SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (July 1, 2014) – When talented young NASCAR Whelen All-American Series driver Myatt Snider visits South Boston Speedway for Thursday’s 200-lap Late Model Stock Car feature, it will kick off the most challenging race weekend of his career. Snider’s schedule calls for him to race three consecutive nights at three different tracks behind the wheel of three different race cars.
Snider’s demanding weekend will begin on the .400-mile South Boston track where he will be driving a car out of the Peyton Sellers stable. He’ll move on to the .455-mile Caraway Speedway for Friday night’s 171-lap feature where he will pilot his older car. He’ll cap off his weekend on Saturday night with a pair of 75-lap features on the four-tenths-mile Southern National Motorsports Park oval driving his new car.
“It’ll be the most challenging weekend of my career so far for sure,” said the promising 19-year-old charger, a former Legends champion. “I’ve always enjoyed challenges, but I am also going into it with the attitude that it should be one of the most fun opportunities I’ve ever had. I feel so blessed to have the chance to do this.
“When it comes to the goals and objectives that we have for the three nights of racing, we’re definitely taking a realistic approach,” offered Snider, son of noted sports broadcaster Marty Snider. “If you add up all the possible laps we’ll be racing, you come up with a total of 521 laps. So that’s our big objective – to complete all 521 laps.
“I honestly think that we’ve been running strong enough over the last few months that finishing in the top 10 in each race is a reasonable and achievable goal. Of course, we hope to be able to lead laps and do even better, but if we could complete all the laps and have all top-10 finishes that would certainly make for a very successful three nights of racing.
“A huge confidence-builder going into the weekend is my feeling that we’ve put together a schedule where each car is a great match for each track we’ll race on,” said Snider, who works on Matt Kenseth’s Sprint Cup cars at Joe Gibbs Racing during the week and races on the weekends. “I will be up in South Boston on Wednesday (July 2) shaking down the Sellers car. It will look pretty similar to our car and we’ll be putting our No. 2 decals on it. It’s a car that Peyton won in the last time we were at Caraway racing (Snider finished third and sixth in pair of 40-lap features there back on May 16).
“Our older car is perfect for Caraway,” said Snider. “Hopefully we can qualify decent and set a conservative pace in the early going. It will definitely be a race where tire conservation is very important and the older car seems to be a little better in that aspect.
“Then we’ll be back in our new car again on Saturday night at Kenly (SNMP) for the twin 75-lappers,” said Snider, who debuted the new car during his last visit to the track, finishing fourth and second in a pair of 75-lap features on June 7. “We’re in the thick of the points battle (third in the standings, trailing points-leader Tommy Lemons by only 28 points and just six points behind second-place Lee Pulliam) and I think a win is just around the corner there.”
Thursday night’s card at SoBo will be highlighted by the St. Lawrence Radiology Presents the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200-lap LMSC feature. The Limiteds will compete in a 100-lap feature and the Pure Stocks will battle it out in a 50-lap feature. Practice begins at 2:00 p.m., with qualifying set for 4:30 p.m. and the first green flag being displayed at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to celebrate the holiday weekend after the features have been completed. Advance adult tickets are only $15.
Friday night’s schedule at Caraway Speedway also features a 150-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The Mini Stocks will also be in action in a 20-lap feature. A gigantic fireworks display will cap off the evening. Grandstands open at 6 p.m. and race time is 8:00 p.m. Adult admission is $20, with youth ages 7-14 admitted for $5. Kids 6 and under are allowed in free of charge.
Saturday’s action at Southern National is being billed as the Independence Celebration 370 and the LMSC drivers will be battling it out in twin 75-lap features. A total of seven divisions will be in action. Racing will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military members and students. Kids 6-12 are admitted for $6, with children 5 and under allowed in free.
- Myatt Snider Press Release