Game Informer gave the review scores of 8.5 and 8. Andy McNamara, who gave the higher score, wrote, "...it has a number of challenges and situations -- such as trying to win Daytona with two laps left and no fuel. [game mode] Race the Pro, on the other hand challenges you to beat 11 world-famous drivers at their three best tracks... Overall I thoroughly enjoyed playing NASCAR Heat, as the control is immaculate. I was astounded by the realism that its smooth handling brought to the game".