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Dirt racing gets its own video game this coming week

Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing breaks out the best part of the NASCAR games

two winged dirt-track race cars slide through a turn Monster Games
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The developer of the NASCAR Heat series is taking its best part — dirt racing — and making a it a video game unto itself. Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 on Feb. 14, 2020 for $29.99. It will also launch on Steam on Feb. 21.

Monster Games of Northfield, Minnesota is behind the title, which adapts three real-life racing series for console play. The series are the 410 Winged Sprint Cars and TQ Midgets from the All Star Circuit of Champions, which hall-of-fame driver Tony Stewart bought in 2015.

There’s also the 305 Wingless Sprint Cars. If you’re unsure what the difference is among all these, the important part is they all involve sliding around a dirt track and occasionally blasting a competitor into the wall.

Monster added dirt track racing to 2018’s NASCAR Heat 3 and refined its handling and physics for last year’s NASCAR Heat 4. In that game, dirt racing serves as a feeder series for the player’s overall career. Stewart, who also owns the dirt-track raceway in Eldora, Ohio, played a prominent role in that phase of the career, too.

Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing, however, will not have any real-life venues in its course lineup. A news release from Monster didn’t explain why, but that’s likely because of licensing agreements with NASCAR Heat 4 — which Monster is no longer developing.

Players in this game will get 24 dirt tracks modeled on real-life layouts, from small ovals to D-shaped circuits and triangular tracks. Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing will support online racing events with up to 25 players; local split-screen multiplayer is also offered. There will also be a career mode where created drivers build their way up through the three series.

For more, YouTuber Jeff Favignano aired this 40-minute gameplay demonstration on Friday.

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