You can't go banging and crashing with impunity, but
a well-placed thump on a competitor's door will generally
not send you into a spin and is encouraged as a way of
forcefully pushing your way through turns.
If you have enough free disk space, go with a full install
to eliminate CD access delays when racing.
For rookie and veteran drivers alike, the most important
prerace screen is the one marked "AI Strength."
Here you can fully tailor the realism and tune the level
of assistance you require. Sliding controls govern several
key areas, including drafting effect, horsepower, car
balance, opponent strength, and speed-sensitive steering.
In essence, you can make the game as easy or difficult,
authentic or "action oriented" as you want. You cannot
effectively judge the capabilities of NASCAR 2000 without
fully exploring these options.
EA Sports and Stormfront have really upgraded the game
manual for the latest NASCAR. Use it wisely and pay
particular attention to the "In the Garage" section it
really does help you get faster.