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NASCAR: more tire problems at Daytona

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 06:12 PM
aahhhhhh....what can compare to the feeling of driving into a turn at 190mph and wondering if your tire is gonna come apart?

More tire troubles plague Daytona practice

By JENNA FRYER, AP Motorsports Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Goodyear officials spent the first day of Daytona 500 practice scrambling to solve the second tire problem of Speed Weeks.

Six drivers had problems with tread separating on their right side tires during practice Wednesday. When similar problems caused the tires to fall apart during practice for an exhibition race last week, Goodyear officials pulled about 300 tires out of their rotation as a precaution.

They pulled several more Wednesday, and Goodyear spokesman Greg Stucker said seven tires were being flown to the company's laboratory in Akron, Ohio, for testing.

``We haven't really determined that there's anything in common causing the particular problems,'' Stucker said.

He added that Goodyear will work closely with each team to ensure cars have the best setup for Thursday's qualifying races.

``I don't know what's going on now,'' car owner Ray Evernham said. ``There's a problem right now. But one thing we usually see here at Daytona is problems crop up early and then they go away as the week goes on. They are usually forgotten by race day.''

Joe Nemechek's tire blistered and pulled apart last weekend, then again Wednesday. Also experiencing problems in Wednesday's practice sessions were Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Hermie Sadler and Kenny Wallace.

``We have to be real smart and do our homework,'' said Ryan Pemberton, Nemechek's crew chief. ``I've talked to Goodyear and they're crunching the information

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