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It's been a while hasn't it? Not to say I haven't been working on stuff, just haven't decided to show much of it off. But today I started back in on Cup2000, working on random cars that have little to no bearing on any sort of end goal, just what I feel.

The end idea is to have a eligible car for each number from 00-99, but if/how quickly that will happen, I'm not sure.

Furniture Row Racing - Regan Smith, Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch
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Basically the same car with different Numbers, in a race telling them apart will be a pain, but alternate paint schemes should alleviate some of that problem. I chose this particular scheme because of it's simplicity, requiring very little effort as I try to break out of a bit of a painting rut I've been stuck in the past week. I did put effort into grille tape, which will be a staple on all of the cars for this project.

Credits:
Template: Splash & Go
Contigs: Champ48_11
Numbers: BER(76 modified by me)
Logos: TheFlynnZone
 
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Here is the second set off cars, this time more indepth.

#1 Jimmy Spencer - Yellow Freight Pontiac
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This car was basically commandeered from a paint done a while ago. Compared to how I left it, I added the silver to the base, associate logos, tape, and reworked the logos on the rear based on better images.

#51 Joe Ruttman - Yellow Freight Pontiac
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Basically the #1 but with the number Ruttman drove at Talladega in 2002 (in the infamous race where almost the whole field wrecked)

#51 Kurt Busch - Phoenix Racing Pontiac
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An alternate driver for the #51, here is Kurt Busch again, based on one of his many 2012 cars. Pretty Simple scheme, Wanted to use the phoenix bird on the hood, but couldn't source the logo.

#52 Bobby Labonte - Phoenix Racing Pontiac
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Based on Labonte's 2014 Daytona entry. Technically IRL it was a HScott car, but with James Finch still having some involvement, I decided to make it a 3rd Phoenix car.

Credits:
Template: Splash & Go
Contigs: Champ48_11
Numbers: BER(51's modified by me), Masgrafx
Logos: Google, BER
 
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Recently I have cobbled together 2 personal Cup90 templates to add to Dr.Noise's 2048x2048 set.

1990 Chrysler LeBaron
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This was made from parts from Jopajoe's LeBaron, plus another I found on RacinGrafx. Add in a modified rear quarter window made from the Pontiac Template and we are good to go.

1990 Dodge Daytona
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This is a bit more of a task, the front was taken from a Daytona R/T found on NNRacing, with windows taken both from the Grand-Prix and the Lumina to create the Daytona's distinct window line. Probably will add more period correct dodge logos at some point.
 
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Working with another one of my various Cup2000 templates, I have decided to show you the evolution of a paint scheme, from about 1 1/2 years ago to now.


(OLD)
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Here is the old version, with very simple logos and little to no design. I still think it looks good, but a bit plane(get it?)

(NEW)
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This time I decided to use a Cup2000 template I concocted, and updated the paint scheme to a more "modern" flavor. The airplanes on the side have switched from F-14's to F-15's, with streaks filling the rear quarter panel. The same motif is done on the hood, with the plane going from sideways beside the logo on the old version, to pointed forwards and below the main logo on the new, with the streak motif running across the top of the car. A couple missile silhouettes add extra detail to the front of the car, while the logos have been made red to add extra color (as well as give a reason for the red outline on the door number. Finally, a new team logo was created which you can see on the headlights.

Credits:
Teplate: S&G/Om3gA with Zone15 parts.
Logos: Google, Lucas OilW ebsite, Alan Harkleroad(Safety Kleen), Me
Numbers: Me
 
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So I decided on a whim to turn the car above into part of a project, based around me creating fictional sponsors.

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This car is a simple one I came up with, representing an underfunded team, whose driver is the younger nephew of the #53.

Credits:
Teplate: S&G/Om3gA with Brian Simpson parts.
Logos: Google, Lucas Oil Website, Alan Harkleroad(Safety Kleen), Me
Numbers: Me
 
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Recently I have been doing more 3d modeling, and have come up with something I'm pretty happy with


2000 Reynard 2Ki Champ Car - Speedway Aero Kit
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Believe it or not this is the first open wheeler/formula car I have ever modeled. I have done road cars, stock cars, GT cars, but this is something a bit outside my wheel house. Since this picture was taken, I have applies smoothing to the car to somewhat mask the low-polyness, and in the future will map out the car, though considering the complexity, that will be a task in and of itself.

