USAR: Series tire update 2004-03-29

Hooters ProCup Series Sets New Records in Qualifying BFGoodrich Radial Traction T/A Tires Help Set New Marks in Qualifying LONGS, SC - After months of negotiations, testing and non-stop planning, United Speed Alliance Racing decided...

Hooters ProCup Series Sets New Records in Qualifying
BFGoodrich Radial Traction T/A Tires Help Set New Marks in Qualifying

LONGS, SC - After months of negotiations, testing and non-stop planning, United Speed Alliance Racing decided the time was right to partner with BFGoodrich Tires and bring radial-tire technology to the Hooters ProCup Series. While extensive testing showed positive results last fall, the final test yet to be conducted was actual race-day conditions for the tires. If the first two races of the season are any indication, the grade so far for the new partnership could be described as an A-plus.

During the first two races of the year the new radial tire has given the Series two new track records in qualifying, but most importantly, positive feedback from the 40-plus competitors who have competed on the tire at USA International Speedway and New Smyrna Speedway. The tire helped Clay Rogers break the track record and break the 124 mph mark as he won the Advance Auto Parts Pole position at USA International. Shane Huffman also set a new mark at New Smyrna and was able to collect his 10th career win at the track and said the radial tire has been great to race with so far in 2004.

"I think it is a great product they [BFGoodrich Tires] have supplied us with this tire," said Huffman. "I think faster times at many of our tracks will be common this year. They might not help as much at newer tracks where the newer asphalt already gives your tires grip. But at places like New Smyrna, Peach State and Myrtle Beach, I really think you will see faster times."

While the tire works well in qualifying, the final determining factor is how the tires hold up with the 3,300-pound stock cars pushing the tire to the limit during a 250-lap race. Huffman feels the tire has held up well and, while it is a more consistent tire than a bias-ply, tire management and strategy still plays an important part during a Hooters ProCup Series race.

"The tires are consistent and the times don't fall off during a tire run as much as the bias-ply tire did, but you still need to manage your tires," said Huffman. "When you can take on new ones, you need to get better grip.

The next test for the BFGoodrich Traction T/A radial tire will be this weekend during the running of the Miller Lite 250 presented by Tucson. The track, located in northeast Georgia, is known for having worn asphalt, which should give the new tire an opportunity to break yet another track record in qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award. For more information about the Hooters ProCup Series or the BFGoodrich Traction T/A radial tire, please visit the official website of the USAR Hooters ProCup Series www.usarprocup.com or www.bfgoodrichtires.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Shane Huffman