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Stock Car Scoop: How Can NASCAR’s Tire & Safety Issues Be Addressed?

After more than five hours, Sunday (Sept. 25) afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway finally came to an end with Tyler Reddick crossing under the checkered flag and winning his third race of the year.

Adam Cheek and Beth Lunkenheimer discuss her take on the racing at Texas amidst much criticism, how NASCAR needs to handle the tire and safety issues that arose on Sunday and if penalties should be levied toward William Byron and Ty Gibbs following incidents during the race.

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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I guess the rocket scientists at nascar can’t figure out that low profile tires on heavy cars don’t work. The tires need to have a little give, and low profiles don’t. Look how they are ripped apart. We are not racing lightweight sports cars here, stock cars are heavy. They need to go back to last years tires and (RIMS with 5 lugs). This is really looking really bad.


I think one possibility is that when the tire is loaded in the corners the inner surface of the tread is being pushed against the rim and causing the tire to give out. There is not enough give in the sidewall.

Kevin in SoCal

Last years tires and rims are only 15″ diameter so they won’t fit with the new brake package, and probably not the wheel well shape either.


Many teams refuse to run Goodyears’ recommended minimum tire pressures, leading to blow outs. The teams that did follow Goodyears’ advice didn’t have tire blow outs.

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