Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Race No. 6 – STP 500
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Race No. 3 – Alpha Energy Solutions 250
Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval) – Martinsville, Va.
New right-side tire to debut at Martinsville:
Goodyear will bring a new tire recommendation to Martinsville for 2017, featuring a new right-side tread compound that was developed to help “rubber-in” the track.
Martinsville’s concrete corners behave differently than asphalt, with the density of the surface making it more challenging for the rubber to continuously adhere to the track. This new right-side compound is married to a proven construction combination, which works well to optimize the acceleration, deceleration and cornering required for Martinsville’s unique configuration of long straightaways and tight, flat turns.
One other note that may play into the strategy of this Sunday’s race is the fact that Cup teams will have two less race sets than last year at Martinsville.
Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Martinsville this weekend, this left-side tire code (D-4588) has been run at this track since April 2013. There is a brand new right-side tire code (D-4722), which came out of a Goodyear tire test at Martinsville last October 4-5.
Teams participating in that test were the Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, Furniture Row Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr., Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard and Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle.
Compared to what was run at Martinsville last year, this right-side tire features a compound change to help lay more rubber on the track. This is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run either of these two tire codes.
Teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.