NASCAR Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway tire limits increased

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will get 10 sets of new tires for Sunday’s race follow plea to sanction

Hours ago, NASCAR has announced that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will be given an extra set of tires for the race.

Ahead of the weekend, NASCAR announced that only 9 sets would be given to NASCAR Cup Series teams. In years past, teams were given 12 sets. That’s a significant decrease.

At the same time, the race track hasn’t become any less abrasive. If anything, it eats through tires quicker. Many drivers and teams will say that Homestead-Miami Speedway has become the most abrasive track on the circuit.

Martin Truex Jr - Homestead-Miami Speedway
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 17: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, drives through the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Since mid week, three of the four championship crew chiefs have been pleading for more sets. #4 crew chief Rodney Childers stated earlier in the week:

“It’s concerning to me. I don’t feel like there’s enough tires. The last thing you wanna do is run out of tires with 40 laps to go and not be able to do anything or race for a championship at the end.”

“I’ve been trying to push a little bit. See if we can’t get an extra set for the race. It’s gunna be a huge concern going into it.”

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Kevin Harvick at Homestead-Miami Speedway
AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 09: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Team began forming plans. Denny Hamlin states, “The fastest car won’t win the race.” He was saying that tire management would be too big of a deal to go out there and turn fast lap after fast lap. Hamlin was anticipating a tire management race.

NASCAR has listened. They have increased the limit from 9 to 10 sets for the race. That’s new sets. Teams will start the race on scuffs used from qualifying.

Paraphrasing, NASCAR basically stated, “We didn’t want it to become a factor in the championship race.”

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