NASCAR Racers
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GenreAnimated Series
Action
Science fiction
Created byNASCAR
Developed byMark Edens
Directed byDennis Woodyard
Joe Barruso
Voices ofIan James Corlett
Rino Romano
Kathleen Barr
Roger R. Cross
Andrew Francis
Richard Newman
Dale Wilson
Ron Halder
Scott McNeil
Kirby Morrow
Theme music composerJeremy Sweet
ComposersJeremy Sweet
Alexander Van Bubenheim
David Hilker
John Costello
Shuki Levy
Kussa Mahchi
Country of originCanada[1]
United States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerEric S. Rollman
ProducerDennis Woodyard
Running time20 min.
Production companiesSaban Entertainment
Saerom Animation
Release
Original networkFox Kids
Original releaseNovember 20, 1999 (1999-11-20) –
March 24, 2001 (2001-03-24)

NASCAR Racers is an animated television series by Saban Entertainment which features two rival NASCAR racing teams, Team Fastex and Team Rexcor, competing against each other in the futuristic NASCAR Unlimited Division. The series ran from 1999 to 2001 on Fox Kids.[2] Ownership of the series passed to Disney in 2001 when Disney acquired Fox Kids Worldwide, which also includes Saban Entertainment.[3][4][5]

The racing scenes around complicated futuristic tracks were 3D computer animation, while the characters were drawn in traditional 2D cel animation.[6]

Background

26 half-hour episodes were produced by Saban Entertainment, in conjunction with the Vancouver-based Ocean Productions voice cast, who had worked with Saban on other projects — such as Spider-Man Unlimited and Dragon Ball Z. The show's theme song was composed and performed by Jeremy Sweet. Before beginning its proper run in 2000, NASCAR Racers premiered as a special three-part TV movie on November 11, 1999, although subsequent re-airings have the first three episodes separated from each other. It ended in 2001, with reruns airing on Disney's Jetix after the company's purchase of the Saban Entertainment library. The show was produced before Fox showed NASCAR races, and the show's broadcast history only overlapped with the network's coverage of the real series for one month.

Premise

While real life NASCAR tracks are mainly ovals, NASCAR Racers is anything but. The racers compete on a wide variety of courses, including road course, off-road, mountain, and Motorsphere. The Motorsphere track starts with a typical race track leading into a sphere, then tracks are wrapped around the inner surface of the sphere.

The NASCAR Unlimited Division features cutting edge, over-the-top technologies (from the show's point of view). To protect drivers from crashes, each race car has an inner Rescue Racer that ejects from the outer body if an accident happens. XPT racers, introduced in season 2, are the new race cars for Team Fastex. XPT racers use atomic fuel run by forced-combustion systems. Nitro Racers contain high-flux fusion units that can get maximum power out of atomic fuel.

The change in body design from the XPT racers to the Nitro Racers was similar to the Sprint Cup transition to the "car of tomorrow". XPT racers were sleeker than the boxy Nitro Racers.

Characters

The characters often race on simulators to hone their skills before actual races; this is also done by real NASCAR drivers.

Team Fastex

Team Rexcor

Other Unlimited Series Drivers

Other Team Fastex

Commentators

Episodes

Season 1 (1999–2000)

