NASCAR 09 is, according to executive producer Scott Stutsman, directly addressing both reviews and the comments the developers saw about the game in online communities. Those complaints in a nutshell? To steal a line from those long-running Dale Jarrett UPS commercials, "We want to drive the car!"
Last year's game had mechanics that may have represented the actual mechanics of a stock car, but, well, IGN are not NASCAR drivers. The slightest turn or imperfection in the way they drove the car caused it to spin out and end up somewhere they didn't want to be -- namely, in the infield.