Kyle Busch’s quest to win his first Daytona 500 didn’t last long thanks to multiple tire issues.
Busch blew a left rear tire early in the race, and shortly after he blew another tire that put him several laps behind.
Goodyear’s Greg Stucker isn’t sure why Busch had nearly identical issues, and he said it wasn’t a puncture or a manufacturer problem.
“They were pretty much identical [issues],” Stucker said via ESPN.
We see nothing else like that up and down pit road. We have guys with twice as many laps on tires. … It’s not obvious to us that there was any sort of cut or anything else. It didn’t look like a tire rub. It didn’t have that appearance. It just looked like the tire was getting overworked. We just need to understand what could contribute to that.”
Busch’s crew chief, Adam Stevens, said it wasn’t an issue he could control. But the team didn’t have any tire issues for the remainder of the race, so they still are searching for answers.
Goodyear, however, is planning to take the tires to examine them to see if they can determine the problem.
It will be intriguing to monitor whether the issues linger into Sunday’s race at Atlanta and throughout the rest of the year.