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
1"The Real Thing"Michael EdensNovember 20, 1999 (1999-11-20)101
There is a new NASCAR series called the Unlimited Series, and team Fastex owner Jack Fassler has hired four racers: Mark "Charger" McCutchen, Steve "Flyer" Sharp, Carlos "Stunts" Rey and Lyle "Collector" Owens. He fired Lyle "The Collector" Owens for disruptive racing while he seeks a contract with Fassler's nemesis, Garner Rexton, owner of Rexcor. He spies Fassler, who has finished the prototype cars. While Flyer drives his car, he loses control on the track. The series premiered 6 days after Dale Jarrett clinched the Championship at the Pennzoil 400.
2"The Stakes"Mark EdensNovember 20, 1999 (1999-11-20)102
Flyer manages to stop the car after losing control of it, but Jack is more concerned about letting his daughter Megan driving for the team. He finally gives her a chance reluctantly. At a banquet before the first race, Lyle challenges Mark to a race in the Rescue Racers at the quarry, and he agrees. However, the race is fixed and Charger's Rescue Racer flies off a closed road into a river.
3"Heroes"Mark EdensNovember 20, 1999 (1999-11-20)103
Mark ends up in a river, but was subsequently saved. He also wins the first race of the championship after a grudge match against the Collector & Megan Fassler becomes Spitfire.
4"Duck Out of the Way"Michael EdensFebruary 5, 2000 (2000-02-05)104
Megan is badly injured in a race accident by Rexcor's microwave technology, and Jack blames Duck, who quits. Duck joins Rexcor, but is secretly spying on Rexcor to see if they are the ones responsible. It turns out that they have the microwave technology, and Jack and Duck have to stop Rexton from frying Fastex's cars on the next race.
5"Co-Pilot"Steve CudenFebruary 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)105
Megan is training in the simulator when a mysterious figure meets her and asks her to drive for him against the computer. It is really The Collector hacking in the simulator, and he hooks up the simulator to his car so Megan will be driving it in the next race. She will have to realize that it's all a trap by The Collector.
6"The Mission"Scott PetersonFebruary 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)106
A military intelligence officer asks Flyer to destroy a chemical warfare factory while in an off-road race. Flyer must fight his way through Brock Van Leer's desert base, along with his friends, and destroy the chemicals.
7"Always"Matthew EdensFebruary 26, 2000 (2000-02-26)107
Lyle Owens rigs Charger's car to go out during an off-road race in Alaska. Charger encounters an airplane crash while being stranded, and a man trapped in the airplane calls out to Charger for help. The crash site, however, is decades old and is deserted. Charger wonders if the mysterious man was his father. But in the end, Hondo Hines wins and Fastex fails to win at Alaska.
8"Boy vs. Machine"Steve CudenMarch 4, 2000 (2000-03-04)108
After Miles accidentally takes over a computer-controlled car and creates chaos at the Fastex headquarters, Mark banishes him from the garage and the pits. Meanwhile, Garner Rexton schemes to reprogram the computer that controls the Motorsphere so that the sphere's morphing track will attack team Fastex cars during the next race and try to destroy them. Miles and Shelby are trapped inside the Motorsphere along team Fastex. As Fastex drivers struggle against the automated obstacles and lasers thrown at them by the Motorsphere, Miles uses his technical video game to disable the computer and save the day.
9"Pulp Faction"Michael EdensApril 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)109
While training in an off-road area in the South American laguna, Libby Fassler has been kidnapped by some bounty hunters secretly hired by Garner Rexton. By trying to bring her to his side, Garner sends out team Rexcor to try and save her, the same thing which Fastex does and succeeds.
10"Daredevil"Michael EdensApril 22, 2000 (2000-04-22)110
While training for some stunts, Carlos "Stunts" Rey jumps in partnership with a beautiful stunt-driver named Eve Kildere. Stunts begins falling for Eve, unaware that she's purposefully trying to lure him away from Team Fastex as a way of repaying a debt she owes Garner Rexton. In the end, she changes her mind in the last minute while some fireworks have been prepared to be launched during a stunt made by team Fastex, to kill them. Scared, she jumps in a car but is caught by Stunts and then arrested by the police.
11"Flag Bearer"Matthew EdensApril 29, 2000 (2000-04-29)111
After two victories for Team Rexcor (after winning Secada 500 and Tundra 2000), a new race has been prepared for both teams. Meanwhile, thieves being pursued by the police hide a new guidance component stolen from the government in Team Fastex's hauler, particularly in Flyer's car. But when the thieves come back to take the component, Flyer's car has been painted in red and white for the "All-American" highway cross-country race (like the American flag). As the thieves no longer recognize the car, they use monster trucks, bulldozers and a stolen helicopter to search for the component by destroying all cars in their way. One of the thieves tricked Hondo Hines and used his driver clothing to compete in this race as Specter of Team Rexcor.
12"Every Man for Itself"Michael EdensMay 6, 2000 (2000-05-06)112
The first season of the championship is getting to a closer end when Rexcor uses the new driver to compete against Fastex, the driver known as Kent "Demolisher" Steele. After Lyle Owens was fired and Steele hired, Fastex was also working on a "secret new weapon" for the last race: a supercar that pushes the performance envelope far beyond the team's regular cars. After the supercar lost control and disintegrated, Duck realized that the car was too hard to control for any human being, though Jack was very confident of victory. With the individual driving championship at stake, the Fastex drivers, each with an individual compulsion to win, no longer race as a team. Disunited, they fall easily as a prey to "Demolisher" Steele, who wins the race by destroying all Fastex cars. Garner knows that Steele will win again, because his new driver who replaces Lyle "Collector" Owens is, in fact, a superhuman android.
13"All or Nothing"Matthew EdensMay 13, 2000 (2000-05-13)113
With the last race of the championship at stake, team Fastex drivers manage to bury their differences and work as a team again. Together, they ask Jack about who is going to drive the new highly-experimented car, with the driver to be chosen at random. Megan and Miles tried to convince Charger not to drive the new car being afraid that they might lose him. Meanwhile, Lyle persuaded Eve Kildere from prison to use the Unlimited Series car to re-enter the last race as "The Mysterious Wild Card". Him and Charger together defeat Steele (who was exposed as an android and caused Rexcor's season disqualification for cheating) as Fastex wins the championship.

Season 2 (2000–2001)

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
14"Second Chance"Michael EdensOctober 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)201
It's the start of a brand-new NASCAR Unlimited Series season, and Team Fastex is back in their new XPT racers. But there are new kids in town, intent on crashing Jack Fassler's pre-season party. Redline, Octane, Chrome, Grim Repo, and Tanker challenge Fastex to a race, and with some additional goading from Rexcor drivers Zorina, Junker, and Specter, our heroes give in. Stunts, who's desperate to prove that he's no second-stringer to Charger, is disgusted when it appears his pre-race tangle with Grim Repo will keep him sidelined for the unplanned event. Fortunately for him, another new arrival in the garage area, "Lugnut" Gooch, gets him back on track to take the first checkered flag of the season.
15"Toxic"Mark EdensNovember 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)202
A runaway reaction in a catalytic blender for the new atomic gasoline levels a fuel research lab in New Motor City, and nearly takes out Charger and Spitfire as well. Garner Rexton is disappointed at the news of their survival, but sees his chance to rectify the situation when Lyle Owens comes begging for his old job back. Garner agrees to The Collector's return if he takes Charger out before the first (official) race of the season. To fulfill his end of the evil bargain, Owens lures Charger into a trap in the burned fuel center. But in the end, it's The Collector that winds up taking the toxic bath while an injured Charger still manages to steal the checkered flag from Redline in an amazing last to first victory.
16"Payday"Matthew EdensNovember 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)203
Though he managed to free himself from the toxic trap at the burned out fuel center, Charger did not escape unscathed. A dislocated vertebra leads to a dismal qualifying effort and a decision to sit out the second race of the new season. But when Team Rexcor's car #909 mystery driver is revealed as the mutated Lyle Owens, Charger is not about to give his would-be assassin the satisfaction of seeing him sidelined. The Collector is determined not to let Charger win another race, making several attempts to wreck him, including a final try on the last lap when his own barely functional car is a lap down. Yet Charger prevails, again snatching the checkered flag from Redline's grasp, this time thanks to an expert landing of his Rescue Racer on the hood of O'Roarke's car. This episode aired 1 day before Bobby Labonte clinched the Championship at the Pennzoil 400.
17"Red Flag"Michael EdensNovember 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)204
Brock Van Leer is back, and out for revenge. After filling the top of the Motorsphere with vaporized atomic fuel, he threatens to blow up the spectator-filled arena unless Flyer steps forward in exchange for their lives. The noble Flyer of course does so, but Van Leer has no intention of disarming his ticking time bomb, as his plan is for vengeance against all of Team Fastex. While Flyer faces the daunting motor-enhanced strength of Van Leer's exo-skeleton, Charger, Stunts, and Spitfire have to figure out a way to climb and vent the Motorsphere while dodging bullets from Van Leer's henchmen and helicopter gunships.
18"Chain Reaction"Michael EdensDecember 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)205
Team Fastex is hot — too hot! When their cars overheat and blinding smoke and fire force them off the track during time trials, it's pretty obvious that someone from Team Rexcor has been tampering with their temperature gauges. That someone actually turns out to be a something named Kent Steele. In a Van Leer-inspired plot, Garner Rexton's terminator android has sabotaged Team Fastex's atomic fuel mixture to not only torch their cars, but to blow another fuel center and much of New Motor City sky high. With Spitfire in the lead, Team Fastex exchanges their racing suits for radiation suits to take on the pseudo-man Steele.
19"Rumble"Michael EdensDecember 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)206
