Goodyear tire info for Watkins Glen, Eldora

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will be competing on new tires this weekend as they race on different track surfaces.

Cup and Xfinity Series teams will be road-course racing at Watkins Glen International, and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series holds its annual race on the dirt of Eldora Speedway.

Here’s the tire info for both tracks.

Cup and Xfinity – Watkins Glen

Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tires at Watkins Glen. This is a brand new tire, featuring the same tread compounds as 2018 with just a construction update.

Watkins Glen International is a faster and less technical road course than the Cup Series’ earlier stop at Sonoma Raceway. WGI’s 2016 repave only added to that. Because of the sustained speed
 on the course, WGI requires a different tire
 set-up, and one that utilizes a more heat-resistant tread compound.

While the compound run at Sonoma is more tractive by comparison, the one run at WGI is still among the top-third in that area in Goodyear’s 2019 tire lineup.

Tire info

Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, one set for qualifying and five sets for the race (four race sets plus one set transferred from qualifying or practice)

Xfinity: Six sets for the event

Tire Code: D-4926 (same on all four tire positions)

Tire Circumference: 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 26 psi; Right Front — 24 psi; Left Rear — 21 psi; Right Rear — 21 psi

 

Truck Series – Eldora

This is a new tire set-up for Truck Series teams at Eldora. Compared to the 2018 Eldora race, both this left-side and right-side tire feature a tread compound change to introduce more wear.

There are three main differences between this tire set-up and the one that Truck teams normally run on asphalt ovals. 1) these are bias ply tires, not radials, and are more compliant and able to envelope the irregularities of the dirt surface. 2) these tires have a block-style tread pattern with leading edges on the blocks to bite into the dirt surface and grooves to help evacuate the dirt, not a “slick” or smooth tread. 3) This left-side tire is significantly shorter to create more stagger between the left- and right-side tires.

Tire info

Teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Eldora.

Set limits: Four sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-3024; Right-side — D-3026

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 85.79 in. (2,179 mm); Right-side — 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 18 psi; Left Rear – 18 psi; Right Front — 22 psi; Right Rear — 22 psi

Saturday NASCAR schedule at Talladega Superspeedway

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Both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Cup cars will start the day’s action by qualifying for Sunday’s playoff race, followed by the Truck playoff race and then the Xfinity playoff race.

Talladega Superspeedway (Cup, Xfinity and Truck)

Weekend weather

Saturday: Sunny. High of 78.

Saturday, Oct. 1

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 9:30 a.m. — Truck Series
  • 1 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon — Cup Series qualifying (NBC Sports app, Motor Racing Network, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Truck Series race (94 laps, 250 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 4 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (113 laps, 300 miles; USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega Xfinity starting lineup: Austin Hill wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Austin Hill will lead the field to the green flag Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway after scoring his first career Xfinity Series pole.

Hill won the pole Friday with a lap of 182.036 mph. He will be joined on the front row by fellow playoff contender Ty Gibbs (181.981 mph).

MORE: Talladega Xfinity starting lineup

Playoff drivers will start in seven of the top eight spots. The exception is Sheldon Creed, who will start third after a lap of 181.870 mph. Hill and Creed give Richard Childress Racing the first and third starting spots.

Justin Allgaier (181.529) qualified fourth and Brandon Jones (181.305) completed the top five. Noah Gragson, who has won four races in a row, starts sixth after a lap of 181.134 mph and is followed by playoff drivers Josh Berry (181.052) and AJ Allmendinger (180.932).

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network.

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek will start on the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.

Nemechek earned the pole with a lap of 178.767 mph.

Nemechek is one of four playoff drivers starting in the top six: Chandler Smith (second, 177.732 mph), Zane Smith (fourth, 177.061) and Ty Majeski (sixth, 176.744). Majeski clinched a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix with his Bristol win.

MORE: Talladega Truck starting lineup

Also qualifying in the top five were Carson Hocevar (177.068) in third and Matt Crafton (176.960) in fifth.

Failing to qualify are Tim Viens, Spencer Boyd, Jason White and Natalie Decker.

Saturday Talladega Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

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The second race of the opening round of the Xfinity playoffs takes drivers to Talladega Superspeedway.

Noah Gragson secured his spot in the next round by winning last weekend at Texas. Ryan Sieg holds the final transfer spot. Riley Herbst is the first driver below the cutline, one point behind Sieg. Also below the cutline are reigning series champion Daniel Hemric (-8 points), Brandon Jones (-12) and Jeremy Clements (-28).

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:09 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:21 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 1 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given at 4 p.m. … The Brookwood High School choir will perform the anthem at 4:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 113 laps (300.58 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 4 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 78 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Noah Gragson won and was followed by Jeffrey Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger.