Goodyear explains early unusual tire wear at Sonoma

Tire issues affecting at least four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams during Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350 were the result of the soft compound and harsh race conditions, according to Goodyear. The teams of McMurray, Truex Jr., Gordon and Johnson saw unusual tire wear after early pit stops in the 110-lap race. According to a Goodyear spokesperson, the tire being used for Sunday's race was on the softest end of the range of compounds. Compared to what was used previously at Sonoma, this tire featured increased thickness for improved wear, however some tires were showing signs of tearing. Individual set-ups by the teams were not considered factors in the unusual wear.

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