This model features some extra detail compared to my usual fair, as not only are the wings separate pieces (something I have done on GT cars I've made in the past) but the unique characteristics of open wheel cars sees the modeling of suspension arms, steering wheel, and of course a driver to fill the cockpit (how's about we call him Dave?)

These separate parts allow me to potentially add more detailed damage, whether I put it in NR2003, Automobilista, or a game of my own design (something I have been looking at doing)
 
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Returning to Cup90, I finally decided to take another stab at a Mercury Cougar template, this time using the mods unique rear quarter window trait to fully maximize one off the most iconic traits of the car (and the reason nobody actually used one in real life)

Again, the base template used is Dr.Noise's updated 2048 Cup90 templates that I have modified.

1994 Mercury Cougar
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I'd say this is the best iteration of the Cougar I have done, and is based on a car built by Cale Yarborough Motorsports that was to be tested at Daytona, with the intent of being run at the summer Dega race, but testing was rained out, and they never pushed through.

The main reason teams didn't use the Cougar in real life was the squared off rear window which was terrible for downforce due to the air flowing over the spoiler rather than gently flowing down like the T-Bird, but Yarborough figured that exact trait would provide for less drag, and higher top speeds.

Here is the image of the real car for comparison. The rear C-Pillars and quarter windows are a bit narrower on my template, but that is a compromise I had to make to fit the model.
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Well, I'm back with another paint, this time for the Cup2000 mod as I return to the 2005 season.

2005 - #24 Jeff Gordon - DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet - Hendrick Motorsports
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2005 was a down year for Jeff Gordon's standards, as despite 4 wins and 2 poles including the season opening Daytona 500, the DuPont team missed the second ever Chase for the Cup, an inconsistent season with 9 DNF's being the root cause. The team ended the year with 8 top 5's and only 14 top 10's, leaving them licking their wounds and regrouping for 2006.

Credits:
Template: S&G/Om3gA, modified with S&G Cup05 and Brian Simpson OG Cup template pieces and shading.
Numbers: BER
Contigs: S&G
Logos: Heywood Racing, Google, MParker84.
 
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2005 - #48 Jimmie Johnson - Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse Chevrolet - Hendrick Motorsports
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Jimmie Johnson's 2005 season was another strong season, but just short of a championship, with 2 poles and 4 wins, along with 13 top 5's and 22 top 10's. The #48 team led the points for much of the first half of the season, but would slip a little into the fall. The chase reset put them right back in the title fight, but a crash at Homestead put an end to his championship ambitions.

Credits:
Template: S&G/Om3gA, modified with S&G Cup05 and Brian Simpson OG Cup template pieces and shading.
Numbers: BER
Contigs: S&G
Logos: Heywood Racing, Stunod Racing, Google, Me, MParker84
 
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Here is a Cup90 template not based on any real race car, but one that fills an important gap anyways.

1992 Plymouth Acclaim
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It was either this, the Sundance, or the Lazer to be made, and the Lazer being a small sports car I felt was out of place, while the Sundance was too small. THe Acclaim is still about 5-10 inches short in wheelbase but it is the closeset Chrysler Corperations volume brand had, so I went with it.


The rear window peices I basically copied and pasted from the Cougar with minor adjustments, the grill is the Cup90 Buick one flipped upside down and stretched, with the upper trim taken off a google photo. The hood shading was adjusted a bit, but otherwise worked perfectly for the purposes needed, and the rest of the decals were trivial.
 
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Next up on the docket is a Hot Rod Lincoln

1990 Lincoln MK7
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This car took some serious work, so lets start going over the modifications. Starting with the nose, the Grill took several passes to get right, going across 3 seams. The Grill itself is, like the Plymouth above, a modification of the Buick Grill, changed to look like the Lincolns. I extended the hood shading all the way down the nose, to give the impression of the "kick out" the Lincoln had IRL, while a dark shading patch furthers the effect.

Going back to the windows, it was a heavy modification of the Luminas, to the point where it doesn't even look like the same piece, and also took a few attempts to look right. Finally the rear, which sees the iconic rear wheel hump added, while the spoiler is properly tapered along said hump.
 
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Back to making paint schemes, I decided to make a paint scheme based on one of my Fantasy Sponsors, and one I'll likely be releasing shortly.

#79 Jared Mosley III - Plunderbird High Performance Motor Oil - Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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Credits:
Template: Splash & Go/Team Om3gA
Numbers: Me
Logos: Me, Seattle Seahawks/St Louis Blues(side bird/wing decal), Google(hood logo bird)
Contigs: Champ_48_11
 
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Back to NR2003 with A.J. Foyt Racing and some more Gibbs cars

2002 Stacy Compton Conseco Pontiac - Primary
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Stacy Compton started off the season for A.J. Foyt, running the first 19 races, including a DNQ at Sonoma. The poor performance saw him ousted mid season

2002 Mike Wallace Conseco Pontiac - Primary
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Mike Wallace would take over after running a handfull of early season races with Andy Petree, but ultimately did no better than Compton did.

2002 P.J. Jones Conseco Pontiac - Indianapolis
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Indianapolis saw the showing of the rare 3rd Foyt team, as P.J. Jones attempted to make the field for the Brickyard 400...... which he did not. P.J. would return for Watkins Glen in the #14 car securing the organizations only top 10 and top 5 finish of the season though.

2002 Coy Gibbs MBNA Pontiac - Primary
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A different driver for the #20 team, and a color swap of the #18 and primarily based on his Truck

2002 Coy Gibbs ConAgra Foods Pontiac - Alternate
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This is based on Coy Gibbs Busch car from 2002, also seen in NASCAR Thunder 2002. I don't have the decklid logos as A. they are hard to identify and B. there are about 20 of them. NOPE not going there.

2002 Coy Gibbs MBNA Pontiac - Number Swap
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A number swapped version of the #20. This is far from the last Coy Gibbs car you'll see me make.

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Template: Splash & Go
Logos: Google, Stunod, Me.
Number: Big Evil Racing, Me
Contigs: Champ_4811
Will those #14 cars ever be released, especially the Mike Wallace version?
 
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Today's main course is Mopar Power. A slew of Ganassi cars and one other.


Starting off with the replicas

2002 Sterling Marlin Coors Light Dodge - Primary
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Sterling Marlin led most of the 2002 points chase before an injury sidelined him late in the season.

2002 Jimmy Spencer Target Dodge - Primary
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Mr. Excitement on the other hand had a very swingy season, with a best finish of 2nd and 6 top 10s, but 2 DNQ's and a dismal 27th place points finish.

And now the extras

2002 Kenny Brack Target Dodge - Primary
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In 2002 there were rumors of Kenny Brack running the Daytona 500, and Ganassi and Brack even tested during the preseason runnup, but sponsorship never materialized. So why not kive Brack a shot in an inverse Jimmy Spencer scheme?

2002 Jamie McMurray Coors Light Dodge - Primary
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In 2002, Jamie McMurray upset the NASCAR world by winning at Charlotte in only his 2nd start. So why not put him in the 3rd entry so I can let him run in more events?

2002 Rick Bogart Unsponsored Dodge - Primary
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In 2002 Bogart attempted 2 Winston West races as well as the Phoenix cup race. This is based on one of those Winston West races, mainly his Vegas car, with a lot of creative liberties with sponsorship logos.

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Template: Splash & Go
Logos: Google, Me.
Number: Big Evil Racing, Me
Contigs: Champ_4811
Could you possibly make McMurray's 40?
 

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Will that Cup2000 car set ever be released?
While I love the enthusiasm for this awesome work, good forum convention is to ask these types of questions once, rather than multiple posts essentially asking for the same things. Also, keep in mind that the work these content creators put into this is in their free time and done for free, and they do it and share it because they love to do it, not because everyone else wants it.
 
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Herzog-Jackson Motorsports initially planned to move up to cup around 2002-2003 with Jimmie Johnson as their driver, until Johnson went to Hendrick and the rest is history.

But what if Herzog's plans came to fruition? Introducing the #92 Excedrin Chevrolet of 2002 ROTY contender Jimmie Johnson!
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Credits:
Template - Team Om3gA/Splash & Go
Contigs - Champ4811
Number - Big Evil Racing
Signature - Wikipedia with edits by me.
Excedrin - 1000 Logos
WeCare - Slipster17
Bowman, Mac Tools - Champ4811
Tablets - Me, edited from google image.
 
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Hello folks, I'm back with another project I have been hammering away on, which is to make a complete set of 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup primary schemes. The end goal is to have one for every team who attempted a race in 2003, plus a few bonus cars that I feel fit the bill. Not sure if this will be something I release, as I'd have to go back and remember all of the credits needed, but it is a project I am excited to work on.

Now for this project I set some parameters for me to work within, the first being to try and make these paint schemes "evergreen." This means keeping race specific details like tape and grills to a minimum. Also means I will not be adding rookie stripes to the rear, as I will likely roll this project into a much larger project encompassing multiple years. Also 100% accuracy is not a given, this project goes by the rule of close enough good enough.

Now with that out of the way, lets get on with the show!

#02 Hermie Sadler Go Team VA.com Chevrolet
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Starting off with a bunch of small teams, this car heavily used the Splash & Go Graphics version as a reference. Originally I made it as a Pontiac ala NASCAR Thunder 2004, but I ended up switching it to Chevy for the time being.. Hermie Sadler attempted 18 races, but only made 10, plus 2 withdrawals at the first Dover race and Phoenix

#71 Tim Sauter Aran Trading Chevrolet
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Another car heavily using reference from S&G's version, plus 2003 Brickyard 400 qualifying, Dave Marcis's team attempted 4 races, and DNQ'd them all, 3 of which with Tim Sauter and one of which with Jim Sauter.

#75 David Starr Unsponsored Chevrolet
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This is based off of Starr's lone attempt in 2003 at Texas, in a car owned by his father that was bought off Richard Childress. This is missing several logos that were on the real car, but I couldn't find them and I also couldn't be bothered to recreate such small logos for a car that was a one off DNQ. Again, strict acccuracy is not a given.

#78 Mike Harmon Carb-R-All Chevrolet
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Basically everything but the contigs and the template itself was scratch made for this car, and again, the logos are not the best (especially the deck lid logo, which uses the wrong font) but it is a car rarely seen, with a version of it existing for the OG Cup mod already, but missing the hood logo. This entry was fielded by Brian Conz's team, who fielded Harmon due to Brian not having sufficient experience on big tracks.

#79 Billy Bigley Jr. Arnold Development Dodge
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Another car again using the S&G car as reference material (because if I have such a good quality reference source, why waste it?), Billy Bigley Jr, a regular driver in the southwest tour and Pro Cup series, attempted 5 races with Don Arnold's then new team, failing to make a single one. Derrike Cope also attempted to qualify the car at Homestead to no avail.

#84 Norm Benning Unsponsored Chevrolet
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This can be considered one of the "bonus" cars, as there are no photos of this car. But the team did show up to speedweeks, but never turned a lap either in practice or qualifying, and as such was unable to start in the duels and was forced to withdraw. According to the "bubble" graphics on the qualifying broadcast after all cars had made their run, Norm Benning's car was red with yellow numbers, so that is what I went with, though I also made the roof yellow to make it more interesting.

#90 Jason Hedlesky Superior Logistics Services - AccuTurn Ford
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Now this car is based on the one that came with NR2003 from default, rather than the car as actually ran in 2003, as represented in the S&G 2003 carset. Donlavey's team only ran 2 races, Daytona with Kirk Shelmerdine, which they DNQ'd and the All Star Open with Hedlesky, which they finished last car running one lap down. Now the interesting part about this car is how Papyrus got both driver and sponsor right for a car that only ran one non-points race in May, when the game came out before the season had even begun. Did they have an insider at Donlavey's shop that confirmed Hedlesky would run an Accu-Turn car sometime in the season?

#74 Tony Raines Staff America Chevrolet
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Now for the first full time car in this showcase, Tony Raines went through most of the season without solid funding, running this blank white car. He started 35 of 36 races, only DNQ-ing the second Daytona race, and getting a best finish of 6th late in the year, when the team started leasing Hendrick engines.

