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NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson could benefit from new tire at Kansas

The new tire compound at Kansas Speedway could provide challenges to NASCAR racers who haven't had a chance to test them according to the NASCAR America crew.

When Cup teams arrive at Kansas Speedway Friday, they’ll be doing so with a new left-side tire compound.

NASCAR America analyst Dale Jarrett believes Jimmie Johnson could capitalize on the added wrinkle to the Go Bowling 400.

Johnson was one of the four drivers who participated in the tire test last year that helped confirm which tires Goodyear used for the race.

“When you look at Jimmie, he does so well at this track,” Jarrett said. “But when something new is brought in, he just has an advantage in the fact that they are so good and he is so good, as everyone one else struggles, he finds a way to get things done.”

Johnson is tied with Jeff Gordon for three wins at the 1.5-mile track.

Watch the video to see Parker Kligerman’s thoughts on how the aging track and lower downforce influences the choice of tire.