CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Saturday’s CARS Tour schedule calls for Myatt Snider to compete in a 125-lap battle for the Late Model Stock Car division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Crew chief Jeff Caudill says he wouldn’t mind if the race was twice that long.
“It’s really amazing to see how far Myatt has come when you look at his strength and stamina,” said Caudill, who is enjoying his third season calling the shots for one of the brightest young stars in stock car racing. “I think it’s to the point now that the longer he races the stronger he gets.
“It certainly hasn’t always been like this,” Caudill said with a chuckle. “Myatt was a champion-caliber driver in his Bandolero and Legend Car racing days, but the physical demands don’t even come close to compare with what he is facing now. When we started racing together, one of the very first things I suggested was for him to get involved in a regular workout program.
“When he first moved up to the Late Model Stock Cars, he’d be worn out at the end of a 100-lap race,” added Caudill. “His physical training has now helped turn him into a driver who is just getting warmed up after 100 laps. It’s pretty incredible to think about the difference between now and then.”
So, who and what is responsible for the “lean and mean” version of Myatt Snider, the driver who hopes to showcase his talent in Saturday’s Catawba Valley 250 at Hickory?
Enter CrossFit Northlake and coach/owner Jason Bright.
“Myatt is such a bright young man and a real pleasure to work with,” said Bright, who along with wife, Amy, opened their CrossFit affiliate in 2012. “We train many ball players and all kinds of athletes. When we started Myatt’s program, our focus was to help him not only get physically stronger, but also help him with the mental aspect.
“When he’s buckled in that race car, the heat and stress he faces can be as challenging as the other cars and drivers around him,” Bright offered. “The hotter it is and more difficult the environment he faces, the more important it is for him to be physically and mentally prepared as possible.
“In Myatt’s training regimen, he has learned to face the physical intensity and get through the mental aspect to where it doesn’t hurt. He loves to be challenged in his workouts and his conditioning will certainly continue to pay dividends when he’s out there competing on the race track.”
The 20-year-old Snider is quick to credit Bright and Northlake CrossFit for helping him become a better-prepared racer.
“I know how big a plus it has been,” said Snider, who is completing his sophomore year at Belmont Abbey College this week. “Before I started the training, I didn’t have the stamina like I enjoy now. I’d drink a whole bottle of water in the car before the race was over. It’s so much easier now to stay up on the wheel and run consistent lap times later on into a race.
“I hope I am blessed to see my racing career advance to the next level,” said Snider. “My physical training has become such an important part of the whole process and will continue to be helpful if I can get other racing opportunities. Also, it’s really cool and adds to the experience having my dad (Marty Snider, noted NBC-TV sports reporter) there working out with me at the same time.”
After two races have been put into the 2015 CARS Tour record book, Snider’s pair of third-place finishes has him ranked second in points entering Hickory. The demands of the 0.363-mile oval and lack of experience racing there may present Snider his toughest challenge this season.
“I’m confident Myatt can be running up front and competing for the win again on Saturday night,” said Caudill. “He’ll take a short break from his final exams this week to get in a little testing. We’ve logged many laps and won a few races with Jamey (Jeff’s brother and Snider’s driving coach) through the years at Hickory. We have a lot of knowledge to put into our effort behind Myatt this weekend.”
Northlake CrossFit will join “NASCAR America” as sponsors for Snider’s No. 2 Chevy this weekend. The elder Snider is a reporter for the racing program, seen daily at 5 p.m. on NBCSN. Snider’s full crew remains intact from last season, with the team based out of Caudill’s Four Oaks, N.C. shop.
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 will all 10 events scheduled for the 2015 season, Saturday’s Catawba Valley 250 will feature races for both the CARS Late Model Stock Car and CARS Super Late Model divisions.
The race weekend schedule opens on Friday with testing for both divisions 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 p.m. The first 125-lapper is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. 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 from Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday.
-Myatt Snider Racing Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com