NASCAR Fans Riled Up at “Trash” Goodyear After Recent Report About the Tire Supplier Emerges

Published 07/09/2022, 5:20 AM EDT

In the first half of the first half of this season, NASCAR races were plagued by tire issues. Not only were the teams still figuring out the Next Gen car, a process that was leading to unreliable, (bad) unpredictable racing, but the tires giving up on the cars randomly during the races weren’t exactly helping their own case either.

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This led to several teams and fans criticizing Goodyear, the official tire supplier of the sport for their products, with many fans even calling for them to be sacked and replaced by another tire manufacturer.

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However, considering the recent report about Goodyear, NASCAR fans will once again lose their heads. In fact, they have. They’re pissed.

Because according to journalist Bob Pockrass, Goodyear will more or less continue as the official tire sponsor of the sport from this year onwards as well.

“Their deal is up after this season and they are talking about renewing. I would think if there was any planned change, a new tire company would already have had to start testing so I wouldn’t anticipate any change,” he tweeted.

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NASCAR crew chiefs had suggested the tire issue is being pushed unfairly

Jerame Donley, the crew chief at Petty GMS Motorsports, was asked earlier in the season whether he was surprised by the frequency of the tire failures before and during the races.

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The crew chief’s response was not only a sober one but also one that more or less put things into perspective.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

“I think everybody is pushing the issue there,” Donley said. “Every week you’re looking at wheel loads, cambers, pressures, tires. It doesn’t surprise me that people are continuing to push the issue there because of its grip and its speed.”

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“It’s nothing new from what we’ve done in years past, it’s just this car with the independent rear suspension, it definitely highlights that left-rear sensitivity more than it ever has.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

Edited By: Ankit Sharma

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