Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. (19) leads the pack on the first lap of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, said Sunday the tire supplier plans to debut a new softer tire compound in the Cup Series for the July 16 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Right now, the new tire compound is only scheduled to run at New Hampshire.

“The jury is still out,” Stucker said. “We just feel like Loudon can require something softer. We wanted to go with the new short track package and test there. It may only be a Loudon tire. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll use it later in the year.”

Many fans have spoken out about how bad the current short track package is for the last 15 months. NASCAR made a few changes for the 2023 season but most say more needs to be done.


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