Tire Problems Cause Bristol Change
By: MRN Staff on March 18, 2011 | 3:06 P.M. EST
Extreme right-side tire shoulder wear prompted for the change. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR and Goodyear announced a change in tire plans for this weekend's Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Extreme right-side tire shoulder wear in both Nationwide and Sprint Cup practices 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 August at Bristol and the Sprint Cup Series teams will use tires originally designated for Fontana and Kansas.
Goodyear is bringing in 1200-1300 new right-side tires in from a Charlotte-area warehouse and the change will take place tonight.
Tomorrow, the Nationwide Series will qualify on the tires in which they practiced with today and then will change the tires on a competition yellow at lap 25. The Cup teams will receive one set of the right-side tires in the morning in which they can use in the practice sessions.
"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 10 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.