used! Published on other web sites.