CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With only two races remaining to determine the inaugural CARS Tour championship, Myatt Snider enters this weekend’s battle at Myrtle Beach Speedway atop the Late Model Stock Car division’s standings with a slim two-point lead. Snider earned the nickname “The Show” for his impressive performance in the series’ last outing at Concord Speedway and hopes to keep the momentum going in Saturday’s BakerDist.com 200 pres. by Sports Radio 100.3 The Team.
“We’ve done everything we can to be as prepared as possible for this weekend and we’re certainly looking to keep that positive energy going,” said the hard-charging Belmont-Abbey junior. “We took our CARS Tour car over there a few weeks back to get in some laps and reacquaint ourselves with the track. We think the visit paid huge dividends.
“We weren’t content with using our trip over there to just shake down our No. 2 NASCAR America Chevy,” Snider said of his team’s Sept. 3 visit to Myrtle Beach Speedway. “We all agreed that if it was worth the trip over there, it was also worth trying to win.
“Before that night, the only time we’d raced there was last fall in their big 200-lapper,” Snider said of the LMSC portion of the Nov. 22 UNOH Battle at the Beach. “We learned a lot then that we were able to apply in our most recent trip.
“We had a lot of fun competing against the drivers who race at Myrtle Beach on a regular basis and compete for their track championship; guys like Sam Yarbrough, Matt Cox and all the others,” said Snider. “We more than held our own, finishing second in the first 40-lapper and third in the second.
“A lot of the local fans came down into the pits after the race kind of curious as to who we were,” Snider said with a chuckle. “They wanted to know who these outsiders were who had come in there and been able to mix it up with their local heroes. As it turned out, our competitive runs earned us a guaranteed starting spot for the Myrtle Beach 400 in November.
“It was another great learning opportunity for us, for sure,” Snider added. “It’s really an odd track because of the sand and all. The grittiness of the asphalt adds to the tire wear. It’s a challenging track, but so much fun to race on.”
In the most recent CARS Tour battle, the Aug. 29 Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 at Concord Speedway, Snider certainly earned the nickname of “The Show” as he starred in 99.9 percent of the race’s highlight reel. The talented 20-year-old driver claimed his first career CARS Tour pole position and led 86 of the 100 laps en route to a runner-up finish. His rousing performance saw him leave the track as the new LMSC division’s points leader.
“I’ll always consider that race as being so special,” said Snider, son of noted NBC Sports reporter Marty Snider. “It was our first pole in the CARS Tour and we were so proud to be able to show such competitiveness. We led our first laps in that race and led all but 14 laps that night. We picked up our first bonus points of the season. We had a car strong enough to win, but had to settle for the second-place finish. But, we came in there trailing by five points and were able to leave with a two-point lead.
“After the final CARS Tour race of the season in November at Hickory, we might all look back at that Concord race and say it was the huge ‘game changer’ as far as the big picture goes. We just hope we can keep that level of strength going during these final two races.
“We definitely won’t be getting ahead of ourselves as we’re taking them one race at a time,” said Snider. “Right now, the most important race of my career is Saturday at Myrtle Beach. Our experience there gives us the knowledge of what to expect. We’re confident we can be very competitive. We know how important tire management will be. I’m just hoping we can get there and execute to the level we did at Concord. That’s asking for a lot, but our team is certainly capable of it.”
This weekend’s CARS Tour schedule on the 0.538-mile Myrtle Beach Speedway opens with Friday’s open testing from 1:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule sees alternating practice sessions beginning at 12:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for 4:30 p.m. and last-chance races begin at 6:00 p.m. The Super Late Model 100-lapper is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:30 p.m., followed by the 100-lap feature for the Late Model Stock Car division. Grandstand admission for the incredible night of racing 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 for the Sept. 19 event.
-Myatt Snider Racing Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com