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Because of the dirt track configuration for this weekend’s race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, teams will be running two new Goodyear tire codes this weekend.
While the tires feature the same block-style tread pattern that the Trucks ran at Eldora Speedway as recently as 2019, both the left-side and right-side tire feature construction changes compared to those tire codes.
Bias ply tire for Cup Series dirt race at Bristol
“Bias ply tires are much more compliant than radials because they don’t have a belt package under the tread, making it more able to conform to an uneven dirt surface,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.
“The other obvious difference between these tires and the ones teams run on Bristol’s concrete surface is the presence of a tread pattern. All of our tires have a tread, but the concrete and asphalt tires do not have a tread pattern.
“These dirt tires have a block-shaped pattern, both to bite into the dirt and evacuate it so the cars have grip.
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