New Goodyear tires had no effect in Richmond as teams stayed away from them during the final shootout
For the Nascar All-Star race Goodyear tires were thrust upon the teams but none would use them when it mattered during the final battle for the lead
For all of the hard-core fans, yesterday was the Monster Energy Nascar All-Star Race. At Richmond was when Goodyear thought to introduce a new type of tire to Nascar. The new tire was a collaboration between Goodyear tire and the Nascar competition department. What came of this meeting was that Nascar suggested a softer tire option for 2017 and Richmond was the ginny pig to try them out. The Promise from the new tires was a .3 to .5 quicker lap time but what we saw was a tire that couldn’t hold up in traffic.
What we saw at Richmond was that no team used them when the race started to matter. They expressed that the tires made them much slower when it counted on the Mile and a half track, and it made the race pretty boring.
“There’s no doubt that mile-and-a-half racing puts on a certain type of show,” Johnson said. “There are some who would argue ‘line us up at Bristol for an All-Star Race and we’ll have the wildest night of racing you’ve ever had in your life,’ or Richmond or something like that.”
People will tune in for a fun race not one with two green-flag passes for the lead. I’m one of the few lifers, so I’ll watch no matter what but I can see for a casual fan it would be boring. Tell you the truth I will tune in just to root against the Busch brothers.
But I wouldn’t tell you anything that Nascar fans don’t already know that Goodyear is terrible. They consistently make tires that explode or like now force a tire on drivers that they don’t want to use. It’s time that they opened up to using other tires or at least have a competition where teams can pick and choose.