The championship battle for the Late Model Stock portion of the CARS Tour is just about as close as it gets with four races remaining. Brayton Haws and Myatt Snider are separated atop the standings by just one point. Haws has gotten to the top by reeling off wins, but Snider has been a model of consistency.
However, the 20-year-old Snider said it’s time that he does finally break through and get the win that has eluded him so far this season.
“The consistency has been paying off, but now it’s time to get a win,” Snider told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “That’ll be what propels us to the lead.”
There’s a good chance that win could come on Saturday night at Orange County Speedway (NC). Snider finished third there when the series first visited the .375-mile oval in Rougemont, North Carolina earlier this season.
“Last time around we were battling for the lead when a valve spring broke,” Snider said. “That put us down a good 50 horsepower. That’s the only reason we didn’t win that time. I was on the leader’s bumper the entire time for the last 25 laps of that race.”
But even with a broken valve spring he still managed to score a podium finish. It’s been that kind of consistency that has him fighting for the title as the schedule starts to reach its end.
Snider has scored a top-five finish in all but two races so far. His lowest finish was a seventh-place run at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) at the end of May.
“I’ve been trying to go for wins, obviously, but it just hasn’t worked out,” he said. “Every time I saw it unfolding into me not winning I just tried to get as much as I could out of the night and not really push it in any way.”
The Charlotte native said that being so close to winning so many times this season, only to not pull into victory lane, hasn’t worn on him the way some might think it would.
“I’ve known I’ve been able to win since day one, but it just hasn’t really panned out,” he said. “It’s not really affecting me that much because when I don’t win I just try to get the best that I can out of the night.”
Snider admitted that he’s been points racing since the very beginning of the season, but he also made it clear that going for wins has definitely been a priority.
“I’ve been thinking about points every race,” Snider said. “You try not to put yourself in bad situations and race around smart people, but you want to go for wins every race.
“It is definitely go-time though in the championship. It’s time to hunker down and get wins because wins are what get you the most points.”
With it now being “go-time,” Snider said he wants to emulate the aggression that Kyle Busch has been showing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as of late.
“I’ve been trying to have that same mentality,” said Snider. “Not like I’m 30th in points like Kyle, because I’m second, but I want wins to propel myself to the lead and show that we are the team to beat this year.”
Snider said he has two goals left to accomplish in the final four races. He wants that win, but he also wants to be named the inaugural CARS Late Model Stock Tour champion.
“The championship would definitely be awesome,” he said. “The name of being the inaugural champion would be an awesome thing to have on my resume. It would mean a lot.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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