If Sprint Cup drivers’ comments during today’s Goodyear tire test at Kansas Speedway are an indication, we can expect to see track records fall next month on the 1.5-mile oval.
More than a dozen Sprint Cup teams were represented in the test, with Goodyear allowing each team to field one car. As reported earlier by NBCSN contributor and USA Today’s Nate Ryan, the test was designed to confirm the tire manufacturer’s choice for the Kansas night race on May 10 – the 11th race of the 2014 season.
“The speeds are going to increase,” Brian Vickers said to reporters at the track. “What we’re working on today is to come up with a great tire to provide great racing. Goodyear is always in constant pursuit of that.
“Sometimes we nail it, sometimes we miss a little bit. But for night racing, speeds typically increase, and that always presents extra challenges.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also said that he expects the speeds to go up, but especially hopes that the racing groove will continue to grow.
“It seemed like the groove gets more spread out through the corners, and the winter this year looks like it’s aged it pretty quick,” he said. “So it’s a good thing. Hopefully, we can pick out the right tires today so we can have some good racing when we come back.”
Rodney Childers, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief