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Tread Carefully
Lars Anderson
August 04, 2008
Jimmie Johnson (right) gave the traditional kiss to the bricks after winning the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis on Sunday, but by then almost everyone else, drivers and fans alike, was ready to kiss off the event. Indy's always abrasive racing surface, coupled with a tire that wore down faster than any engineer at Goodyear or NASCAR anticipated, made for near-impossible conditions. To ensure safety NASCAR imposed a record six competition yellows (during which drivers had to pit for new rubber), essentially turning the race into a series of heats. The longest green-flag run was only 12 laps, another record. NASCAR and Goodyear officials promised that such a debacle would never happen again, but in the words of Brian Vickers, who finished 42nd, "This was embarrassing."
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August 04, 2008

Tread Carefully

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Jimmie Johnson (right) gave the traditional kiss to the bricks after winning the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis on Sunday, but by then almost everyone else, drivers and fans alike, was ready to kiss off the event. Indy's always abrasive racing surface, coupled with a tire that wore down faster than any engineer at Goodyear or NASCAR anticipated, made for near-impossible conditions. To ensure safety NASCAR imposed a record six competition yellows (during which drivers had to pit for new rubber), essentially turning the race into a series of heats. The longest green-flag run was only 12 laps, another record. NASCAR and Goodyear officials promised that such a debacle would never happen again, but in the words of Brian Vickers, who finished 42nd, "This was embarrassing."

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