Biffle, Montoya encouraged by Atlanta tire tests

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Two days of testing new tires left Greg
Biffle optimistic that Atlanta Motor Speedway will be ready for
some old-fashioned side-by-side racing in March.

Biffle says he was pushing new Goodyear tires at speeds faster
than normal qualifying times on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tony Stewart
and other drivers were sharply critical of tires provided for the
race in Atlanta last March.

Biffle and Juan Pablo Montoya are encouraged that the March 6-8
Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend will produce better racing.

Biffle says the tires "really forced the cars off the race
track" at two races in Atlanta last year.

Biffle, who finished third in the points race last year, said he
was able to stay low on turns after 20 laps this week.

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