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New Tire Compound for Dover Race With More Goodyear Tests Planned

New Goodyear tires will be used for the NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series races at Dover International Speedway this weekend (Sept. 30).  All four tires will be a different compound from the last race at Dover in June as Goodyear reacts to NASCAR’s new low-downforce aero package.

NBC Sports reported that the tires were borne out of a Goodyear tire test at Dover on July 25 conducted by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Landon Cassill and Chris Buescher.

The left-side will change to enhance grip, while the right-side tire will be more durable to cope with the loads of Dover’s high degree banking. The right-side tire will also rubber-in the Dover concrete surface to a more adequate level.

Cup teams will receive four practice sets, one qualifying set and eight race sets, while XFINITY teams will get six sets for the whole weekend.

Left-side tires have a minimum recommended pressure of 19 psi and the rights at 45 psi.

In addition, a single-day Goodyear tire test was held on Tuesday at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Participating for Furniture Row Racing were No. 77 driver Erik Jones and Ty Dillon in a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.  This test was designed to test new tire compounds for next years’ races at the high-banked half-mile.

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