Pit-Side Report

2022 Edition - Volume 16


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In NEWS FROM THE PITS: Hartlaub's 410 Opportunity, Halligan On the Podium, Reinhardt Heads to Ohio, Newlin's Tough Weekend
In NEXT TIME BY:  Where to see #TeamA2D this weekend
In OPEN RED:  Tire Terminology 101...Part 2
In SLIDE JOB:  Berry Suffers Another Setback

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Berry Suffers Another Setback

Austin Berry Racing was sidelined for over one month waiting on engine parts.  They finally returned to action May 26th at Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, it was short-lived.  The rising team can't seem to get the monkey off its back in 2022.
"Don’t even know what to say.  Metal shavings in the filter are never a good thing.  Engine issues…again.  No Hesston for us Saturday. Not sure what the next couple weeks will look like. We’ll let you all know when we know."
--  @AustinBerryRacing on Facebook


For the benefit of our new subscribers since our early installments of this newsletter, we have selected some of our favorite past columns to share a second time.
Tire Terminology 101...continued!
In the last installment of Open Red, we shared some terms to help you learn about what teams do to prepare dirt track tires.  This time, let's talk about some other aspects of the tires.
  • Compound - The compound of a racing tire describes the particular blend of materials that went into its construction.  Harder compound tires will be more durable than softer compound tires, meaning that the driver can complete a greater number of laps before the tires lose performance.
  • Size - There are 3 aspects to tire size that are important:  tread width, tread circumference and wheel diameter.    
  • Pressure - Air pressure in dirt track tires is surprisingly low, typically varying anywhere between 5-15 pounds, depending on which corner of the car and which type of car (e.g. sprint car, late model).  A lower pressure means more of the tire in contact with the racing surface, which helps gain more traction on a drier surface.
  • Stagger - This is the difference in circumference between the left rear and right rear tires.  On an open wheel sprint car for example, the left rear is smaller than the right rear, which helps the car turn left.
  • Bead Lock - Due to the extremely low tire pressures, sprint cars run a bead lock, which is simply a ring that is bolted onto the outside of the wheel locking the tires into place.  Without these, tires would come off the rim under the strain of the high horsepower and low tire pressure.
  • Rules - Most sprint car organizations and tracks require Hoosier tires by rule and they also dictate the allowable compounds and sizes.  This is done in an effort to reduce costs.  Prior to rules like this, teams with more purchasing ability could stock many combinations of tires to gain an advantage over teams who could not afford to have as many options.  For example, below is the 2021 World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car tire rule regarding size and compound.  This rule is also adopted by most tracks, especially those where the WoO compete.


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