MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Promising 19-year-old driver Myatt Snider thinks he is as prepared as possible for this weekend’s 200-lap Late Model Stock Car battle at Myrtle Beach Speedway. He can’t wait to try his hand at tackling the challenging 0.538-mile semi-banked oval track.
“I saw the track for the first time ever last Sunday and I am really looking forward to going back and racing there this weekend,” said Snider, who continues to mix racing behind the wheel of his No. 2 NASCAR America Chevy with classroom time at Belmont Abbey College and work hours at Joe Gibbs Racing. “I went over last weekend to check out the Limiteds’ race and lend a little support to my friend Haley Moody.
“A huge objective for last weekend’s trip was to learn all I could about the track before we head back for our big race,” said Snider, son of noted NBC-TV reporter Marty Snider. “I feel like it was certainly a day well spent in that regard. There is nothing like actually being out there in a race car, but I think we learned all we could from a visual standpoint.
“The first thing I noticed was that it’s a fairly narrow track compared to some of the other tracks we race on,” offered Snider, who is carving quite a name for himself in only his second season in the Late Model Stock Car ranks. “I thought it was really cool and pretty unique to see a tunnel into the infield.
“Haley had won the pole and got crowded badly into the turn when the race finally went green,” Snider said of the race which saw the first 25 laps run under caution due to adverse track conditions caused by the weather. “It’s definitely not a track where you can stack them four-wide in the turns and not damage some cars.
“Jamey and I talked quite a bit about the best racing line around the place,” Snider said of Jamey Caudill, champion veteran driver who also serves as Snider’s driving coach. “I know that will be incredibly helpful when we get out there for practice this weekend.
“Jamey and my guys have already warned me of how important the tire management factor will be there. The Limiteds were competing in a 100-lapper and a quarter of that was under yellow. We’ll be racing for 200 laps, so I realize what a challenge it’s going to be.
“You can’t grasp how abrasive the surface is by just looking at it,” said Snider. “It’s gray and rough, but it doesn’t appear to be any more worn than a lot of the other tracks we run on. But you have to race it conservatively aggressive, if that’s possible. Where you get off the (accelerator) pedal is so important and the most successful racers there use minimal braking.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend and the challenge it presents,” Snider said. “I know I am going to have to be as smooth as ever with my driving style out there. We’re hoping to be up front and racing for the win at the finish, but our strategy is simple. It’s to get the best result we can and come out of there with a car that’s still in one piece.
“There will be some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers and teams from all over racing at Myrtle Beach this weekend. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to join them there and compete in a sport that I love so much.”
This weekend’s action at Myrtle Beach Speedway will feature the Late Model Stock Cars, along with the Super Truck and Modified divisions. The schedule opens on Friday with alternating practice sessions between the Super Trucks and LMSC cars. Saturday’s schedule boasts LMSC practice from 11:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 3:30 p.m. with only the top two drivers getting locked into Sunday’s feature. Qualifying races begin at 4:30 p.m. (top 12 finishers from three 25-lap qualifying races advance to feature). There will be four “promoter’s option” drivers added to make for a 42-car starting field. Sunday’s big day of racing begins with a fan meet & greet on the frontstretch at 10:45 a.m. A 100-lap feature for the Super Trucks kicks off the racing at 12:15 p.m. That will be followed by a 125-lap battle for the Modifieds. The 200-lap LMSC feature is expected to get the green flag at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Two-day grandstand tickets are available for $35 and single-day tickets cost $25. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.