- Estimated achievement difficulty: 6/10
- Offline: 22 [965]
- Online: 2 [35]
- Approximate amount of time to 965/1000 : 40+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: None
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No
- Glitchy achievements: None
- Unobtainable achievements: "Trade Your Paint" & "Online Horsepower" [Servers shutdown]
- Extra equipment needed: None

Welcome to NASCAR 08, the 11th game in it's series and the first to the 360 console. NASCAR 08 features several different modes and activities to play including Licenses, Toyota Challenges, Contracts, Driver Badges and finally The Chase mode where you will unlock and earn the Licenses and Contracts available as well as take part in series races. NASCAR fans will undoubtedly enjoy this game to its core while casual racing fans and gamers might find the game a little difficult at first and outside their comfort zone, but there is some intense fun to be had for everyone.

The Chase Mode
The first thing you will want to do is play a full season in this mode and make sure to complete every License & Contract along the way. You will win the NEXTEL cup during your progression of the season. You will also need to earn at least 3 gold medals during The Chase mode. After you are done with this mode, you will have unlocked 7 achievements for 295.

Season Mode/Series Races
You need to win the "Craftsman Truck Series" race, the "NASCAR National Series" race, a "NASCAR Car of Tomorrow" race, any NEXTEL Cup using the "NEXTEL Cup Series '07 Schedule" in season mode as well as any "Championship" using the "Car of Tomorrow Series Full Schedule". By winning all these events you will unlock 5 achievements for 130.

Driver Badges
There are 2 achievements for 110 related to the badges. You must earn one driver badge for "Bade of Honor" and then every driver badge to unlock "We Don't Need No Badges!". There are 43 driver badges altogether and a full list of them can be found in the Guide.

Unfortunately, as of early 2009 the servers for this game have been shut down which means you can no longer obtain "Trade Your Paint" for uploading a car setup to the EA Locker & "Online Horsepower" to win an online race.

After you have reached 100% in the game stats, you're likely to be close to 5000 miles driven if not there yet. This is one of the longest achievements in the game therefore if you still need some miles, practice laps do count so set up a 100% Length race there. You also need to complete a 100% Length race in either Race Now or Season mode, the settings don't matter as long as it's set to 100% Length.

You will need to create a custom paint scheme for one car in every class for "Custom Car Creator". You need to complete a Lap in the Toyota "Test and Tune" mode for "We're Talkin' About Practice". Save a Race Replay for "Play It Again, Sam". You need to also save a Craftsman Tools Car Setup at any track by simply saving the default settings to unlock "Craftsman Tools Award". Once all of these are unlocked you will have unlocked a total of 6 achievements for 280.

The final achievement you will unlock is "All or Nothing" for 100 which is to reach 100% game progress. This means you have to complete all Licenses, Contracts, all 43 Driver Badges, every Toyota Challenge & series race in The Chase mode.

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NASCAR 08 Achievement Guide

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There are 24 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Win a Craftsman Truck Series race.

    Simply win a CTS race. This can be done on any difficulty, race length, damage, and flag settings. However you must have a full field of 43 trucks and it must be done offline.

  • Win a NASCAR National Series race.

    Same as "Keep On Truckin'", but with the Nascar National Series.

  • Complete a Driver Badge.

    Each driver badge requires certain tasks to be completed to obtain it. The first one is Denny Hamlin's. To complete this badge you must:

    • Win the Pennsylvania 500 event (must be full field)
    • Get 2 Top 10s
  • Complete a Custom Car for all racing series.

    Simply create a custom paint scheme for at least 1 car in each class. Quickest way to do it is go to Nextel cup, pick a car and change it's number. Go back to car selection, pick COT and change number, and repeat for CTS and NNS.

  • Win a Medal in "The Chase" Mode.

    Play Chase mode and simply complete one license challenge. All you need is Bronze to get the achievement.

  • Record a Lap in Toyota "Test and Tune" Mode.

    Go into Toyota test mode and complete 1 full lap. As soon as you cross the line, you will get the achievement.

  • Upload a Car Setup to EA Locker.

    Simply save your car setup at anytime and then visit the EA Locker in online mode. Upload your setup to the "locker" and you will receive the achievement.

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    Earn Three Gold Medals in "The Chase" Mode.

    Earn 3 Gold medals in your License tests. There is a glitch that makes this one very easy to do. Go into a follow the leader challenge and choose gold. As soon as you get the green flag go left a little and then turn hard right into the outside wall. You will get a terminally damaged car and if done before your time runs out you will also receive a passed message. Do two more like this and you should quickly get all 3.

  • Win a NASCAR Car of Tomorrow race.

    Same as "Keep On Truckin'", but in a Nextel Cup Car of Tomorrow race.

  • Save a Race Replay.

    Can be done during or after the race. Simply go into replay mode and save a clip or the full replay.

  • Win a Championship in Season Mode using the Car of Tomorrow Series Full Schedule.

    Go into season mode and pick the COT and set opponents as low as they can go. Now pick a good driver (I went with J. Gordon) and simulate the whole season up to the last race. You will hopefully have the points lead, or be very close. just race the last race to ensure you win the points and the trophy and achievement is yours.

  • Earn a License in "The Chase" Mode.

