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Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

Posted on: March 10, 2008 9:18 am
Edited on: March 11, 2008 10:07 am
 

(Hampton, GA) - After the tire that Goodyear brought to Atlanta Motor Speedway made for a boring race too watch and drew the ire of some drivers only Tony Stewart is getting criticized. Jimmy Spencer said Tony had it wrong but then seemed to change his stance when he heard a Dale Earnhardt Jr. interview that said pretty much the same thing.

I challenge the arguement that some say (Dave DeSpain for one)  there were no tires imploding  so it made for a safer race. While agree they can't have tires imploding like there was at Las Vegas, the reason it was safer was drivers were afraid to "get after it" so to speak, in fear of wrecking because they couldn't get through the turns. He also said he doesn't see NASCAR changing. Of course they won't change since The Ringmaster (Brian France) and Goodyear are joined at the hip!

Tony Stewart had the guts to say what most drivers felt, so he's a whinner? Let see how many people do a Jimmy Spencer when they find out Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the same thing. What's wrong with bringing back Hoosier & Firestone? Isn't it the Amercan Way to have a choice and free enterprise? What are you thoughts on the issue?...bluejay

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Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2008 11:06 am
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

I had forgotten I made this blog way back in March. Thought I would revisit it since the Indianapolis debacle! Apparently Tony Stewart wasn't too far off. I'm not putting the lions share of the blame on Goodyear, though as NASCAR tells them what tire to prepare for each track. NASCAR more or less put a gag order on the drivers a while back telling them to shut up and drive the car, although the Ringmaster will NEVER admit it...bluejay



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2008 4:29 pm
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

David Caraviello: Drivers are right to complain about anything that bothers them or makes them feel unsafe. Tony has as much a right to hammer Goodyear as does to criticize Las Vegas for not having a SAFER barrier on the backstretch.I found this on NASCAR.com. I wish I would have thought of this analogy...bluejay



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2008 10:30 am
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

Isn't it amazing that on Sunday, everyone was backing Tony 100% now all of a sudden the 3 drivers at the Darlington Test said that Tony went Overboard!  What happened did NASCAR have a stern talking to these drivers prior to them going on the Track?  Or did Goodyear threatened to take their tires and go home before the test if they didn't back off of their Sunday Statements and say Tony went too far?  When you end up with only 12 cars on the lead lap and over half the field at least 2 laps down, your race is not going to be very entertaining.  Something needs to be done and quick or there are going to be some drivers get hurt, especially those viaing for the top 35 and the chase, they will push it just a little too much and then they will be hitting the wall, getting hurt and NASCAR will wonder why their venues quit selling out. 

It's time for Goodyear to admit the tires did not perform as far as traction they way they thought they would and move on to come up with a better tire.




Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2008 10:07 am
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

Iggy - I saw that as well. I get a kick out of the drivers that say Tony went overboard. He might have BUT having followed NASCAR since the mid 70's that's usually the only way they'll do anything...bluejay



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2008 9:32 am
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

And now, Dale Jarrett weighs in!

Jarrett backs Stewart's tire complaints




Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2008 7:32 am
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

Goodyear to use same tire compound at Texas as last year: Texas Motor Speedway officials were informed by Goodyear that the tire manufacturer will utilize the same tire compound that produced dramatic racing in both Sprint Cup Series races last season for the upcoming Samsung 500 on April 6. Following several driver complaints at Sunday’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the new Sprint Cup car (formerly the Car of Tomorrow) competed for the first time, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage reached out to Goodyear because that Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track is nearly identical to TMS. Both are 1.5-mile ovals with 24-degree banking in the corners, among the fastest tracks on the circuit and play host to the new car for the first time in competition. “I called Goodyear and they told us they never planned to use the same tire they used in Atlanta for our upcoming race,” Gossage said. “The tire they will use for the Samsung 500 will be effectively the same tire they used in Texas last year, and those two races resulted in a last-lap pass in April and a side-by-side duel for the lead down to the finish in November. Both the left-side and right-side tires will effectively use the same compound as in 2007, but with a slightly different construction for the new car. The engineers feel quite good about their plans.” Once again as Gossage did last week with NASCAR, he will make Texas Motor Speedway available to Goodyear should they be interested in additional testing prior to the Samsung 500. Sprint Cup drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Clint Bowyer participated in a two-day Goodyear test Jan. 15-16 at TMS.Here is another story, I got it from Jayski. Now I'm a little confused. I remember reading that NASCAR tells Goodyear what they want and Goodyear in turn devlopes it. After reading this it leads a person to believe that Goodyear is making the calls on their own...bluejay



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2008 3:04 pm
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

I'm not a big fan of Tony but I'm glad he spoke up. I'm so tired of tires blowing and other tire issues like at ATL. NASCAR for sure needs to get a little more competitive with the manufacturers to come with a better product.



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2008 1:51 pm
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

Again I'm putting the entire blame on Goodyear at this time but something needs to be done.

This should say I'm NOT putting the entire blame on Goodyear. Sorry I thought I proof read it before I hit submit.

Iggy - Thanks for the links as well...bluejay




Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2008 11:49 am
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

Here are links to a couple of stories in The Indianapolis Star about Tony's comments and Goodyear. The first one was in The Star on the day of the race!

Stewart criticizes Goodyear's race tires

This one is from the day after the race:

Goodyear hears more complaints about its tires

More fuel for the fire!

Iggy

 




Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2008 10:14 am
 

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

Thanks lggy, I try to post facts and stay objective but it's hard sometimes.

I just saw a clip on Sportcenter and basically the same comments by Goodyear. Again I'm putting the entire blame on Goodyear at this time but something needs to be done. Marty Smith reported from Darlington that Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon & Greg Biffle are all there and said that Tony Stewart over reacted with his comments but said he wasn't not wrong. I don't believe he over reacted because that's the only way to get NASCAR's attention most of the time...bluejay



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