HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- While it was a day of triumph for one company, another of NASCAR's myriad business partners found itself getting blasted from all sides. There was more talk about Goodyear's tires than Toyota's landmark win yesterday in the Kobalt Tools 500, and no one was more ticked off than the runner-up.
Feeling as if he had just driven 500 miles on a sheet of ice, Tony Stewart would like to say sayonara to Sprint Cup's exclusive tire provider.
Stewart called it "the most pathetic racing tire" he has been on in his professional career.
Others were a bit more diplomatic, but Stewart's view was hardly in minority. Kyle Busch and third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Junior also griped about their rubber. Pole winner Jeff Gordon managed to finish fifth but fretted that every lap might be his lap because of those slip-slidin' tires.
Gordon attended a tire test today at Darlington along with Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle. He said it was the hardest day he has ever had at Atlanta Speedway, "especially for a top-five finish."