Likely, it was a combination of the causes above, as they are interconnected. The right rear tire takes a beating from the new car’s uneven loads. This year’s increased power on the 1.5-mile circuits necessitated a traction compound that would generate more grip and, presumably, more racing grooves.
This was especially true in Texas, where a 2017 reconfiguration altered the width and banking in Turns 1-2 and Turns 3-4. The new 18-inch wheels and tires are a learning process for everyone involved, NASCAR SVP Scott Miller said. “We’re all learning about the setups, the tires,” Miller added.
“It’s a frustrating reality of education. Those who didn’t have any issues admitted to being cautious regarding all the things that are hard on tires. The speed they produce comes at the expense of tyre wear, though.” Team problems are nothing new.
Teams have always had to balance performance with safety in racing in NASCAR, so this trade-off is nothing new. The number of motorists having issues on Sunday shocked observers. Christopher Bell, one of seven, had two flat tyres.
About five seconds of vibration, according to Bell, was all he had left before his tyre blew. Chase Elliott said he was down on his resources. I was already out of shape when things started falling apart,” Elliott remarked. “I was standing at the exit corner. Therefore, it was simply at the wrong location.”
After that, Bell appeared utterly dumbfounded. We are going to be in a really deep hole,” he said. Bell started the round four points over the playoff cutline but is now sitting outside that zone, 29 points below it. After experiencing tyre trouble, Alex Bowman fell from six points under the threshold to thirty points under it.
Also, this is why the tyre problems are crucial. With the number of drivers still in the running for the championship decreasing by four after each round of the NASCAR playoffs, a driver can’t afford to have a bad day in the car.
After Elliott’s collision, he dropped from 31 points ahead of the elimination line to just 4 points. He will have to provide results this coming weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and the following weeknd at the road circuit at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He remarked, “This is hardly an ideal situation.” It is what it is; there is nothing to do about it. Since the elimination playoff system began in 2014, drivers have resigned themselves to the fact that one terrible race can effectively end their season. Everybody understands that anything can occur at any time.
They need to be quick if they want to win races. It has been argued, however, that drivers shouldn’t have to make such a risky decision regarding their tyres because of the potential for severe damage in the event of a blowout and the resulting problems in competition.
Goodyear’s racing director Greg Stucker said, “I can tell without a doubt, air pressure is contributing into it.” “We know the hangouts of a wide variety of guys, some of them are more hostile than others. “That’s a factor, and we know it.
I’m not claiming that’s the only cause, but it is a contributing component, and we are looking into other possibilities.” Stucker claimed that a combination of a rain delay that forced much of the race to be raced under the lights and resin that was applied closer to the wall than in previous races at Texas made for a quick circuit.
No justifications,” Stucker said. We’re simply gathering information to figure out what’s going on. Of course, Tyler Reddick and the victorious squad will feel they were the only ones who could have possibly made the right decision. Team leader Randall Burnett, though, would not be bragging.
For us, it’s a bit of a guessing game, right?” he asked. “It’s safe to assume that you have no idea where the line is. Your goal is to go as close to the boundary as possible without really crossing it when interacting with them.
“It’s tough to get by. Everyone from the engineers to the crew chiefs to the drivers on pit road is under a lot of pressure. Simply said, it’s one of life’s quirks. Tonight, thankfully, everything went smoothly. On more than one occasion this year, we’ve been on the losing end of a mistake that ultimately lost us a victory.”
While no final decisions have been made, authorities at Speedway Motorsports are looking into repaving and reshaping the Texas track. Miller remarked, “the general consensus is that this has been a challenging track to race on for a time.” I’m not aware of any specific plans for it at this time.