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Defending champ Kenseth likes old tire, Gordon in favor of new as Sprint Cup hits Kansas

  • NASCAR auto racing crew members walk past tires during testing at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

  • Goodyear racing tires await distribution to NASCAR teams at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Teams are testing tires on the recently re-surfaced track. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) drives through pit row at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. NASCAR auto racing teams are testing tires at the recently re-surfaced speedway. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) drives through the garage area at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. NASCAR auto racing teams are testing tires at the recently re-surfaced speedway. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) drives down pit row during tire testing at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Patrick will drive a pink colored car in support of breast cancer awareness. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Associated Press

Chase leader Matt Kenseth would have been perfectly happy if Goodyear brought its old tires to Kansas Speedway this weekend.

Instead, the two-time and defending winner at Kansas was among 38 cars on the track Thursday who were testing the new "multi-zone" tires that Goodyear has developed.

It's rare that NASCAR changes tires between spring and fall races on the same track, but vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said it made sense at repaved Kansas Speedway.

The tires, which made their debut in the Sept. 1 race at Atlanta, are made of two distinct compounds. One compound features a more tractive tread for better grip and handling, and the other is a firmer compound that helps manage wear on the tire's inside shoulder for better durability.