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Goodyear tire info for Martinsville Speedway

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NASCAR Cup and Truck teams continue their respective playoffs this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The Cup Series begins its Round of 8, while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series will contest its middle race of the Round of 6.

Cup and Truck teams will run the same tire setup at Martinsville, the same tires both series have run at the .526-mile bullring since 2017.

It’s getting later in the fall and we are likely to have cloudy conditions and temperatures in the 60-degree range at Martinsville this week, so track temps will be low, making it more difficult for the track to take rubber,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Because of the time of year we run at Martinsville, we’ve worked hard over the past several years to come up with a tread compound that will lay rubber in the concrete corners, even in cool temperatures.

Generally, Martinsville has produced some of the best racing on the circuit and that only seems to have been enhanced by the track consistently taking rubber and having multiple racing lines. We continue to work on keeping up with Martinsville and making adjustments where needed, holding a test there this past summer and looking ahead to 2020 when we will have a full fledged night race at the track.”

According to wunderground.com, the forecast calls for a temperature of 58 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain at the scheduled 1:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday’s Truck race, and a temperature of 66 degrees with a 19 percent chance of green flag at the 3 p.m. ET scheduled start time for Sunday’s Cup race.

Here is the tire information for this weekend’s races at Martinsville:

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

Set limits: Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 9 sets for race (8 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice); Truck: 5 sets for the event.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4588; Right-side – D-4722

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,221 mm (87.44 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 10 psi; Left Rear — 10 psi; Right Front — 23 psi; Right Rear — 22 psi

As on most NASCAR ovals 1 mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

Goodyear tire info for Roval weekend at Charlotte

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The final road course race of the season for both the Cup and Xfinity Series takes place this weekend on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval.

When it comes to Goodyear tires, both Cup and Xfinity teams will race on the same traditional road course rubber, but air pressure recommendations will be different than in tires used at Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway.

According to a Goodyear media release, the reason is: “Those two courses are run primarily in a clockwise direction, with a majority of right-hand turns. The Roval is run counter-clockwise – including utilizing the majority of the speedway’s oval – making it primarily a left-hand course. The air pressures reflect that difference, with the right-front tire having a recommendation of two psi greater than the left-front (28 psi vs. 26 psi), because that is the corner of the car that sees the most load most of the time around the 2.28-mile course.”

Added Goodyear director of racing Greg Stucker, While the course has gone through several changes since it was first laid out in late 2017, the fact remains that we treat the Roval as a road course from a tire perspective. The Roval is definitely unique in the NASCAR world, and requires us to be aware of many factors.

Similar to other road courses, we have to bring a tire and recommend air pressures that reflect the hard braking and acceleration on and off the corners. The main difference is the use of the oval as part of the course, where loads on the right-front will be higher than any other corner of the car.”

Teams will also have wet weather tires at their disposal should conditions warrant. Cup teams are allowed two sets of “wets” for practice and qualifying and up to four sets for the race, while Xfinity teams are allowed two sets of “wets” for practice and qualifying and up to two sets for the race.

The ‘Goodyear’ and Eagle lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard Goodyear yellow.

Here is the information for this weekend’s tires at Charlotte’s Roval:

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, one set for qualifying and eight sets for the race (seven race sets plus one set transferred from qualifying or practice); Xfinity: Six sets for the event

Tire Codes (same on all four tire positions): D-4940

Tire Circumference: 2,240 mm (88.19 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 26 psi; Right Front — 28 psi; Left Rear — 20 psi; Right Rear — 20 psi

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Goodyear tire info for Richmond race weekend

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If Goodyear tires at Richmond Raceway look familiar this weekend, there’s a good reason.

Teams competing in Friday’s Xfinity and Saturday’s Cup races will have the same Goodyear tire compounds as they raced upon in the spring at the 3/4-mile bullring in April.

Richmond is simply one of the more high-wear tracks on the NASCAR circuit,” Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, said in a media release. “What we’ve seen this year with this higher downforce package, with the cars more ‘in the track’ and with less lateral slip, wear is down a bit compared to 2018.

Saying that, tires are still very important at Richmond. The tread compounds we bring do a good job rubbering in the track, creating multiple racing grooves throughout the race.”

As a result, tire management is a significant element for this weekend’s races, “meaning a good amount of passing throughout the field as a run progresses,” according to the Goodyear media release. “Richmond has traditionally lined up with a couple other tracks of similar length – New Hampshire and Phoenix – but its ‘racy’ configuration requires more stagger (difference in height between the shorter left-side tire and the taller right-side tire) be built into the tire set-up.”

