GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 7 – 400 laps / 300 miles
Richmond Raceway (0.75-mile oval) – Richmond, Va.
Fast Facts for April 1-2, 2023
Goodyear Eagle 18-inch Speedway Radials
Cup – 1 set for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race
(8 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying)
Left-side — D-5124; Right-side — D-5126
Left-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.); Right-side — 2,276 mm (89.61 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 12 psi; Left Rear — 12 psi;
Right Front — 30 psi; Right Rear — 26 psi
Storyline – Cup teams know what to expect on high-wear Richmond:
Tire wear will be a factor and tire management will be a priority for NASCAR Cup drivers at Richmond Raceway this weekend. Richmond has become one of the highest wear tracks on the NASCAR circuit, so four-tire stops will be the norm this Sunday. Pit crews will be busy with nine sets of tires for the 400 lap (300-mile) race. The one advantage Cup teams have is a deep notebook on this particular tire set-up, with this weekend’s race being the eighth on this combination of left- and right-side tires since the series went to the Next Gen car at the beginning of last season. Cup teams ran this tire set-up twice on this track in 2022, and got a refresher course at Phoenix three weeks ago.
“Cup teams can expect some fall-off on the high-wear track surface at Richmond this weekend,” said Greg Stucker. “Tire wear means several things for this race. First, when the tires wear, it help lay rubber on the track surface which, in turn, means that drivers will adjust their lines looking for fresh asphalt and more grip. Second, on high wear tracks, teams will take almost every opportunity to take four tires, thus making the pit crews a vital part of the race in keeping or gaining track position. This is a well-established tire set-up, so teams will know what to expect.”
Notes – Cup cars return to Richmond on popular tire set-up:
Being on the 18-inch bead diameter tire, NASCAR Cup teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Xfinity Series at Richmond this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Cup teams ran at Richmond twice last season . . . they also ran this tire set-up at Phoenix three weeks ago, as well as at Phoenix, New Hampshire and Gateway last season . . . with this 18-inch tire, and its lower profile sidewall, NASCAR Cup cars will not run inner liners in any of their tires in 2023.
Wet Weather Tires – Goodyear to bring wet weather tires to short track Richmond:
Goodyear will bring its 18-inch wet weather radial tires to Richmond for the NASCAR Cup cars, should NASCAR determine that conditions warrant . . . Goodyear tested its 18-inch bead diameter wet weather tire at Martinsville in June 2022, in order to determine the feasibility of running in wet conditions on ovals . . . Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric and Tyler Reddick participated in that Martinsville test . . . NASCAR Cup teams last ran a wet weather tire in competition at Watkins Glen last August . . . in addition to the obvious difference of a tread pattern versus Goodyear’s dry weather “slick” tires, the “Goodyear” and “Eagle” lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard yellow.