Former NASCAR champion talks the NASCAR Next Gen Car, Softer tires and a change in etiquette
Tony Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. However, the era that branded the sport in his 1999 debut is long gone.
NASCAR has seen a lot of major changes. Those changes have brought in a new style of racing.
Goodyear is a major sponsor of the sport. And, it’s important to them that tires don’t blow out during the race. As technology has advanced, the tires have gotten harder, not softer. At the same time, tracks are repaved more frequently and with better laser machinery, that only further reduces tire wear.
Tire fall off was formerly a major factor in races. In 2023, it’s far less so.