NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 13 – 188 laps / 500 miles
NASCAR Xfinity Series — Race No. 11 – 113 laps / 300.6 miles
Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) – Talladega, Ala.
Fast Facts for June 20-21, 2020
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
Set limits: Cup: 7 sets for the race; Xfinity: 4 sets for the race
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4886; Right-side — D-4952
Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,236 mm (88.03 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 26 psi; Left Rear – 26 psi; Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi
Storyline – Tire strategy plays abound at Talladega: After several recent races where tire wear was the story, it is tire strategy that will be front and center at Talladega Superspeedway this week. After being repaved in 2010, the track surface at Talladega will wear tires a bit, though it does leave open the possibility for two-tire and no-tire stops. Another thing that may come into play, because it is possible to pit at Talladega and not lose a lap to the race leaders, is for teams outside the top-10 (and not in position to earn stage points) to short-pit and gain track position when the rest of the field pits at the end of a stage.
“We have actually seen some tire wear at Talladega since it was repaved about a decade ago,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Having said that, wear is really not an issue. Teams will have the opportunity to take two tires, or even no tires on occasion, to gain track position and line themselves up with the other teams they are working with in the draft.”
Notes – Second race on this tire set-up for Cup cars at Talladega; both codes new for Xfinity: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup teams ran at this track last October . . . for Xfinity teams, this is the first time they have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . both of these tires feature construction updates, compared to what Xfinity ran at Talladega last April . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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