NOTES: This is the only track at which Cup or Xfinity teams will run either of these two Goodyear tire codes. … As on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.

Here is the information for this weekend’s tires at Richmond:

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, one set for qualifying and 10 sets for the race (nine race sets plus one set transferred from qualifying or practice); Xfinity: Six sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4874; Right-side — D-4876

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,214 mm (87.17 in.); Right-side — 2,244 mm (88.35 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 12 psi; Left Rear – 12 psi; Right Front — 30 psi; Right Rear — 27 psi

Goodyear tire info for Michigan, Mid-Ohio

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NASCAR Cup and Gander Outdoors Truck Series teams will utilize the same Goodyear Racing tires this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, while the Xfinity Series will have a new set of tires for its road course event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Here’s the tire info for both tracks:

CUP/TRUCKS – Michigan

There are several tracks on the NASCAR circuit that present a similar challenge – a relatively smooth track surface that does not wear tires.

Goodyear has aligned several of these tracks – Texas, Kentucky and Michigan – with its tire set-up. At these tracks, Goodyear  formulates its tread compounds to aid in the wearing process.

Consolidating to this same tire combination at all three of these tracks also gives teams the advantage of working from an established notebook.

“We have several tracks that we go to that have been resurfaced over the past handful of years, and the challenge that we face at Michigan and those others is that tires don’t wear much,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “With the goal of introducing more tire wear on these ‘smoother’ surfaces, we held a test at Texas last summer.

“We came out of that with some tread compounds that accomplish that and have brought this week’s tire set-up to Texas, Kentucky and Michigan this season.

“Tire wear is a good thing in racing because when a tire sheds rubber it dissipates heat and runs cooler and at a more optimum grip level. The other benefit to the teams when we run the same tire combination at multiple tracks is that they can work from notes they have built up over the course of those other races and understand how it works on these similar tracks.”

Tire info: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limit: Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race; (7 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice); Truck: 4 sets for the event.

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4798; Right-side — D-4796.

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.).

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear – 22 psi; Right Front — 54 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi.

NOTES: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup teams ran at Michigan in June. For the Trucks, compared to what was run at Michigan last season, this right-side tire moves from a multi-zone tread to a single-zone, while this left-side tire features both a construction update and compound change to introduce more wear. Teams in both series also ran this same tire set-up at Texas and Kentucky earlier this season. … As on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan. … Air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

XFINITY SERIES — Mid-Ohio

Tire info: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

Set limits: 6 sets for the event.

Tire Code: D-4920 (same on all four tire positions).

Tire Circumference: 88.66 in. (2,252 mm).

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 22 psi; Right Front — 20 psi; Left Rear — 17 psi; Right Rear — 17 psi.

NOTES: New tire debuts for Xfinity teams at Mid-Ohio. Cars will run the same tire code on all four corners of the car, the first time Xfinity teams have run this tire code. … Compared to last year’s race at Mid-Ohio, this tire features the same tread compound with a construction update. … Xfinity teams are also scheduled to run this tire code again at Road America in two weeks. … As on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Mid-Ohio.

Wet Weather Tires: White-lettered tires on hand: Goodyear will bring its wet weather radials for use at Mid-Ohio, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant such. Teams are allowed up to four sets of “wets” for the event. The last time a “wet” tire was run by Xfinity teams was at Watkins Glen in 2018; they were also run at Mid-Ohio as recently as 2016. … One change from Goodyear’s dry weather “slick” tires: the “Goodyear” and “Eagle” lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard yellow.

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Goodyear tires notes for Homestead-Miami Speedway

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All three NASCAR national series will run the same Goodyear tire setup this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The final weekend of the season will see all three series crown champions. Goodyear will bring a tire that has not raced at Homestead previously, however, it was run at both Texas Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway this year.

The tire setup came after a Goodyear test at Homestead in December of 2015. Drivers who participated in the test were Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, and Martin Truex Jr.

TRUCK, XFINITY, AND CUP TIRE INFO:

Set limits: Sprint Cup – five sets for practice and qualifying, 12 sets for the race; Xfinity – eight sets for the event; Camping World Truck Series – six sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4684; Right-side — D-4686

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.24 in. (2,216 mm); Right-side — 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 19 psi; Left Rear — 19 psi; Right Front — 49 psi; Right Rear — 45 psi

Similar to what was run at Homestead last year, this right-side tire code (D-4686) employs Goodyear’s multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire — the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse.

Different from Homestead 2015, this right-side tire features a construction change and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches to give the cars and trucks more grip. Compared to Homestead last year, this left-side tire code (D-4684) features an updated construction and mold shape, as well as a compound change for more grip.

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

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