Worth Dwindling cons new partner Carlos Rey into agreeing to the Stunts Café Million Dollar Rumble, an unofficial race at Big River Raceway. In other words — it's anything goes and dirty-tricks to the max! On the track, the Team Fastex drivers find themselves up against a new Team Rexcor consisting of The Collector, Kent Steele, Tanker, and Grim Repo, but what they don't know is that they're also facing Rexton, Junker, Specter, and Zorina thanks to remote-control devices planted under their hoods by a Charger-disguised Kent Steele the night before. It looks like instead of going to the bank, Team Fastex is going to get taken to the cleaners. Fortunately, Miles discovers the ploy, but unfortunately, he is only able to recruit the clumsy Lugnut to help him. Despite everything, Stunts still manages to pull off the win in his namesake race... yet still loses when Dwindling disappears with the prize money.
20"Crash Course"Steve CudenFebruary 3, 2001 (2001-02-03)207
After seven races, the XPT cars are deemed too twitchy and are replaced by the new super-high-tech Nitro Racers. The high-flux fusion of these cars get maximum power out of atomic fuel, something the old-combustion systems never could. When Flyer refused to launch his Rescue Racer in favor of attempting to save his out-of-control car, Glorie (Flyer's girlfriend) can't bear to watch him risk his life behind the steering wheel, and decides to leave New Motor City with a plane. As fate would have it, aboard the same flight is Reed, an undercover operative for Garner Rexton who has stolen one of Fastex's fusion units for Rexcor to replicate. When a blizzard forces the pilot of the plane to turn back, Reed hijacks the flight, but only manages a crash landing atop a mountain. Flyer leads Team Fastex in a race against time up snow-choked logging trails to save Glory and the other crash victims, while the members of Team Rexcor try to beat them to Reed and the fusion unit for a big bonus from Rexton in their typical cheat-to-win fashion.
21"El Dorado"Michael EdensFebruary 10, 2001 (2001-02-10)208
There is a new race at the Inca 500, and Stunts takes the lead from Lyle Owens and Grim Repo. As he is in first place, he must save a man whose pickup truck rams off the Andes Mountain road course. The grateful Pablo has little to offer in debt except a golden coin and a story about a temple up in the mountains. After that, Carlos starts a treasure hunt alone being pursued by Rexcor. When the rest of the team finds out about the chase from Lugnut, they follow Stunts and try to help him defend against Rexcor drivers. After he found the temple, he is confused then captured by the villagers who are believing that Owens is their long-waited king, King Tehualpa. For him and his teammates to be free, Stunts challenges Owens to a duel with their cars as Charger helps him win and declines the treasure. When it has come to decline, the villagers realise that their king must be pure-hearted like Stunts. When the villagers are about to offer Stunts the treasure, he declines telling them to wait for their real king to come that will lead them. After team Fastex leaves the temple, the villagers found near the treasure Stunt's hood logo carved in rock. This Episode aired the Same day for qualifying for the 43rd Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001.
22"The Wild Blue"Scott PetersonFebruary 17, 2001 (2001-02-17)209
Old racer Farell Longstreet has returned to race once again in the NASCAR Unlimited series while he meets up first with Charger and Flyer. It has been some time since Steve saved Octane's life while he was falling from the Motorsphere and they became "friends", but as what Flyer doesn't know is that Octane is secretly working for Rexcor using hallucinogenic water to poison his mind. In the next race, Flyer hallucinates that he is in a combat mission and that everyone is his enemy. With Flyer having such a disadvantage, Tanker tries to destroy him and so does team Rexcor with the Rexcor Crunch, ultimately being saved by Stunts. After the race, Megan receives a message from a woman who claims to be her mother. This Episode aired 1 day before Dale Earnhardt died at the 2001 Daytona 500.
