CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 26, 2015) Young racing star Myatt Snider heads into Saturdays Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 at Concord Speedway looking to turn heads and continue his quest of winning the inaugural CARS Tour series championship. With only three races remaining this season, Snider is second in the Late Model Stock Car Divisions point standings and only five points out of the lead.
In preparation for Saturdays race, Snider and his Jeff Caudill-lead No. 2 NASCAR America Chevy Team tested on the demanding half-mile track early last week.
We were able to get up there and log some laps ahead of the rainy weather the area was hit with last week, said Snider, who just started his junior year of college at Belmont-Abbey. A lot has been made and will be made about the switch over to the Hoosier Tires for this race. Quite honestly, we couldnt tell that much difference. They seemed to wear pretty much the same as what weve been running.
One of the things that dawned on me when we were there testing was just how distinctive Concord Speedway is, said Snider, son of noted NBC-TV Sports broadcaster Marty Snider. Theres really not much as for physical characteristics that you can compare with other tracks I have raced on. Working the corners is so key. You have to be really smooth in order to get off the turns like you need to.
And speaking of the turns, at Concord you try to get through Turn 2 without lifting and you get on down into the next corner wondering where in the world Turn 4 is, chuckled Snider, in reference to the tracks unique three-turn tri-oval configuration. I like it, though. Its so different that its crazy.
It will be a huge challenge, but I cant wait to get out there and see how we stack up. One of my rituals in preparing for a track that I have never raced on has always been to find and study in-car footage from prior stock car races there. If such a thing exists for Concord Speedway, I couldnt find it.
With the Cup series off that weekend, I think well see quite a few special guests roaming around the pits and sitting in the grandstands, Snider said. The CARS Tour has gained a lot of attention in all the racing circles this season. Ive heard of a lot of the Cup guys who watch our races on the online pay-per-view. Well be racing right there near where many of the guys live and itll offer them the opportunity to finally see one of our races live.
In addition to everyone wanting to win in order to gain in the points and all, I think the fact that well be getting so much attention in the Charlotte area this week will add to the prestige of winning there on the Saturday. Man, we are really looking forward to it and cant wait for our chance to get the victory and turn some heads there.
With seven races down and only three battles remaining to determine the inaugural CARS Tour Series champion, Snider is second in the point standings, trailing leader Brayton Haws by five points (200 for Haws & 195 for Snider). Deac McCaskill is third (191 points), Sniders teammate Jamey Caudill fourth (176 points) and Tommy Lemons Jr. fifth (165 points).
Well certainly be giving it everything we have trying to get the win, but we always keep the points situation in the back of our mind, said Snider. Thats a great example of how my crew chief and spotter are so instrumental. They lead the charge and keep me pumped up during the race, but they also keep me grounded to always look at what it takes to get to the finish line and get all we can out of the race. Theyre always conscious of the big picture and make me aware of everything out there that I cant consider from behind the wheel.
Sniders impressive consistency this season is the key factor for him remaining a championship contender since the series inaugural race back on March 28 at Southern National Motorsports Park. Since finishing third in that first race, he has rolled off an incredible total of four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. Although he has yet to visit Victory Lane this season, the rock-solid Snider is the only competitor to post top-10 finishes in every race.
Were really proud of our consistency, but we have yet to win on the CARS Tour this season and thats what were after this Saturday night, said Snider.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based CARS Tour is the first series of its kind to host two premier divisions running on the same track as part of the same event. As do all 10 events scheduled for the 2015 season, Saturdays Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 at Concord Speedway will feature races for both the CARS Late Model Stock Car and CARS Super Late Model divisions.
Fridays open testing from 1:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. kicks off the schedule at Concord Speedway. Saturdays schedule sees alternating practice sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:00 p.m. and last-chance races begin at 6:30 p.m. The LMSC 100-lapper is scheduled to get the green flag at 8:00 p.m., followed by the 100-lap feature for the SLM division. Grandstand admission for Saturday night is only $20. Youth tickets (ages 7-12) are $10 each and children 6 & under are admitted free of charge.
Speed51.com will provide Trackside Now live updates on Saturday, while Race22.com will offer live Twitter feeds. RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) is offering live pay-per-view video coverage for $18 with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
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SPECIAL NOTE: So, how much experience has Myatt Snider had in a stock car at Concord?
Funny you should ask, Snider said with a chuckle. Aside from what we did there recently in testing our Late Model Stock Car, I did have one other opportunity to log some laps. Back when I was working at Joe Gibbs Racing, I served as the driver of a car there doing promotional work for ARRIS, one of the JGR team sponsors. Its kinda funny now to think that folks are watching a video at one of the companys hospitality functions theyre thinking its Carl (Edwards) behind the wheel and its really me driving the car.