NASCAR 08 is the eleventh installment of the EA Sports NASCAR series. It was developed by EA Tiburon and released for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This is the earliest that EA has released a NASCAR game. It also marks the first time the original Xbox has been excluded from the NASCAR lineup since NASCAR 2001.
Tony Stewart is on the cover marking his third appearance on the cover of an EA Sports NASCAR game. The cover in the PAL region features Juan Pablo Montoya. NASCAR’s new Car of Tomorrow as well as the current car are present in the game, although the Car of Tomorrow is generic (no separate manufacturers). ESPN's NASCAR coverage is also integrated into the game. Crew chief dialogue for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game was recorded by Chad Knaus. The Whelen Modified Tour is not included in PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, but is still present in the PlayStation 2 version.
Critical reception of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game has been average to negative. GameSpot gave the Xbox 360 version a 6.0 rating NASCAR 08 Xbox 360 at GameSpot and a 6.0 for the PlayStation 3 version. NASCAR 08 PlayStation 3 at GameSpot The closing comments of the IGN Xbox 360 review:
Critical reception of the PlayStation 2 version was better when compared to the previous years NASCAR 07, but still faired average to negative. The closing comments of the Strategy Informer review: