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Goodyear makes late tire change

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10:11 AM ET 03.19 | Goodyear has been forced to change the right-side tires originally planned for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams this weekend at Bristol after they began to show excessive wear after 30 to 35 laps of use on Friday. Tires used last August at Bristol were being transported from a Charlotte-area warehouse on Friday night and were expected to be available early Saturday morning.

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March 19, 2011  10:17 AM ET

Heavens to Murgatroid, a new article, and on a Saturday. This intern must be new or on punishment detail. LOL I think after the fiasco and bad P.R. following the tire debacle at Indy they will have this problem corrected before the flag drops. Actually I don't think this, I hope they do.

March 19, 2011  10:37 AM ET

JK, Nascar and Goodyear has to get this corrected. They have no choice. If they don't, fans will walk out and Fox TV will make excuses.

March 19, 2011  10:39 AM ET

Nice to know that tires only last 35 laps. I guess Nascar can make a claim on their tire warranties now.

March 19, 2011  11:48 AM ET

The spam gang must spend all day finding new places for their garbage. My guess is that they sell some stuff or they wouldn't keep posting.

March 19, 2011  11:56 AM ET

I too am stunned at a timely story. Let's hope T&R is turning over a new leaf. (I suffer from a surplus of optimism, I know, but such has been my ruin). As to the story, what kind of junk tire is it that lasts 30-35 laps on a 1/2 mile track. Are you kidding me? Yes, they are driving at 100 mph, but didn't the designers know that? I really think it's time to allow more than one tire manufacturer. Goodyear is clearly not up to the task.

March 19, 2011  12:27 PM ET

Rickapolis....never anything bad about a "surplus of optimism"....and I agree with the rest of your comment #11.
Has the Bristol track changed so much, since the last time they raced there, that Goodyear could not have anticipated this and modified the tires sooner?...I don't even like Goodyear on my personal vehicles and will never buy them......and have been this way for a long time.

March 19, 2011  12:44 PM ET

This could really mess with the set up of the cars--fast cars before could be slow and vise versa----Looking forward to the race after having a week off !!!

March 19, 2011  02:09 PM ET

the NASCAR testing ban strikes again!

March 19, 2011  02:59 PM ET

did you guys see the drama at the beginning of the nationwide race? jennifer jo cobb was told to start & park or nascar would black flag her and that she wouldnt be driving in california 10 mins before the race by her owner.. so she decided to get out of the car..

good for her IMO, start & park is lame.

March 19, 2011  05:30 PM ET

I totally applaud her !

March 19, 2011  08:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

did you guys see the drama at the beginning of the nationwide race? jennifer jo cobb was told to start & park or nascar would black flag her and that she wouldnt be driving in california 10 mins before the race by her owner.. so she decided to get out of the car.. good for her IMO, start & park is lame.

If NASCAR wants to maintain any integrity they will ban this 'start and park' nonsense. It degrades the sport. Somehow, though, I doubt if you'll be able to convince the France clan of this.

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March 19, 2011  10:49 PM ET

Looks like Kyle has won 4 of the last 4 races here. The drama queen Danica won't be earning respect from her peers acting like that. LOL

March 20, 2011  09:09 AM ET

My understanding is Goodyear changed the compound, at the request of drivers/Nascar, so there would be less rubber put down - drivers last year complained about too much rubber on the track during the race, making the turns slick.
It would not have hurt to test the new tire before the race, though an inherent problem mentioned was a tire test, with say 4 cars, would not reveal if the tire put down (or not put down) the rubber as seen with a few dozen cars; the test would have revealed the 30 lap lifespan (after driving Saturday, drivers said the quick wearing tire was grippy, and faster, that the replacement).

March 20, 2011  11:24 AM ET

Same old same old.

March 20, 2011  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#29):

My understanding is Goodyear changed the compound, at the request of drivers/Nascar, so there would be less rubber put down - drivers last year complained about too much rubber on the track during the race, making the turns slick. It would not have hurt to test the new tire before the race, though an inherent problem mentioned was a tire test, with say 4 cars, would not reveal if the tire put down (or not put down) the rubber as seen with a few dozen cars; the test would have revealed the 30 lap lifespan (after driving Saturday, drivers said the quick wearing tire was grippy, and faster, that the replacement).

That is a typical damned if you do damned if you don't ...

March 20, 2011  01:11 PM ET
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That is a typical damned if you do damned if you don't ...

Also, any man knows it is better to last then be fast ...

March 20, 2011  01:12 PM ET

Looks like Bristol has a third of the seats empty -- used to be you couldn't get tickets to that race ...

March 20, 2011  01:22 PM ET
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Looks like Bristol has a third of the seats empty -- used to be you couldn't get tickets to that race ...

Nowadays, go to the race, or feed your family. I see some empty spots, you're right, used to be full-up.

 
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