Goodyear tire info for Daytona

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The Cup and Xfinity Series go back this weekend to where it all began for NASCAR: Daytona International Speedway.

Here’s the Goodyear Tire info for this weekend’s racing action at the World Center of Racing:

Teams in the two series will run different tire set-ups, with Cup cars riding on rubber with two new tire codes compared to what was run earlier this year at the Daytona 500. Both the left- and right-side tires “feature construction updates to align this set-up with what is run at intermediate tracks,” Goodyear said in a press release.

The tire set-up stems from a Goodyear test at Daytona right after the 500 on February 18-19. Teams that participated in that test were Richard Childress Racing (Daniel Hemric), Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle Larson) and Hendrick Motorsports (Alex Bowman).

"The goal was to incorporate the basic elements of the 2019 rules package into the aerodynamic configuration for the superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega, so they are no longer unique in that perspective,” Goodyear director of racing Greg Stucker said in a media release. “With that alignment established early in the test, we took the same approach to the tires.

"The result was a tire combination with the same constructions we run at the intermediate tracks, married with the tread compounds run at Daytona in February. Having such a great working relationship with NASCAR allows us to get a lot accomplished together at our tests that ultimately has a positive impact on what we all bring to the track and the quality of racing we put on for our fans.”

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 18 – Coke Zero Sugar 400

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup: 2 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying, 7 sets for the race (6 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice)

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4888; Right-side – D-4890

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 2,232 mm (87.87 in.); Right-side -- 2,250 mm (88.52 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 29 psi; Left Rear -- 29 psi; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

Notes: As on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona. Air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race No. 16 – Circle K Firecracker 250

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

Set limits: Xfinity: 4 sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4738; Right-side – D-4740

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 2,237 mm (88.07 in.); Right-side -- 2,247 mm (88.46 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 29 psi; Left Rear -- 29 psi; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

Notes -- Xfinity cars return to Daytona on same tire set-up as February race: Teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will run a different tire set-up than those in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona this week. This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Xfinity teams have run at the Speedway since last July. As on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona. Air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Sioux Chief to sponsor ARCA Showdown, East Series to race at Nashville Fairgrounds

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ARCA announced Saturday that Sioux Chief Manufacturing will be the entitlement sponsor of its 10-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown in 2020.

Sioux Chief Manufacturing is a Missouri company that designs and manufactures rough plumbing products, parts, and accessories for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications

Sioux Chief has been involved in ARCA since 2015 as a race event sponsor and special awards program sponsor and sponsored ARCA’s former Short Track Challenge.

As part of the deal, a newly increased point fund, combined with race purses, owner plan, and contingency awards, will offer teams a chance to compete for a share of over $920,000 in posted awards throughout the series.

The Sioux Chief Showdown will bring together the best drivers from the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West, formerly known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Those events, held on oval tracks 1.25-miles in length and under and road courses, offer drivers who may not be able or eligible to run the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule the opportunity to run for a championship. Combined with the overall ARCA Menards Series championship, and the East and West championships, drivers will have four separate championships to compete for in 2020.

The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Also present was promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, who announced that the ARCA Menards Series East would compete at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 2.

The Tennessean reported this week that the Nashville Fairgrounds was negotiating with Sargent to promote at least three races at the short track in 2020. Sargent’s involvement in the track comes after Nashville’s Fair Board voted to terminate its agreement with Formosa Productions to run the track over outstanding debt.

The ARCA Menards Series has competed at the Fairgrounds the last five seasons. The ARCA Menards Series East, formerly known as the K&N Pro Series East, competed there from 2007-08.

GMS Racing reveals full-time driver-crew chief lineup, number assignments

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GMS Racing has announced its full-time driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season and number assignments for its trucks:

– Chad Norris has been named crew chief for Brett Moffitt and the No. 23 Chevrolet team. Moffitt drove the No. 24 in his first season with the team. Norris has been with GMS Racing for two years and directed the effort that delivered the team its 2018 Xfinity Series win at Talladega.

– Chad Walter will lead Tyler Ankrum and the No. 26 team. 2020 will be Ankrum’s first season with GMS Racing. Walter served as an engineer for Ankrum this season at DGR-Crosley. Walter has five wins and 42 top fives in 208 Xfinity Series starts as crew chief.

– Kevin “Bono” Manion is paired with Zane Smith on the No. 21 Chevrolet. 2020 will be Smith’s first full-time Trucks season after competing part-time for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Manion has 24 wins as crew chief across all three national series since 2003. He led Martin Truex Jr. to his two Xfinity Series titles.

– Jeff Stankiewicz will remain as the crew chief for the No. 2 team piloted by Sheldon Creed.

Social Roundup: How NASCAR drivers are spending their offseason

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NASCAR’s Champion’s week is now behind us and we are firmly in the offseason.

Well, sort of.

The NASCAR world never really stops, which is evident simply due to the continued announcements for the 2020 season.

But with Joey Logano testing the Next Gen car at Phoenix earlier this week and Dale Earnhardt Jr. helping clean up North Wilkesboro Speedway for iRacing, it’s been anything but quiet.

Here’s a look at what else happened in the NASCAR community this week.

Someone needs to check in on Jimmie Johnson, he could be in his own version of Mr. Mom.

Chris Buescher is home again.

The 2015 Xfinity Series champion is back at Roush Fenway Racing for the 2020 Cup season and he’s got the firesuits and cars to prove it.

Brad Keselowski recently became father to a second daughter.

He’s now learning some important life lessons.

Former Front Row Motorsports driver Matt Tifft is now off the market after getting married to his fiance, Jordan. Now they’re on their honeymoon.

 

Matt DiBenedetto showed off one of the perks of being a Wood Brothers Racing employee.

Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace went somewhere warm to start their holiday.

Joey and Caitlin Gase welcome twin sons

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Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase and his wife Caitlin are now parents to twin boys

The babies were born on Wednesday. Their names are Jace and Carson.

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