Daytona Beach, Fla - Rather sleeping in for tomorrow's Daytona 500, Stewart-Haas Racing will endure a sleepless night.
Saturday's "Happy Hour" practice crash between Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart wrecked both teammates' cars and forced them to the rear of the 500 field in back-ups.
A right rear tire blew on Newman's U.S. Army Chevrolet causing him to spin into the oncoming path of Stewart.
Stewart quickly blasted tire supplier Goodyear adding another chapter to the already contentious relationship between the fiery driver and manufacturer.
"We have looked at the remains of the tire," said Goodyear's racing manager Stu Grant. "We know it had 12 laps [of use in the practice session]. The tire had no evidence of high wear, no evidence of any kind of blistering or any kind of abuse. The evidence indicates a classic case of a clear puncture on the right rear."
Stewart's comments were similar to his pointed remarks after last spring's Atlanta race when he blamed Goodyear for bringing a bad tire compound to the race weekend.
"Tony is a passionate racecar driver and extremely frustrated right now with the condition of his race cars," Grant said. "It's unfortunate circumstances, but his frustrations are why we're hearing those comments."<!--EndFragment-->