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Tire issues force Bristol change

Posted on: March 18, 2011 2:43 pm
By Pete Pistone

NASCAR and Goodyear announced a change in tire plans for this weekend's Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Extreme right side tire wear in both Nationwide and Sprint Cup practice on Friday has forced Goodyear to re-evaluate the rubber compound originally planned for the .533-mile track this weekend.

Nationwide cars will now run the tires used last year at Bristol and a competition caution will come out on lap 25 of Saturday's race for teams to check tire wear.

Sprint Cup Series teams will now use tires originally designated for Fontana and Michigan with Goodyear expected to bring in 1200-1300 tires from a Charlotte-area warehouse later this evening.

"The racetrack isn't getting darker," said Kurt Busch referring to the rubber not being laid on the racing surface. "Tires are almost turning into powder similar to what happened at Indianapolis."

The Indianapolis debacle of a few years ago when tires would not last ten laps before wearing out or blowing out is still very fresh on both NASCAR and Goodyear's minds which no doubt prompted the move to the back-up plan this weekend in Bristol.

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Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2011 9:10 am

Tire issues force Bristol change

Agreed Twinsfan.  You would think Goodyear would have already done testing at the track on their own to see what these tires would do under race conditions.  Why are they doing such a terrible job with r&d?  It's like goodyear is going out of their way to make NASCAR look bad.  To wait until practice for the race makes them llok terrible.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2011 8:22 am

Tire issues force Bristol change

How do they manage to keep screwing this up?  It's effin' tires!  How long has Goodyear been providing tires to the same cars at the same tracks year after year?  Don't they do any testing at all before the qualifiying?  If I were a driver/team/owner, I'd be p*ssed.  'hey let's try this during your warmups/practices/qualifying where you're trying to get used to the car/track conditions, then, we'll throw that out and make you run a totally different configuration during the actual competition,'  Idiots!

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