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Goodyear to Stay ACT Late Model Tire in 2013

Posted By Tj Ingerson On November 29, 2012

Categories: American-Canadian Tour | Devil's Bowl | Thunder Road

Donald TheetgePHOTO: Donald Theetge's team changes the Goodyear tires on his No. 80 Honda at Lee USA Speedway earlier in the year. Goodyear tires will remain the tires for the ACT Late Models in 2013 despite Goodyear being rumored to leave short track racing. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)

Uncertainty looms for future

WATERBURY --
Goodyear tires will remain the tire of the American-Canadian Tour for 2013, according to a memo sent to teams from the ACT office today.

“You may have heard or will hear rumors that Goodyear is getting out of the short track tire business,” the memo stated. “This memo will confirm that Late Models within the ACT system will be running Goodyear tires at the same price as last year in 2013.

“There is uncertainty regarding future years, but we have scheduled meetings with various tire companies to ensure continuity to our Late Model program going forward beyond 2013.”

That uncertainty stems from a report by Mid-Atlantic stock car racing website Race22.com, which stated that Goodyear will focus on “high profile” racing and not short tracks.

According to the report, Goodyear has ceased providing tires to the UARA series and Hickory Speedway, as well as others. UARA and Hickory have chosen to supply Hoosier tires for next year.

Goodyear will be collecting the unused 2902 tires from the race tracks. The 2902 tire is a 10-inch tire, similar to the Hoosier tires used on the Late Model Stock Cars in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The American-Canadian Tour Late Models, however, utilize a 8-inch, different from the tire stated above. The series began to utilize Goodyear tires prior to the 2005 season. They have previously used American-Racer tires on the tour and local tracks.

Goodyear tires have come under fire on the American-Canadian Tour in recent years. This past year’s race at Oxford Plains Speedway was plagued with a tire issue that saw a number of teams be reissued tires for the event after qualifying.

An attempt to reach American-Canadian Tour officials on Thursday was unsuccessful.