Young rising racing star Myatt Snider says there is no better track for the new CARS Tour to stage their inaugural races on than Southern National Motorsports Park. His reasoning is easily understood when you take a look at his track record on the 4/10ths-mile oval located in Lucama, N.C.
“I think it’s a great track to host the first race for the new series,” Snider said of Saturday’s X-1R Performance Products 300. “Its layout is such that it promotes great racing. Maybe the fact that we’ve had some pretty decent races there adds to it. It’s a really cool track and all the fans will definitely be entertained there on Saturday.”
Snider, 20-year-old son of noted NBC-TV reporter Marty Snider, is being modest in mentioning his “decent races” on the short track located some 45 miles east of Raleigh. The former Legends champ was nothing less than spectacular in NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car competition on the track last season.
In 22 points-paying NWAAS races there last season, Snider posted a huge victory in September and a total of 16 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s. The record book showed that Snider had only 60 unfinished laps for the season at SNMP, completing 1,375 of 1,435 (95.8 percent) possible laps. His impressive consistency saw him conclude the year with a 5.3 average start and 5.6 average finish. He finished a close runner-up in the track’s LMSC points battle.
“Yes, there is added confidence when you go back to a track where you have run well, but this is a whole new deal racing on the CARS Tour,” said Snider, currently in his last semester of his sophomore year at Belmont Abbey College. “This is the first time I have raced in cars where I have faced coil binding and bump stops.
“I had been wondering how we would adapt to the change and was pleasantly surprised in our testing there last week,” added Snider, who intends on pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. “We were fast right off the trailer. The biggest difference to me was in the feel of the car. With the coil binding and bump stops, I got a bigger sensation of it travelling & gripping the track more and really felt it getting the forward bite off the corners.
“So far, I am thrilled with our transition and I really look at the situation as an equalizer for us. Last season I know we were racing against guys who were using custom-made $1,500 springs. We just couldn’t afford to go that route and did the best with what we had.
“Probably the biggest asset I have in tackling this new challenge can be attributed to my crew chief, Jeff Caudill,” said Snider. “He became an expert at bump-stop technology back in the years when he and Jamey (Jeff’s brother and Snider’s teammate/driving coach) were winning so many races and running so strong in the old UARA. Jeff has such a wealth of knowledge in that area.”
The team’s No. 2 Chevrolet will again carry the “NASCAR America” logo on the sides. 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. Veteran spotter Paul Griffin will continue during 2015, as will crewman David Drew.
“It would be a special accomplishment to win the inaugural race on the new CARS Tour,” said Snider. “It would be a really big deal, especially considering our plans to run all 10 races on the schedule this season.
“We’ve raced there enough to know what to expect,” Snider added. “Even with the American Racer tires and the new suspension package, tire wear will likely come into play. When you’re facing 150 laps of racing on that track, you know that patience and tire wear will be key factors in doing well. We’ll be ready for it and up for the challenge there on Saturday.”
The new 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 X-1R Performance Products 300 will feature 150-lap races for both the CARS Late Model Stock Car and CARS Super Late Model divisions.
Saturday’s schedule sees alternating practice sessions beginning at 11 a.m. Qualifying is set for 5 p.m. and last-chance races begin at 6 p.m. The first 150-lapper is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:15 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 on Saturday.
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For additional information on the CARS Tour, please visit their website at www.carsracingtour.com. The new series is active in social media with a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CARSProCup) and Twitter account (@CARSTour).
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For additional information on Southern National Motorsports Park, please visit their website at www.snmpark.com. The track is active in social media; with a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SouthernNationalMotorsportsPark) and Twitter account (follow them at @SNM_Park).
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For additional information on Myatt Snider and his No. 2 MyattSnider.com Racing Team, please visit www.myattsnider.com. You can also connect with Myatt on Facebook (www.facebook.com/myatt.snider) and on Twitter (@MyattSnider).
– Myatt Snider Press Release