"Tire" Talk

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Goodyear and NASCAR officials say tire wear
has improved significantly during this week's testing at

This is the second test conducted at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway since July's Allstate 400 turned into a series of 10- to
12-lap sprints because the tires wore out.

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said on
Tuesday that cars in the tests were running at least 20 laps on
Goodyear's new tires, built using a compound similar to that used
during the second race in Dover, Del., this year.

Pemberton also did not appear overly concerned about tire
problems during Sunday's race in Talladega, Ala. Several drivers
had blowouts during the race, which Pemberton attributed primarily
to punctures.