23"Runaway"Matthew EdensMarch 3, 2001 (2001-03-03)210
Undergoing testing at the Motorcity hospital, Flyer unhappily must sit out the next race in which a stuck throttle causes Charger to inadvertently wreck the popular Farrell Longstreet. The NASCAR fans quickly turn against Charger, who heads home to Mobile, Alabama to consider whether to continue racing. Since everyone else in Team Fastex seems to be too busy to go after Charger, Flyer slips out of the hospital to find his friend, and ends up helping McCutchen save a school yard full of kids from a runaway delivery truck. The re-inspired drivers return to Fastex only to learn that Megan, who has confirmed through genetic testing that Jack and Libby Fassler are not her real parents, has quit the team.
24"Duck Unlimited"Michael EdensMarch 10, 2001 (2001-03-10)211
After a one-on-one race "Stunts vs Mysterious Wild Card", Carlos has been badly wounded and needed emergency assistance. As the mysterious racer turned out to be Eve Kildere, Megan admits to her father Jack that she made her own team called "Spitfire Racers" and that Eve Kildere and Chrome are members of the team. Meanwhile, Garner Rexton decided to hire Tanker, subsequently firing Zorina as she swore vengeance and joined the "Spitfire Racers" instead. As in the next race, team Fastex's available drivers were only Charger and Flyer, with an injured Carlos, Farrell managed to convince Douglas Dunaka (the crew chief of the team) that he could compete as a racer at the next track to complete the four-man team. As Charger and Flyer were busy to help Duck "Rubber Ducky" Dunaka (#859) evade the Rexcor drivers, Megan won the race for her team with Eve Kildere finishing second and Redline third.
25"Hostage"Matthew EdensMarch 17, 2001 (2001-03-17)212
While engaged in a motorcycle challenge with Stunts, Zorina is abducted by Junker and his underworld partners so that Rexton can "convince" her to help plant bombs in a plot to wipe out Team Fastex and steal the gate receipts from the next race. During the robbery, one of the thugs decides to abduct Jack Fassler as insurance. Megan gives up a chance for another Spitfire Racers win to save the only father she has ever known, and manages to barely escape being blown up alongside her former teammates. The singed, but reunited Team Fastex manages to recover the stolen cash and rescue Jack, who reveals to Megan that her birth mother made him and Libby promise not to tell Megan she was adopted.
26"Last Chance"Michael EdensMarch 24, 2001 (2001-03-24)213
As Tanker wins the qualifying race against Flyer for Rexcor, Fastex began having doubts about winning the championship as Rexton's team and the other drivers were more advantaged at championship points. As Stunts was persuaded by Rexton to help Rexcor win the last race as he was trying to find a way to help his ill father from the hospital, Flyer found out about Octane poisoning his water with hallucinogenic substances as the last race started. Garner had a mental advantage, about cheating and trying to destroy team Fastex with his undercover team (Dwindling, Megan's impostor mother, Octane, and Farrell Longstreet who promised not to work for Rexcor ever again as he competed in the last race when Charger was injured again driving against Collector and Specter). With obstacles from Rexcor in every direction, will team Fastex survive and win?

Cancelled Season 3

Before Saban Entertainment was acquired by Disney on July 23, 2001 and the sale was finally completed on October 24, 2001, the group had already designed new concepts and storylines for a season 3 which were never put into motion due to an uncertain future with the group, mostly because Saban's sale required full attention.

In other media

Video game

A video game called NASCAR Racers was published in 2000 for Microsoft Windows[7] and Game Boy Color by Hasbro and developed by Software Creations (PC) and Digital Eclipse (GBC). A PlayStation version was planned but cancelled before release.

Books

NASCAR Racers books were authored by Gene Hult under the name J. E. Bright, and published by HarperEntertainment.

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