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Goodyear, Thunder Road Announce 14" Tire

- Justin St. Louis on 03 Nov 2010

Tommy 'Thunder' Smith (center) and a Goodyear official discuss Smith's tires following a test at Thunder Road. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)PHOTO: Tommy 'Thunder' Smith (center) and a Goodyear official discuss Smith's tires following a test at Thunder Road. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo

(From track press release)

Officials of the Goodyear Racing Division and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre have announced that the D2810 14-inch economy designed tire for weekly-type four-cylinder short track divisions will be available for the 2011 race season.

Goodyear Racing and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), the sanctioning body that manages Thunder Road, have a long history of short track tire development.

"We have always tried to be on the cutting edge of technological improvements for short track racing, and Goodyear has played a vital part with us in that process for over 25 years," said ACT/Thunder Road president Tom Curley.

Goodyear Racing and ACT developed an 8-inch treaded, grooved unit in the mid-1980s that is still one of the most popular tires in the Goodyear short track inventory. Over the past six years Goodyear engineers and ACT competitors have developed an economy Late Model 8-inch racing slick (D2672, D2882 and D2884), a 7.5-inch Limited Late Model unit (D2637) and will now introduce their latest short track tire, a 14-inch tire (D2810) that will serve a vast number of entry-level divisions around the country.

"This is absolutely the best tire I have ever used for four-cylinder racing, period," said Tommy "Thunder" Smith of Williamstown, a veteran at Thunder Road.

Billy "Weiner" Hennequin of Morrisville was the primary test pilot.

"Goodyear had made several development runs of the tire," said Hennequin. "We tested the final version of the tire for over 300 laps at two different tracks over a three-week period. It repeated each session, and the times stayed consistent. The tire is going to be great for four-cylinder racing and very cost effective.”

A host of Goodyear engineers have been responsible for the development of the various short track tires that are currently in use by ACT and its affiliate tracks throughout the northeastern United States and Canada.

"It seems that each year an opportunity presents itself to our short track racing program when we visit some of the northeast tracks that work with ACT," said Scott Junod, Goodyear Sales Manager, Short Track Racing. "All of our engineers have enjoyed working with various ACT teams in all three divisions in the development of these various tires. The work that ACT and [its] teams have done for us has been pivotal."

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