NASCAR & Auto Racing

No 'tire war' for Burton

Jeff Burton was around when Hoosier and Goodyear made tires for Sprint Cup cars and remembers being on the good side of that battle at some tracks.

“I almost won Atlanta in my fourth race as a Cup driver because the tires were so much better,” he said. “The Hoosier tires that, when you were better, and you were one of the few that had them, boy, they let you shine.”

But Burton said he doesn't see how having more than one tire manufacturer in the sport again would be good for NASCAR.

“My recollection is we have more catastrophic tire failures,” Burton said. “I think it's a huge mistake; the negatives far outweigh the positives.

“I believe that for the racing to be as good as it can be, every team should have access to the same tire. … If the race turns into a battle of tires, how does that make for better racing?”

Burton said the tire issues that plagued the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard last week might seem like an argument for more than one kind of tire. But he doesn't think that's the case.

“If another tire manufacturer was there, maybe it would have had something that wouldn't have had those problems,” he said. “But the problem with that would have been that half the field would have had those problems and the other half wouldn't.”