#7 Jimmy Spencer Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge
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2003 was a pretty average season for Jimmy Spencer, with some good results, some less than stellar ones, and most notably, his feud with Kurt Busch continued on from 2002, a grudge Spencer would seemingly hold into his broadcast career, because as we all know "Jimmy Spencer never forgets."

#07 Ted Musgrave Sirius Satellite Radio - HHGregg Dodge
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Another car based off of the S&G version due to a lack of decent references, the second Ultra Motorsports car only attempted Indianapolis, of which it DNQ'd. Musgrave would run Bristol for Jimmy Spencer due to the latter's one race "timeout."

#55 Jeff Fultz Jasper Engines - C&C Boiler Ford
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Jeff Fultz, who worked for Jasper Motorsports as an employee while racing on the side, got a chance to run the fall Charlotte race, in which he would fail to make the show. This car is the pinnacle of accuracy not a given, as this car only shares the colors, sponsors, and numbers with the actual paint scheme, but there was no way I could do the intricate panther hood, so this was the next best option.

#67 Boris Said Jasper Engines Ford
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Another bonus car, this car actually is a 2002 paint scheme that was included in NR2003 to fill out the field. Boris said IRL ran for MB2 Motorsports in place of Jerry Nadeau, earning the pole at Sonoma in the process.

#77 Dave Blaney Jasper Engines Ford
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Dave Blaney's 2003 season was a sharp drop from his strong 2002, which saw the team end up 19th in points. At the end of the season the team would be bought into by Penske Racing, from whom they acquired engines from over the last 2 seasons.

#4 Mike Skinner Kodak Perfect Touch Pontiac
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Mike Skinner returned to Morgan-McClure Motorsports off a season with one lone top 10. 2003 would be even worse, with a DNQ at Michigan leading to Skinners release, replaced with a carousel of drivers to finish out the year, after which Kodak would cut back their sponsorship to a small associate decal, and move to the #77.

#04 David Reutimann Kodak Perfect Touch Pontiac
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David Reutimann attempted both New Hampshire and Indianapolis in a second Morgan-McClure car DNQ-ing for both races. The Perfect Touch car done here is an interpretation of his New Hampshire car. The number on this is inaccurate to the number used during the season, and is one inaccuracy I may change at a later date.

#0 Jack Sprague NetZero Pontiac
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One of the ROTY contenders for 2003, long time Truck Series veteran Jack Sprague moved up to cup with the new Haas-CNC Racing team, bringing his sponsor NetZero along. Despite making all of the races in the early part of the season, Sprague would be let go after Chicagoland, with the team going through several drivers to end out the year.

#01 Jerry Nadeau U.S. ARMY Pontiac
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Jerry Nadeau was brought in to drive the renumbered #01 car, and started the season off fairly strong until his season, and career came to a halt after a scary crash at Richmond, after which the team cycled through various drivers to fill the balance of the schedule.

#10 Johnny Benson Valvoline Pontiac
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Johnny Benson returned to MB2 Motorsports for the 2003 season coming off of his first career victory. Unfortunately Benson couldn't exactly carry the momentum into 2003, and would be off to join the Truck series at seasons end.

#32 Ricky Craven Tide Pontiac
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2003 was a year of highs and lows for Cal Wells and Ricky Craven, with them bringing home Pontiac's final victory in a barnburner finish at Darlington, but a rash of crashes and engine failures DNF's would put a dent on their season end points standings, despite several strong runs throughout the year.
 
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This next batch contains a slew of entries from bigger organizations.

#9 Bill Elliott Dodge Dealers Dodge
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Bill Elliott's 2003 season started off slightly slowly with a few rough races upfront, but Awesome Bill's season ramped up as the season went on, ending up top 10 in points with a win at the second to last race at Rockingham.

#19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dealers Dodge
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Jeremy Mayfield improved mightily from 2002, securing a pole and 12 top 10 finishes, and moving back into the top 20 in points, proving he still had the potential that made him a hot commodity earlier in his career.

#91 Casey Atwood Dodge Dealers Dodge
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Casey Atwood returned to a partial schedule, running only 2 races in Evernham's R&D car at Pocono and Indianapolis, not really doing much in either one. Atwood's cup career came to an end after these 2 races, with him focusing primarily on Busch competition as he tried to restart his sputtering career.

