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Goodyear explains early unusual tire wear

June 28, 2015, Kenny Bruce,

Goodyear explains early unusual tire wear
McMurray, Truex Jr., Gordon and Johnson affected at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. – Tire issues affecting at least four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams during Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350 were the result of the soft compound and harsh race conditions, according to Goodyear.


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The teams of Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing), Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports) and Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick) saw unusual tire wear after early pit stops in the 110-lap race.
According to a Goodyear spokesperson, the tire being used for Sunday's race was on the softest end of the range of compounds. Compared to what was used previously at Sonoma, this tire featured increased thickness for improved wear, however some tires were showing signs of tearing.
Individual set-ups by the teams were not considered factors in the unusual wear.