It's Christmas, meaning millions of people are giving each other gifts ranging from the useless to the wonderful.
For me, Christmas always used to mean a new NASCAR video game. From 1998, when I got my first PlayStation and EA's NASCAR 99, all the way to NASCAR 09 on my then-outdated PlayStation 2, there was nary a game I missed. I played almost all of them at least once, even the Papyrus computer games and Hasbro's limited output.
But EA started to go downhill on a major scale with the release of NASCAR '07, and the fact that they held an exclusive license (since expired) didn't inspire them to keep the quality up. Now, NASCAR is relying on the old open-license technique, allowing any developer to create a game, hoping that it will lead to higher-quality product.
Most of the following games come from the heyday of NASCAR video games, between about 1999 and 2005. The rest are either out right now or coming soon, but since they've had less time to stack up against the classics, they come first (with one notable exception).