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NASCAR Thunder 2003 (PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox)

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Title Screen

NASCAR Thunder 2003

Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
Released in US: September 19, 2002

CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

To do:
Search for leftovers relating to Tim Fedewa and Kerry Earnhardt, apart from voice clips.

NASCAR Thunder 2003 is the second title in EA Sports' NASCAR Thunder trilogy, based on the first full season since the passing of Dale Earnhardt. Some features that would be made famous in EA Sports' NASCAR games would debut in this title.

Unused Audio

To do:
  • Rip Joe Nemechek's voice call and his pre-race intros.
  • Re-rip without the PRN commentary - these are currently copies from the NT2004 page.

Some audio calls corresponding to several unused drivers, including tens of legend drivers, can be found.

Driver Voice Notes
Davey Allison
Donnie Allison
Mario Andretti
Joe Moore mispronounces Andretti's first name.
Buddy Baker
Neil Bonnett
Richard Childress
Tim Flock
A.J. Foyt
Harry Gant
Janet Gutherie
James Hylton
Ernie Irvan
Bobby Isaac
Ned Jarrett
Dave Marcis
David Pearson
Lee Petty
Tim Richmond
Fireball Roberts
Wendell Scott
Darrell Waltrip
Joe Weatherly
Commentator Cars
Allen Bestwick
Was never a driver; likely a fantasy/broadcaster-themed car?
Wally Dallenbach
Possibly would have been a broadcaster-themed car in that game, given it is placed with Bestwick's.
Regular Drivers
Brad Baker
Stacy Compton
Kerry Earnhardt
Kerry Earnhardt's car can be seen in one of the game's tutorial videos.
Christian Elder
Larry Foyt
Bobby Hamilton Jr.
Mike Harmon
Ricky Hendrick
Shane Hmiel
Buckshot Jones
Buckshot Jones has two voice lines. The first is grouped with the Busch series drivers, while the second is grouped with several Cup series drivers.
Jason Keller
Randy LaJoie
Chad Little
Tony Raines
Jimmy Spencer
(Busch Series)
Jimmy Spencer is playable as a Cup Series driver; his Busch Series ride, the #1 Freight Chevrolet, is driven by James Finch instead, leaving this unused.
Mike Wallace

Some drivers are also present as playable drivers, but their voice calls go unused.

Driver Voice Notes
Lyndon Amick
Chad Chaffin
Kevin Grubb
Shane Hall
Kasey Kahne
Mike McLaughlin

Unused Portraits

Dale Earnhardt and Jason Leffler has unused portraits, matching the style that used in NASCAR Thunder 2002, indicating that they are leftovers from that game.


To do:
Does the series contingency sticker on Brian Vickers' car actually says Busch Series on it?

Tobacco Sponsors

SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy. No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette.

The Daytona infield course (which is not actually based on the real-life Daytona road course) has an explicit NASCAR Winston Cup Series billboard in one of the corners. This would be fixed in the sequel, but the sequel still has traces of the Winston Cup logo somewhere...

WARNING: This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.

Additionally, Timber Wolf, Jeff Purvis' smokeless tobacco sponsor, is explicitly mentioned by name in the paint scheme changer menu in the Season mode. (Busch Series drivers do not have a visible paint changer when selecting a driver, except for Dale Earnhardt Jr., being the only second-tier series driver to have multiple paint schemes.)

Kasey Kahne's Profile

Kasey Kahne's profile (birthday and hometown) in this game is actually a copy of Elton Sawyer's from NASCAR Thunder 2002, presumably due to the number belonging to the same team. This can result in Kahne retiring earlier if he appears in the Career mode.

NT2002 Elton Sawyer NT2003 Kasey Kahne
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Jeff Gordon 2001 DuPont Scheme

For reference, this is Jeff Gordon's 2001 car as appearing in NASCAR Thunder 2002.

The rear quarter of Jeff Gordon's 2001 paint scheme is almost completely identical to his 2002 scheme, with GMAC on the bottom of the "driver" (ahead of the rear wheels) slot and Lowe's on the rear end of the "team" (at the sides of the rear bumper), as well as Quaker State on the rear greenhouse. Lowe's was never a Jeff Gordon sponsor in 2001, with Fritos being where GMAC was on the 2002 scheme and Quaker State being on the "team" slot instead of the rear greenhouse, among others.

2002 DuPont Chevrolet 2001 DuPont Chevrolet
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Jimmy Spencer

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Jimmy Spencer's menu car number graphics uses a different number font from what he actually uses in his car, an issue that would be carried over in NASCAR Thunder 2004 (when the #41 was driven by Casey Mears).

Coy Gibbs

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Coy Gibbs' car uses a different font number instead of what he uses in real life, the standard Joe Gibbs Racing #20 font also used in the Cup Series by Tony Stewart. The origin of Coy Gibbs' font used in this game is unknown.