The evolution of NASCAR video games since the original one, Richard Petty's Talladega, was released in 1985, has been extraordinary. Driving games have gone from very basic to extremely complex over the past 26 years.
The quality of NASCAR games has begun to slip over the past couple years after Electronic Arts decided not the renew its contract to create the game after releasing NASCAR 09.
That is not surprising, however, because any company that agrees to a contract must create the game from scratch. EA had the base setup for the game ready each year and just added to it.
Eutechnyx is the most recent developer to produce a new game, releasing NASCAR The Game: 2011 earlier this year. It garnered mixed reviews.
Here is a list of the 25 best NASCAR video games ever created.