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->''"[[TotallyRadical Extreme Machines!]]"''

''NASCAR Racers'' is an animated show about racing between two NASCAR teams taken to the WackyRacing trope to the [[RuleOfCool coolest extent]]. It was created by Creator/SabanEntertainment (using Creator/TheOceanGroup voice cast) for Creator/FoxKids, where it ran from 1999-2001.

Two rival NASCAR teams, Team Fastex and Team Rexcor, compete in futuristic races with one another on tracks with over-the-top technology in a new location almost {{once per episode}}. The first season focuses on the racing, but the {{backstory}} of each character is examined further and loose ends are tied up in the second season. Season two thickened the plotline and is considered when the show [[GrowingTheBeard Grew the Beard]] by some fans.

A lot of parallels can be drawn from this series to ''WesternAnimation/{{Metajets}}.''
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'''Characters''':
* '''Team Fastex'''
** '''Jack Fassler''': The leader and owner of the team.
** '''Mark "Charger" [=McCutchen=]''': Follows in the steps of his father in racing, and {{the rival}} of Lyle Owens.
** '''Megan "Spitfire" Fassler''': [[TheSmurfettePrinciple The obligatory girl]], and a skilled driver whose adopted father Jack is the manager of the team.
** '''Steve "Flyer" Sharp''': Was injured in an accident where a barrel exploded in his face, and it has made him cautious in racing. Also a member of the U.S. Air Force.
** '''Carlos "Stunts" Rey''': A real ladies' man who used to race in motocross. Races for money to pay for his ill father's medical expense. Rexton hires a guy to steal money from him.
** '''Douglas "Duck" Dunaka''': The team's trusted crew chief.
* '''Team Rexcor'''
** '''Garner Rexton''': The owner of the team. A greedy, dishonest man who will stop at nothing to win. He's aided by a [[HollywoodCyborg cyborg]] named Spex.
** '''Lyle "The Collector" Owens''': The star of the team, a ruthless and cruel racer who gets his nickname from arrogantly taking a part off of each car he wrecks.
** '''Hondo "Specter" Hines''': A sneaky guy who teams up with Zorina to crash other cars, who is easily led.
** '''Zorina''': An aggressive, cruel racer who teams up with Specter to race.
** '''Diesel "Junker" Spitz''': A clumsy {{delinquent|s}} who trashes cars when racing.
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[[TheMerch Of course, there was also a toy line.]] Also, there was a [[LicensedGame video game]] released for PC and UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor during the show's run, the latter of which featured a mission-based story mode in which you eventually took control of each of the aforementioned racers (plus a SecretCharacter) in different scenarios in the universe of the TV show. There was also an unlockable mode where you can race as the cars' rescue pods. The tracks were based on various famous locations [[WorldTour around the world]], names and all, whereas the GBA version referred to the tracks by their generic climates.

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!!Tropes used by the series:
* AllForNothing: After a BRUTAL race in the episode Rumble, Stunts manages to win the "Stunts Cafe" unofficial race, only to find out the sponsor for this race cashed out everything, making the race itself pointless.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: After being spilled with chemicals, Lyle undergoes a change that makes him stronger. He's able to survive crashes that are impossible for a human to survive, thus making it questionable if he's even human anymore. Even his teammates, who were previously shown to intimidate him, find him unsettling.
* TheCollector: Not deliberate, but Lyle Owens didn't get his nickname for nothing. He collects car parts from the competitors he wrecks.
%%* CombatPragmatist: Lyle.
* ConspicuousCG: Cel-shaded cars and conspicuously more realistic-looking backgrounds during the racing sequences. A bit of a weird mix when the 2D hand-drawn characters are seen next to the 3D cars in exterior shots.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Garner Rexton is a greedy, vindictive man, who will use any sort of method to ensure his team wins. Whether that's sabotage, spying, [[spoiler: and even outright attempted murder a few times.]]
%%* {{Delinquent}}: Junker
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler:Stunts tricks Rexton into giving one at the end of the second season by hiding a camera in his helmet]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Spitfire]] takes one after [[spoiler:Rexton convinces her into believing lies about her past. She also makes a new team herself called "The Spitfires".]]
* FakeDefector: In "Duck Out of the Way", Fastex Team's chief mechanic leaves Fastex and joins Rexcor to find out how Rexton was sabotaging Fastex cars.
* FieryRedhead: Spitfire has quite the outspoken personality, along with her red hair, making her quite the fiery redhead.
* HappilyAdopted: Jack adopted Megan and is a loving father.
%%* HollywoodCyborg: Spex.
* {{Jerkass}}: Lyle Owens is a self centered, angry man, even willing to bully his rival Charger when he's suffering from an injured neck bone.
* LegacyCharacter: Two characters use the codename "Wild Card" in the series. Lyle uses it in the first season and Eve Kildere in the second one. During his time using the codename, Lyle drives a car given to him by Eve.
* MerchandiseDriven: In 2 senses. The name definitely shows that this show is in part a promotion for the NASCAR sports brand. The other sense is the cars themselves are very toy conscious with bright colors, cool features, occasional repaints and upgrades.
* TheMole: Lyle was this at the beginning as he was officially a Fastex driver but was spying on them for Garner Rexton.
* NeverMyFault: Lyle blames Charger for losing his job as a Fastex driver but he was fired because Jack Fassler doesn't approve what Lyle does to earn his nickname as "The Collector".
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: A few extra characters.
* OpposingSportsTeam: If Fastex is the hero team, the opposing team for them is Rexcor. The philosophies of the 2 teams also are in sharp contrast. While Fastex is about skill and sportsmanship, Rexcor is much more about aggressive driving and winning by any means necessary.
* TheRival: Through most of the series, "Charger" and "The Collector" are at each other's throats, particularly since Lyle lost his spot on team Fasstex to him. Come season 2, there's a new hotshot rookie called Redline who turns into one for the other racers with his quick driving providing a challenge for all around him.
* RuleOfCool: It's racing in the future. With Rocket boosters, side boosters to allow for quick passes, robot race car drivers, and a bunch of bright colored cars. All to show cool racing action.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Flyer. Occasionally comes up for him during the series, and unfortunately, in the middle of some races. Kind of a surprising character trait to see in a show like this.
* ShipTease: From the start, there was something that Megan had for Conner that seemed to imply some kind of attraction to him.
* ShoutOut: The Season 1 finale features a robotic antagonist who is seen emerging from fire with only his metallic endoskeleton left, as an obvious reference to ''Film/TheTerminator''.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: There aren't a lot of women drivers in {{real life}}, though.
* StartMyOwn: Megan temporarily left Fastex to start her own racing team.
* TagalongKid: Miles Mccutchen. Charger's younger brother who sometimes gets dragged into plots on accident. Or intentionally depending on the plans by the adults.
* ThickLineAnimation: The hand-drawn portion, at least.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: For the most part, the world of Nascar Racers seems pretty normal. With regular cars, planes, etc. However, race cars, despite resembling stock cars still, now have all sorts of extra features to provide a more awesome racing experience. And the tracks reflect that too, with loop de loops, crazy turns and a variety of other features.
* WackyRacing: It's set a future where NASCAR has evolved into a ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' style event around grotesquely dangerous tracks. Ironically, though, it's actually safer than real NASCAR, since all the vehicles have "rescue racers", an escape pod jettisoned in the event of a crash.
* WildCard: Despite Fastex and Rexcorp being the primary racers, there's a host of unaffiliated racers who also provide a challenge on the track, like Redline.
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