#18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Chevrolet
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2003 was a solid rebound year after a down 2002, with 2 poles, 2 wins, and 8th place in the points. Unfortunately it would turn out to be the last great season of Labonte's career.


#20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Chevrolet
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The reigning champions season was not quite the level as the year prior, but it could hardly be called a bad season by any stretch of the imagination.

#80 Mike Bliss Advair Diskus Chevrolet
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The 3rd part time car for Coach Gibbs was piloted by Mike Bliss in 2 races, the first being the summer Daytona race, and the second being Talladega, which was unfortunately a DNQ. I had to customise the various Diskus across the car, which wasn't bad at all.

#29 Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
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The Goodwrench team had a rebound to competitiveness, with a win, a pole, 11 top 5's and 18 top 10's, both of the later stats doubling over a lackluster 2002 season.

#30 Jeff Green America Online Chevrolet
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Jeff Green's RCR tenure as a whole could be labeled as unfortunate. Slotted in the ride originally created for Kevin Harvick, the 2000 Busch Series champion always seemed 3rd string amongst the RCR camp, and when he made that fact known after being crashed by teammate Harvick at Richmond, he was promptly sacked.

#31 Robby Gordon Cingular Wireless Chevrolet
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Rough and Rowdy Robby Gordon had a breakout year in 2003, sweeping the Road Courses and bringing home 10 total top 5 finishes, the best of his career. Though sadly for Robby, it would be all downhill from here, a talented driver chronically held back by a brash attitude and hot temper.

#90 Ron Hornday Jr. Childress Vineyards Chevrolet
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This particular scheme was a one off at Homestead Miami, run by Ron Hornaday Jr for reasons I'm not quite certain of. Usually teams fielding extra entries in the final race to help their main driver win the title is not unusual, but Matt Kenseth had long since wrapped up the points chase, and it wasn't like RCR was fulfilling any sponsor obligations. This car IRL raced with extra logos, that are seen on the S&G graphics mod version, but I decided to leave some of the additional logos off for aesthetic reasons.

#3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
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Bonus car #3 is of course the man in black himself, wearing the 2003 Goodwrench colors, of which I think look good on old Ironhead. I'm usually staying away from these extra cars, but the Intimidator is a special case.

#54 Todd Bodine National Guard Ford
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Travis Carter merged his team with Sam Belnavis' BH Motorsports in the offseason, taking along with them Belnavis' sponsorship from National Guard. Todd Bodine pulled his usual heroics in underfunded equipment securing 13 top 20 finishes for a team that had been going from week to week the year prior, and wouldn't last to see the next season.

#66 Hideo Fukuyama Kikkoman Ford
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The lone Japanese driver in the field, the ever friendly underdog continued his relationship with Travis Carter that started back in the late 90's at Suzuka, entering the west coast races at Vegas, California, and Sonoma in the first half of the season, though he would also withdraw from Richmond.

#35 Joe Varde Air Logic Solutions Chevrolet
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I think I might be the first person to have ever made this car in a somewhat accurate guise! Road Racer Joe Varde attempted Watkins Glen in a self owned car, but failed to be fast enough to secure a spot in the field.
 
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The next few posts will have less cars each, as I've burned through most of the backlog, and now am posting teams as I finish them. With that being said, here we go.

#1 Steve Park Pennzoil Chevrolet
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Steve Park started 2003 with DEI after his return to racing in 2002, but both team and driver made the decision to move on after the first Richmond event, with Steve Park and Jeff Green essentially swapping rides in the process.

#8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevrolet
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2003 was more improvement for Dale Earnhardt Jr, who had his best season to date, and at this point had firmly established himself as one of the sports top drivers.

#15 Micheal Waltrip Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet
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2003 saw Michael Waltrip pick up the last 2 wins of his career, backing up a respectable 2002 season with his second Daytona 500 and a win at the fall Talladega race. Still despite his best statistical year and spending mosst of the season in the top 10, a slew of crashes and engine failures late in the year made the end points result not match the pace the #15 crew had.

