Myatt Snider Tops Late Model Points After Third-Place Run

It's not too early to start looking at the points.  That's what Myatt Snider said after a third-place run at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia leaving him one point off the lead in the quest for the inaugural CARS Late Model Stock Car Championship.

 

"I was thinking about it before the race tonight," said Snider.  "I have to thank my guys because they have given me a great car all year.  I qualified a little back in the pack tonight, but I was about to move to the front to finish strong.”

 

Lemons Sees a Bust Week Ahead

After getting tangled up in a wreck while going for the lead, Tommy Lemons, Jr. says he has a big week ahead.  His car, along with the other car he fields for Craig Stallard, will both need a substantial amount of repairs before they can see the track again.

 

"I am glad that we have a weekend off," said Lemons.  "We will need all the time we can get to be ready to race again."

 

Lemons spoke about the battle with Deac McCaskill that ended both drivers’ chance of victory and said it just boiled down to a racing incident.

 

"We were just two guys fighting hard for the same spot," said Lemons.  "It was just hard racing, nothing intentional."

 

Haws Rebounds After Up and Down Night

After a sub-par qualifying effort that left him starting outside of the top-five on Saturday, Brayton Haws looked only to get a solid finish.  Not only did Haws get to the lead, but he looked like he was going to be a winner as he led laps before having a right front tire go flat.

 

Despite the setback Haws salvaged a 15th-place finish to soften the blow of his off night.

 

"That was the first time I have ever blown a tire," said Haws.  "That was not the way we wanted to end the night, but we will head on back to the next one.  We will be happy to get to Orange County because we won there a few weeks back."

 

2016 Plans Coming

Series officials announced that a rules/information meeting would be taking place the weekend of the Concord race in August. They also mentioned that the 2016 schedule could be out, or at least a chunk of the dates will be in place.  So far numbers wise the series has been a big success on both the Late Model Stock and Super Late Model side.

 

Jamey Caudill Born Again as Consistent Veteran

A fourth-place finish is no surprise for Jamey Caudill who is a former UARA series winner at Motor Mile Speedway (VA).  The run marks the third straight race in the top four making him one of the hotter drivers in the series right now.  He was fifth at Orange County which is the next stop and he could be making a late push for his first win of the season.  The veteran driver has completed all but five laps this season.

 

Crooks Team Gelling Well

The golf game for Gary Crooks is the only thing that might not be gelling right now.  Crooks, the owner of Crooks Motorsports, has experienced lots of success in 2015 with driver Zane Smith.

 

"Racing has its ups and downs and right now we are having good times," said Crooks after the win by Smith on Saturday.  "Zane has been a great talent to have on our side and we are all really gelling right now."

 

After already scoring a World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing title and leading the PASS South points, how much more can we expect from this combo this year?

 

"We are going to keep trying." said Crooks.  "We just have to show up each week and be competitive and we have done that.  The switch to Port City has been a plus and we just want to keep things going."

 

Crooks who takes his golf clubs with him on the road says the only thing that he needs to tweak on at this point of the season is his golf game right now.

 

Double Trouble

Todd Gilliland ran both races at Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday.  The Super Late Model race ended with an engine failure, but he came home second in the Late Model Stock race.   Gilliland won the first Late Model Stock race of the year, but ran into trouble over the next few weeks.  Since then he's been third at Southern National and second at Motor Mile.

 

Quietly Effective

Clay Jones posted a solid fourth-place finish in the Super Late Model race at Motor Mile on Saturday night.  Jones was sixth in points coming into Motor Mile. His finish on Saturday marked his second top five finish of the season and fourth in the top 10.  Jones has been in the top eight in each of the last three events.

 

Grissom's Loss More than Just a Race

Speed51.com spoke to Kyle Grissom after he was penalized for jumping the start near the end of the Super Late Model race at Motor Mile. Not only did Grissom talk about the disappointment with loosing the race, but he spoke of not getting the points that could have put him on top of the championship standings after the race.

 

"We still have the points to think about," said a disappointed Grissom.  "The car is in one piece and we will be ready for the next one."

 

Grissom has finished every race in the top 10 and was on the podium in each of the first three races.  Orange County was one of those and that's next on the schedule.

 

Quick Notes:

- Rodney Sterling earned his first career top 10 in the Late Model Stock Car portion of the Motor Mile event.

- Deac McCaskill set fast time for the fourth time in six races for the Late Model Stock race.

- Josh Berry scored his first win in his first series start.

- Former Pro Cup Series Champion Caleb Holman made his first start and recovered from an accident to finish sixth.

- Lucas Ransone logged a third-place finish in the Super Late Model race, his best effort of the season.

- Zane Smith's win at Motor Mile was his first in a trip to the Virginia track.

-  William Byron's average finish in CARS Super Late Model action is 1.5 after a win at Hickory and a second at Motor Mile.

 

-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent - Twitter: @ElginTraylor

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

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