NASCAR Thunder 2004 is a racing simulator by EA Sports, released in 2003 and available in separate versions for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC. It features the 2002 champion Tony Stewart on the cover with a scowling look to represent the new Grudges and Alliances feature. It was the only game as of 2002 to feature the previous Winston Cup (Sprint) Cup Champion on the cover. The game had the most extensive soundtrack of the series up from four songs from the previous game. It set the standard for future NASCAR Thunder titles.
Soundtrack featuring songs by Memento , Motograter, Modern Day Zero, Depswa, Avenged Sevenfold, Fingertight, Fuel, Three Days Grace, Iggy Pop, Autopilot Off , Rancid , and more.
Begin an immediate race with choice of track, driver and race. The difficulty "custom" runs the race the way you set up the settings in Gameplay settings. Gameplay includes: Keep your foot on the pedal too long or you will blow your engine. Ram into something and have your car on fire. Your starting position is determined by your rank in Thunder License.
Work your way through the ranks of NASCAR as you compete for 20 consecutive seasons. Vie for the best crew, try to sign the top sponsors, and incorporate the latest racing technology. If you want to be offered a good sponsor and money for your team, buy new engines, chassis, body and your R&D (research and development)... you need to race smarter and finish in a good position to do so. If your starting and finishing position meets your sponsor's expectation, your prestige will raise, and maybe you will be offered better money and sponsor.
You don't have to win every race to finish the season on top. Compete consistently in a series of races in quest of a NASCAR championship and you might end up with enough points to clutch the cup.
Get some experience behind the wheel as you learn every track in the country from "The King," Richard Petty, and other top NASCAR drivers. This is pretty much like the practice mode in "Race Now." Except that you don't have an option to mess with your setups.
Lightning Challenges are mini-games in which the player must re-enact some of the greatest and most exhilarating moments of NASCAR races from 2002 and 1st part of 2003. If the player complete the challenges, he or she will earn Thunder Plates which unlock paint schemes, tracks, and drivers. Michael Waltrip, driver of the #15 NAPA Chevrolet, will be the commentator for all of the challenges but one, which is commentated by Steve Park, Michael even commentates himself in one challenge. To find out what plates you can get from all of the challenges, look under "Thunder Plates". The challenges are played on all difficulty levels.
Modifications and hacks (PC only)