I have one of these sitting in my shop from ‘93. It was used on Bill Elliott’s Budweiser race car. I wrote him a letter when I was a kid. I received a response and an invitation to his race shop. He was away when I arrived (race weekend), but I got a tour of the shop, got to sit in a couple race cars and was told I could pick one tire from the shop to take home. ‘93 is significant because it was the first year Goodyear changed to yellow lettering on the sidewalls. It was also the first full season of radial tires on the track. This was an unfortunate move that continues to plague stock car racing to this day. The bias ply tire fell off at a different pace than the radial. They were soft and sticky. I remember the rubber melting as the cars went around the turns, slinging hot fibers of rubber into the stands. It was a common practice to cut the melted rubber out of our hair with a pocket knife after the checkered flag. There were lots of drivers from the late ’80s and early ’90s who simply could not handle the change from bias ply to radial tires. Their careers subsequently faltered as a result. I wish the bias ply tire would make a return to the speedways. If Formula 1 can engineer several different tires with intentional fall-off rates then there’s no reason Goodyear can’t do it either. Unfortunately, NASCAR is a sport all about status quo. They won’t make a change unless it is forced upon them (see EFI, Gen-6 car, SAFER barriers, HANS device, pit road speed limit).