Teams have control of their own tires and it could play into the outcome of Sunday's race

Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday's race before a single lap had been turned.

Goodyear's multi-zone tread tire is making its season debut at Texas, where speeds inched toward 200 mph in Friday's opening practice session.

A handful of drivers publicly worried about tire wear and durability on Texas' high banks.

The concern comes two races after a flurry of left-side tire failures at California led many drivers to question Goodyear's product and preparation.