- All-New Driver Communication: the first console driving game to utilize voice recognition allows communication between computer-controlled crew chiefs and team members
- New Dynamic Car Swapping: use the right analog stick to take control of teammates' cars and fight off rivals as you work your way back to the front of the pack.
- New Interactive Crew Chief: select from eight new team commands including blocking, pitting, and holding track position.
- Fight to the Top Mode: Featuring an all-new teammate theme, the upgraded phone system allows communication between teammates and opponents. Build a fan base and become a superstar owner/teammate, deciding where, how, and what to drive. Develop essential racing skills as you build a top NASCAR team.
- Chase for the CupTM Mode: The ten-race shootout mirrors the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup SeriesTM new championship system.