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“They don’t drive real good after 12 laps; they get real, real loose,” he said. “(The teams) are just hoping that the track will do what it normally does and that will mean the track will come to our setup. Hopefully that happens. You’ve just got to take that gamble.”

Drivers said the Martinsville tire problem isn’t even close to what occurred two weeks ago at Bristol, where Goodyear had to overnight new tires to the track because the ones being used suffered excessive wear.

“This is not at all an issue like we had at Bristol,” Jeff Gordon said. “That was extreme and they made a good decision to come in and change that tire.”