First would be Nascar '98.

I was a big RC Pro-am player on Nintendo and Uniracers was probably my most played game on my SNES so I knew I needed a racing game to start with. I chose Nascar '98 because it had a 'paintball mode' cheat where you could shoot paintballs at other cars and make them spin out and/or crash. So I would alternate between trying to win races seriously and trying to knock out ever other car out of the race. It was a good balance and I put a looooot of time into that game. More early pickups were Destruction Derby and Nightmare Creatures.