#80 Ron Fellows Oakland Raiders Chevrolet
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This counts as bonus car #4, as Ron Fellows initially was announced to drive a 4th DEI car at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, but with Steve Park's departure, those plans fell through and Fellows ran the #1 instead. The only reference for this car was from Team SBR, though a render supposedly existed at one point. I modified the end product to better match what a potential "as raced version" would have looked like, with associated matching the rest of the fleet.

#81 Jason Keller Kraft 100 Years Chevrolet
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DEI did ultimately run the second car, though numbered #81 instead of #80, and the entry was fielded under the Chance 2 Motorsports banner. Jason Keller actually DNQ'd his race in the car at Chicagoland, though he would get a second chance to run for DEI at Talladega as part of the rotating room of drivers piloting the vacated #1 car.

#43 John Andretti Cheerios Dodge
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John Andretti and Petty Enterprises would enter their 3rd year as a Dodge team, of which the prior wouldn't see the end of the season after a slow start and struggling to crack the top 30 in points. Andretti would later join the #1 roster while development driver Christian Fittpaldi took his place.

#44 Christian Fittpaldi Bugles Dodge
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Brazillian ex F1 and Champ Car driver Christian Fittpaldi would be planned to run a limited schedule starting at the July Daytona race, but he would get his shot earlier than expected after Andretti's firing from the #43 team, which Fittipaldi ran for until Jeff Green took the spot by the seasons end.

#45 Kyle Petty Georgia Pacific Dodge
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Kyle Petty's 2003 season was a rough one, with him DNQ-ing for 2 races and being injured at Texas, where Fittipaldi took over for the weekend (meaning Fittipaldi ran all 3 Petty cars at some point.)
 
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Next up is a new selection of cars, that basically exhaust most of the remaining stores of cars I have "preprepared

#2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Dodge
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2003 was a struggle for Rusty Wallace, who had firmly entered the twilight of his career, dropping from 7th in points in 2002 to 14th in 2003, along with a second straight winless season.

#12 Ryan Newman Alltel Dodge
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Ryan Newman on the other hand truly broke out in 2003, with 8 wins and a whopping 11 poles. The only thing keeping Newman from the title was his bad weeks, which were REALLY bad, and led him to finish outside the top 5 in points despite the impressive stat line.

#22 Ward Burton Caterpillar Dodge
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Despite the higher points finish, Ward Burton's 2003 season was one to forget, the Bill Davis team lacking speed most weeks. It didn't help that Bill Davis was caught leaking proprietary information to Toyota to help them start their Truck program, along with inter-team drama between Ward Burton and Bill Davis that saw to the former's canning before seasons end.

#23 Kenny Wallace Stacker 2 Dodge
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Kenny Wallace's 2003 was pretty anonymous, with one top 10 and nothing else much of note. Stacker 2 would reduce to Busch series only in 2004, with Kenny Wallace following.

#27 Scott Wimmer Bill Davis Racing Chevrolet
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This car is another Nr2003 special, as while Scott Wimmer did run the #27, the YJ Stinger sponsorship wasn't confirmed at the time the game came out. The original car lacked heavily in associates, so I added them according to Wimmer's other cars to make it more "believable" as I did with Ron Fellows #80

#46 Carl Long Al Smith Dodge
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Carl Long ran for Glenn Racing in 2003 after a terrible rookie year that saw him only qualify for 2 races out of 17 attempts with 4 different teams. Long's first appearance would be at the All-Star Open, the #46 teams only appearance in race trim. They would later attempt both New Hampshire races, but would fail to make the field on both attempts. This car is missing a handful of associates, but on a car of this stature, it doesn't really matter.

#89 Morgan Shepherd Racing with Jesus Ford
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The #89 team of Morgan Shepherd made the field twice out of 7 attempts, falling out of both early in the going. This would be a habit that would become regular for this team in the future.
 
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Ho Ho Ho, here is a Christmas slate of cars, all fresh off the press!

#09 Scott Pruett Target Dodge
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Scott Pruett ran 2 races in a third Chip Ganassi Racing entry, with the #09 being run at Sonoma, starting 18th but spun out during the race and finished 34th.

#39 Scott Pruett Target Dodge
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At Watkins Glen Pruett would successfully qualify again, now in car #39, and finish runner up to Robby Gordon.

