HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart took a hard lick last week at Las Vegas when his right front tire blew out.
The two-time Cup champion wasn't injured, but he was still seething after arriving at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"There isn't anybody, I don't think, who is happy with the tires we have got," Stewart said. "After 10 years in the Cup Series, you learn to be highly disappointed with everything that Goodyear does."
Stewart pointed out that the tires at Las Vegas were inconsistent, with some going a full fuel run without a problem and others wearing quickly.
"I expect it to be wacky this week, too. I hate to say it, but the best thing that Goodyear does is make that gold trophy at the end of the year," Stewart said of the car model given to each year's champion.
Justin Fantozzi, marketing manager for Goodyear Racing, the exclusive tire supplier for NASCAR's top three series, said the company is gathering and analyzing data from Las Vegas but said he is confident it brought good tires to Atlanta.
"For 54 years we've been involved in NASCAR," he said. "The process that we go about to make the tire recommendations are sound, and I have complete confidence in that process and the engineers involved in it."
Matt Kenseth broke an 18-race winless string by capturing the Nationwide Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kenseth grabbed the lead from Jeff Burton late in the Nicorette 300.
Kyle Busch led 153 of the first 170 laps before blowing a tire and hitting the wall for the second straight week.
That left the battle to Kenseth, Burton and Kevin Harvick. Kenseth prevailed after a green-white-checkered finish.
"Nobody was going to beat him on speed," Kenseth said of Busch. "I know (his crash) kind of opened the door for everybody."
DAYTONA BIKES: Josh Hayes won going away in the 67th Daytona 200 AMA race at Daytona International Speedway. Hayes, on a Honda, beat Chaz Davies by 32.762 seconds in the 69-lap race. Defending champion Steve Rapp was third. Six-time series champ Mat Mladin won the 15-lap Superbike event.
TRUCKS: Kyle Busch took fresh tires one lap sooner than then-leader Ron Hornaday, which helped him take the lead for good on his way to winning in late Friday's American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta.