Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 28 – Federated Auto Parts 400
NASCAR Xfinity Series — Race No. 27 – Go Bowling 250
Richmond Raceway (0.75-mile oval) – Richmond, Va.
Fast Facts for September 21-22, 2018
Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race (+ 1 “scuffed” set transferred from qualifying or practice);
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
Left-side — D-4674; Right-side — D-4676
Left-side — 2,215 mm (87.20 in.);
Right-side — 2,242 mm (88.27 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 12 psi; Left Rear — 12 psi;
Right Front — 30 psi; Right Rear — 27 psi
Storyline – High wear and high drama for Richmond’s first playoff race: Richmond Raceway has evolved into a high tire wear race track over the past several years. Because of that, Goodyear puts a premium on bringing tire compounds that rubber-in the race track, creating multiple racing lines as drivers search for more grip. Another factor with the tire set-up at Richmond is that it has more stagger built into it than similar tracks in New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway. More stagger – the difference in height between the shorter left-side tires and the taller right-side tires – helps the cars turn and adds to Richmond’s racy reputation.
“We bring tread compounds that put an emphasis on rubbering-in the race track at Richmond with its high wear surface,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.
“We have run this same tire set-up since the spring race of 2016 and we’ve seen some good racing as drivers move up the track, laying rubber from the bottom out to the wall as they go. The multiple grooves lead to a lot of side-by-side racing, which fans have come to expect at Richmond.”
Notes – NASCAR teams return for sixth straight Richmond race on this tire set-up: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Richmond this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams have run at Richmond since April 2016. . . this is the only track at which teams in these two series will run these either of these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.
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