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Goodyear gets a grip in Cup series

Updated: May 6, 2010, 12:00 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Stu Grant stops to shake the hand of a Sprint Cup team owner. Farther down the line of haulers in the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage, he is greeted with smiles from a couple of drivers who have just completed practice.

Grant smiles back, too.

He can these days. Even after Sunday's race, in which there were more than a dozen blown tires, Goodyear's global manager of race tires doesn't feel as if there's a huge bull's-eye on his back.

How things have changed.

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