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By the numbers: Goodyear tires and NASCAR

by Scott Wright Published: October 31, 2013

— Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage says the winner of Sunday's AAA Texas 500, as well as the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, will be determined by Goodyear.

The tire company provides all the tires to NASCAR's teams, but Gossage says the quality of the tire will heavily impact the excitement level of Sunday's race for fans in the grandstands or watching at home.

“I think the tires will really be a key for fans to watch this week,” he said. “If it goes really well, and it's a great race, give Goodyear the credit. If it doesn't go well, and it's not as competitive as you like, you've got to blame Goodyear.

“This tire is so critically important on a fast track. But the tire will determine who wins this race, and for that matter, Goodyear will determine who wins the championship by what they put on the racetrack. I know they're trying to do their best. I just urge fans to pay attention to the tires in the last three races. Everybody gets the same tire, but you've got to make it work.”

Here are some interesting facts about Goodyear tires and NASCAR:

* More than 100,000 tires are made each year for NASCAR's Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck series. Goodyear is also the exclusive tire supplier for the top three divisions of National Hot Rod Association drag racing and for Sports Car Club of America racing.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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