NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 5 – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
NASCAR Xfinity Series — Race No. 5 – Atlanta 250
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series — Race No. 3 – Georgia 200
Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval) – Hampton, Ga.
Fast Facts for March 13-15, 2020
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 13 sets for the race (12 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice);
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event;
Truck: 6 sets for the event
Left-side — D-4956;
Right-side — D-4958
Left-side — 2,224 mm (87.56 in.);
Right-side — 2,250 mm (88.58 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 18 psi; Left Rear — 18 psi;
Right Front — 48 psi; Right Rear — 44 psi
Storyline – Tires are a critical part of the equation at Atlanta: The track surface at Atlanta Motor Speedway is perhaps the most worn — and the hardest on tires — on the entire NASCAR Cup Series schedule. It is also the track most likely to have teams pit short of their fuel window in order to take fresh tires. The other side of that statement is that Atlanta produces great racing with tire management being a critical part of the race day equation, as some drivers race hard early in a run and cut through the field while others "conserve" their tires for later in a run when they can get those spots back and sometimes more. One thing is for sure – teams will pit for four tires at every opportunity. With 13 sets of Goodyear Eagles for race day (12 race sets plus another set transferred from qualifying or practice), Cup pit crews will be busy all day and play a big part in the outcome of the race. One other note – Atlanta is a track where Goodyear runs its multi-zone tread right-side tire and is where this technology debuted in NASCAR in 2013.
"Tires are always something teams and fans think about when NASCAR makes its annual stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. "With the abrasive track surface, tires are an important part of the race. Tire management often comes into play as those drivers that are easier on their tires early in a run will profit from that later on. Teams will opt for four tires on every stop, even after just a handful of laps if the opportunity presents itself. That also draws in the team aspect of our sport as the pit crews will be very busy with 13 sets of tires for the race."
Notes – New tire set-up for all NASCAR teams at Atlanta: Teams in all three NASCAR Series will run the same tire set-up at Atlanta this week . . . this is the first time these teams have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Atlanta last year, for Cup and Xfinity teams, both this left-side and right-side tire feature construction updates to align with what is run at other speedways . . . for Truck teams, this tire set-up features the same construction updates, but also a compound change on the left-side tire (more grip) compared to what they ran at Atlanta in 2019 . . . this right-side tire is a multi-zone tread tire, with a two-inch inboard compound designed for heat resistance (Endurance Zone) and a 10-inch outboard compound to give more grip (Traction Zone) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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