Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Pre-Race Thread

wi_racefan

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I'd be pretty surprised if this isn't another Toyota dominated race

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Crucial race for Toyota....almost a must win/top 5 for MY guys.....Dega is a crapshoot, and those road courses. Let's go!
 

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NASCAR returns to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this week!

As a reminder, Fort Worth is a metropolitan anchor with its own skyline:

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Since the next race at Texas Motor Speedway will be a full year after this one (no spring race next year!), I'll post the Fort Worth skyline again so you're less likely to forget what it looks like before then!

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This could be a photo of Detroit or Phoenix and I'd be none the wiser. I'm pretty sure it's not Columbia, SC.

It's the track that counts. There's no skyline at Bristol, Martinsville, Darlington, Watkins Glen, etc.
 

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Some former winners at Texas Motor Speedway
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*taps foot, struggling to find something nice to say about this track*
I think it was last week on the DJD they said there's rumors of another reconfiguration in the future. I guess why not? It's not like you can screw it up

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Can’t have Texas, without Texas Terry Labonte. I’m curious for this race to see how the car races at this track for 400 miles and how it holds up. I’ll reserve my “oh god it’s Texas, I’m not entertained!” take until the checkers fall on Sunday. It’s the “in” thing to do to pile on this place.... from the lack of passing, to the banking to the condos...every fan seems to have a gripe with TMS. I just want to see what happens here first with the new car.
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NASCAR returns to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this week!

As a reminder, Fort Worth is a metropolitan anchor with its own skyline:

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Since the next race at Texas Motor Speedway will be a full year after this one (no spring race next year!), I'll post the Fort Worth skyline again so you're less likely to forget what it looks like before then!

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Such a cute little skyline ya got there! :)
 

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Goodyear Tire Notes – Texas​

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 AT 10:01 AM

NASCAR Cup Series – Race No. 30 – 334 laps / 501 milesTexas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) – Fort Worth, Tex.

Fast Facts for September 24-25, 2022 Tire: Goodyear 18-inch Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: 1set for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race (8 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying)

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-5186; Right-side — D-5190

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,263 mm (89.09 in.); Right-side — 2,279 mm (89.72 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 20 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi; Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 46 psi

Storyline – Risk vs. reward at Texas: Compared to the previous generation NASCAR Cup Series car, the amount of load on this Next Gen has shifted toward the rear end. The combination of camber and shock settings, along with running the proper air pressure is vital to the life of the tires. Running below Goodyear’s recommended pressure causes the sidewall of the tire to over-deflect, causing damage early in a run that may result in air loss later in a run. Through testing and evaluating early season race performances, Goodyear has updated the construction of its tires mid-way through this season, with a new tire set-up for Texas Motor Speedway vs. what was run on All-Star weekend at the track in May. Still, the rear tires will be in focus again, as teams look to gain grip and speed in Race No, 1 of the Round of 12 of the playoffs.

“It has been widely documented that the balance of the Next Gen car has shifted towards the rear,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “On a weekly basis, optimizing tire performance is a key element in having a successful weekend. Air pressure, suspension geometry and shock settings work in unison to get the most out of the tire package. Being aggressive in any one of those areas is certainly a recipe for short term speed, but the risk vs. reward of those choices can often come back and bite you. We work very closely with teams throughout the week and at the track, providing as much data as we can to help them make the right tire choices. We understand that teams are in a constant search for speed, but finding the edge of that envelope is key to finishing races.”

Notes – Cup teams on Kansas-2 tire set-up at Texas: Having moved to an 18-inch bead diameter tire for 2022, NASCAR Cup teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Xfinity Series at Texas this weekend . . . this is a different combination of left- and right-side tires than Cup teams ran at the All-Star race at Texas in May . . . compared to that All-Star weekend, there are construction updates to both the left- and right-side tires . . . Cup teams ran this same tire set-up at Kansas two weeks ago, and they will run it again at Las Vegas next month . . . this right-side tire code debuted at Pocono in July . . . with this 18-inch tire, and its lower profile sidewall, NASCAR Cup cars will not run inner liners in any of their tires in 2022.
 

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Man, I like this place.

I can't believe we have NO played winners these playoffs.

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Nascar will apply resin (not the PJ1 used previously) to encourage a 2nd groove at Texas Motor Speedway.

Cue the complaints that track prep is a gimmick, except what bulldozers do... that's OK because bulldozers are righteous. Personally, I'd prefer progressive banking but that train has left the station... :dual9mm:

 

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Sigh.

I can't believe this is being plastered over social media and is incorrect.

Carl Edwards won here in fall of 2005. He swept 2008, and then won the fall in 2016.

Now, math may not be my strong suit...but I'm pretty sure that's 4 wins...

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Charlie Spencer

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Sigh.

I can't believe this is being plastered over social media and is incorrect.

Carl Edwards won here in fall of 2005. He swept 2008, and then won the fall in 2016.

Now, math may not be my strong suit...but I'm pretty sure that's 4 wins...

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Texas math.
 
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