NASCAR is considering doing what a lot of other auto racing series around the world do: Give its race teams the option of running two different types of tires for each race.
The first would be a conventional set, the second a softer compound that is significantly faster than the normal tire, but presumably would wear out much quicker.
The sanctioning body will use this year's 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a test bed to try out two compounds.
There, teams can choose between regular tires which will have a yellow Goodyear logo on the side and one set of softer tires that will be up to four-tenths of a second faster per lap - about 2.5 miles per hour at CMS - initially. The softer tires will have green logos.
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, confirmed that if the two-tire method works at the all-star race, it could be in play for regular-season points races in 2018.
"This is something we will certainly look at for 2018," O'Donnell said. "We want to see how this plays out. But when you look at where the levers we can look to pull from a competitive standpoint, this is certainly one of those, and one we're excited about. We're positive about what could happen ... and it's something we would look at for sure."
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