#40 Sterling Marlin
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Sterling Marlin's 2003 return season was far from the heights of 2002, and would mark the beginning of the end for the long tenured Cup Series veteran.

#41 Casey Mears Target Dodge
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Casey Mears rookie campaign was a struggle, finishing a lowly 33rd in points. At least Mears made all 36 races, so that's a plus.

#42 Jamie McMurray Texaco/Havoline Dodge
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McMurray meanwhile would have a much more successful season, despite no wins, he would end up top 20 in points, not bad for a Rookie in a newly minted team.

#49 Ken Schrader 1-800-Call-ATT Dodge
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Yes, this is the (in)famous Carrot Top car, initially ran at Daytona, the sponsor would return for 6 more races in the early portion of the season. Schrader himself would DNQ 4 times, with the "highlight" being a nasty crash at Pocono.

#57 Kevin Lepage CLR Ford
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A scheme recognizable from NASCAR Thunder 2004, Lepage actually never drove this iteration of the car, as this particular scheme variant is actually Brett Bodine's from Darlington. Despite that I put Lepage behind the wheel as he was in EA's 2003 iteration of their yearly series, just because that is who I associate this scheme with.

#78 Rich Bickle SBC/Molykote Chevrolet
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Rich Bickle attempted to get this car into the show in 2 races late in the year, after 3 withdrawls. Bickle would run 2 car numbers, the #79(which would become the teams main number in 2004 and 2005) and the #78 in which he tried to make the season finale in Miami.

#79 Rich Bickle SBC/Molykote Chevrolet
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This is the car as attempted at Rockingham, with the teams regular #79.
 
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My last batch of schemes for this year, including finally finishing the Roush contingent, which I has taken like a week and a half.

#6 Mark Martin Viagra Ford
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2003 was not a great season for Mark Martin by his standards, with no wins, 5 top 5's and 10 top 10's, as well as a whopping 7 DNF's.

#16 Greg Biffle Grainger Ford
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Greg Biffle had a respectable Rookie campaign, crowned by a win at the Pepsi 400, but ultimately would lose out to Jamie McMurray for ROTY honors. This car was one of two that delayed the completion of this team, and I ended up using an existing flat to trace the patterns.


#17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Tools Ford
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Your 2003 Champion, Matt Kenseth won one race at Las Vegas, promptly took the points lead, and never turned back. Kenseth's raw consistency and dominance could simply not be matched, and NASCAR changed the points system in an attempt to never let that happen again.

#97 Kurt Busch Rubbermaid/Sharpie Ford
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2003 was a small dip for the young Kurt Busch, dropping from 3rd in points to just outside the top 10. Still, not an awful season by any stretch.

#99 Jeff Burton Citgo Ford
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The "Mayor" had a similar 2003 to his 2002, no wins, a slightly worse stat line, but the same points finish of 12th.

#11 Brett Bodine Hooters Ford
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Owner/Driver Brett Bodine reduced his team to a partial schedule after a deal with Hooters chairman Robert Brooks to buy into the team fell through, and when Hooters left mid season, the team shut down soon after.

#72 Kirk Shelmerdine Freddie B's Ford
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Kirk Shelmerdine's self owned team only ran the Winston Open, with Shelmerdine's only other attempt that season being at Daytona with Junie Donlavey.

#83 Kerry Earnhardt Aarons Chevrolet
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Kerry Earnhardt's attempt to break into the cup series in 2003 wasn't much better than his attempts in 2002, DNQ-ing in all of his attempts, and being booted out of his Busch ride with the team mid season... OUCH!

#09 Mike Wallace Miccosukee Dodge
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Mike Wallace made the bulk of the starts for Phoenix Racing and James Finch, with backing from the Miccosukee Indian tribe and their Casino and Resort business.
 
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Decided to return to an older template I had made over a year ago, and update it to my modern standards.

Introducing the remastered 1995-1998 Ford Mustang
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The major reworking of this car came in the form of the shading, making it work decently with both light and dark colors, something the original version failed at miserably. I also narrowed the width of the headlights, added roof rail connector points, shading and roof flap lines. The grills also had an update to make them a bit more reasonable as the lower grill was too big, and the mesh holes on both upper and lower were too large as well.
 
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