NASCAR Nextel Cup Series - Race No. 5 - Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 NASCAR Busch Series - Race No. 4 - Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile oval) - Darlington, S.C. Fast Facts for March 19-21, 2004 Tire: Goodyear Eagle...
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series - Race No. 5 - Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
NASCAR Busch Series - Race No. 4 - Diamond Hill Plywood 200
Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile oval) - Darlington, S.C.
Fast Facts for March 19-21, 2004
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires Required: Nextel Cup: Left - 2,500, Right - 2,500; Busch Series: Left - 600, Right - 600
Tire Codes: Left - D-6822; Right - D-6824
Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front - 26 psi; Left Rear - 26 psi; Right Front - 40 psi; Right Rear - 38 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front - 20 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi; Right Front - 36 psi; Right Rear - 33 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 62-66 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the first time this specific combination of left- and right-side tires will be used in at Darlington . . . the previous tire recommendation had been run at the track since March 2001 . . . both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will compete on the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the second time this season Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams have run on this combination, the first being at Rockingham several weeks ago . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Darlington provides the first opportunity for teams to run a tire set-up they have already competed on this year. This is the same combination we brought to Rockingham a few weeks back, so teams should have a pretty good idea what to expect. As far as tires are concerned - as always at a Darlington or a Rockingham - the roughness of the track surface will wear the tires very quickly. Again, since the surface is the same as in the past, and the tire is the same as we ran last month at Rockingham, there should be no surprises this weekend."