    Complete and entire set of licenses with a bronze or better and you will achieve your license.

  • Earn a Contract in "The Chase" Mode.

    Once a license is completed you will be given the opportunity to accept a contract. Just complete the contract by meeting each race's requirements to obtain this achievement.

  • Win an Online Race.

    Win an online race. Easiest way to do this is start a Private match with only 2 AI and then start the race. Simply beat the AI and your done.

  • Complete all Licenses in "The Chase" Mode.

    Finish all 6 sets of licenses with a bronze or better

  • Save a Craftsman Tools Car Setup at any Track.

    You don't even have to make adjustments to your car. When at your car setup screen simply save the default setup and the achievement will unlock.

  • Complete all Toyota Challenges.

    Much like the license challenges. Just go into Toyota Challenge and get at least a bronze on each one.

  • Win a NEXTEL Cup in Season Mode using the NEXTEL Cup Series '07 Schedule.

    Same as "Today or Tomorrow", but with the Nextel Cup cars using the '07 schedule.

  • Complete a 100% Length Race in Race Now or Season Mode.

    Can be done with any series and any settings, but the race length must stay at 100%. You don't need to run every lap so don't worry if you go a lap down. As long as you get to the checked flag you'll be fine.

  • Drive 5,000 Total Miles.

    Simply drive a total of 5000 miles in online or offline play. Races and practices will count toward your mileage, however, Toyota testing, challenges, and licenses do not. You can check your total by going to your game progress on the main menu.

  • Complete all Contracts in "The Chase" Mode.

    First, you must open all the contracts by completing your licenses. After that, you must race and meet all the contract requirements for all 6 teams.

  • Earn all Driver Badges.

    Badges are unlocked 1 at a time and must be completed before you can work towards the next. They also must have a full field of 43 cars. The requirements for you badges are:

    1. Denny Hamlin
      - Win Event
      - - Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono)
      - Top 10 Finish -- 2
    2. Juan Montoya
      - Slingshot Pass -- 10
      - Win Event
      - - Allstate 400 (Indy)
      - Top 5 Finish -- 3
    3. Tony Stewart
      - Win Event
      - - Nextel Cup at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
      - Win Race -- 7
      - Top 5 Finish -- 10
      - Spin Recovery -- 10
    4. Ryan Newman
      - Win Events
      - - Autism Speaks 400 (Dover)
      - - Lenox Tools 300 (New Hampshire)
      - Lead a Lap -- 30
      - Stay in Draft -- 8
    5. Jeff Gordon
      - Win Events
      -- Subway 500 (Martinsville)
      -- Toyota/save mart 350 (Infineon)
      - Gain 15 spots--10 times
      - Spin recovery--20
      - Stay in draft--15
    6. Kasey Kahne
      - Win Events
      - - Kobalt tools 500 (Atlanta)
      - - UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 (Las Vagas)
      - Gain 15 spots--10
      - Total wins--10
      - Pass A.I cleanly--30
    7. Matt Kenseth
      - Win Events
      - - Food City 500 (Bristol)
      - Total wins--12
      - Gain 10 spots--30
      - Spin recovery--30
      - Pass A.I cleanly--50
      - Stay in draft--10
    8. Kevin Harvick
      - Win Events
      - - Bank of America 500 (Lowe's)
      - Finish top 5--17 times
      - Gain 15 spots--30
      - Pass A.I cleanly--60
      - Stay in draft--10
    9. Kurt Busch
      - Win events
      - - Dickies 500 (Texas)
      - - Ford 400 (Homestead-Miami)
      - - Nascar Nextel cup series 500 (California)
      - - 3M Performance 400 (Michigan)
      - Lead a lap--60
      - Gain 15 spots--30
      - Spin recovery--40
    10. Elliot Sadler
      - Pass A.I cleanly--79
      - Gain 5 spots--40
      - Gain 15 spots--25
      - Slingshot pass--50
    11. Jimmie Johnson
      - Win events
      - - Aarons 499 (Talladega)
      - - Pepsi 400 (Daytona)
      - Total wins--20
      - Gain 15 spots--20
      - Stay in draft--15
    12. Dale Earnhardt JR.
      - Win events
      - - Checker Auto parts 500 (Phoenix)
      - - Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (Richmond)
      - Total wins--20
      - Gain 15 spots--15
      - Take the lead--75
      - Pass A.I cleanly--99
      - Lead a lap--99

    CLEAN PASS NOTE: In order for the pass to be considered "clean" Collisions must be ON. I suggest going to talladega and running the high line (right next to the outside wall) as none of the computers will and you are still able to get a good draft.

    GAIN "X" AMOUNT OF SPOTS ANNOYANCE: Since you can only get this once per race (even if you start 43rd and gain 42 spots) the best way to do it is to start a play now race in 43rd and race until you make your way up to ATLEAST 28th, then quit and repeat. You will still get credit for advancing your position even if you quit.

  • Win a NEXTEL Cup in "The Chase" Mode.

    Finish the season in first place during the chase mode. Any settings may be used for this.

  • Reach 100% Game Progress.

    You must complete all modes of play including, Licenses, Toyota Challenges, Contracts, Driver Badges, and a full season in Chase mode.

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