CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rising young racing star Myatt Snider finished a strong third in the CARS Tour’s inaugural race on March 28 at Southern National Motorsports Park. He is planning on an even stronger showing as the series returns to the 4/10ths-mile oval for Saturday’s Don’t Tread on Me 250 Presented by MMIA.
“We’re on a mission to win this Saturday at Kenly,” said Snider, currently second in the CARS Tour LMSC series standings, trailing leader Brayton Haws by 11 points (97 to 86). “We were happy with our performance there in March, but determined to do better this time around.
“We know it will be hotter and slipperier out there on Saturday than in that opening race and we will be prepared for that,” said Snider, who recently completed his sophomore year at Belmont Abbey College. “I want to be a little more aggressive this time around. By that I don’t mean roughing it up with the competitors, but with what I can do behind the wheel.
“It’s our third race in the series and we’re heading back to a track where I have logged a ton of laps and had some success,” said Snider. “We’ve now raced three times running the bump stops and we’ve learned quite a bit about the American Racer tires that the CARS Tour uses. We’ve been really pleased with the tires. They’re bigger, wider and more durable than what we were accustomed to racing on. The tires are more consistent and last longer.
“I think I know better about how hard to push it and how to save a little more for the end of the race,” added Snider, son of NBC Sports reporter Marty Snider. “We’ll be racing 125 laps rather than 150 laps this time around, too. I understand why because they didn’t want to see guys running out of fuel. That will definitely add to the sense of urgency in us racing 25 fewer laps. It likely will create a situation where we have more cars in the front pack racing each other for the win.”
Snider started sixth and finished third in the March 28 X-1R Performance Products 300 at SNMP. He ran in the top six during the entire race and came on strong at the end of the race. After a restart with five laps remaining, Snider got around Tommy Lemons for third and watched as Todd Gilliland held off Deac McCaskill for the victory.
“We were strong in that race, but we want to be even stronger there on Saturday,” said Snider, who finished runner-up in the SNMP track LMSC points last season. “All the top drivers have adjusted to the tires and know what to expect. We all have the three races under our belts now. We know the importance of getting the bonus points for winning the pole and leading laps. If we have a shot at getting the bonus point for leading at halfway, you can bet we’ll be going after it.
“The bottom line is that we are on a mission to get back over to Kenly, qualify better, be adjustable during the race and save a little more for the end of the race,” said Snider, one of only three CARS Tour LMSC drivers to score top-10 finishes in all three races completed so far. “We’re confident that we can do that and with our racing background on that track, confidence will never be lacking there, that’s for sure.”
Snider’s confidence level at SNMP is easily understood. In 22 points-paying NWAAS races there last season, Snider and his Jeff Caudill-led team 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.
Snider’s No. 2 Chevrolet will again carry the “NASCAR America” logo this weekend at Southern National. The elder Snider is a reporter for the racing program, seen daily at 5 p.m. on NBCSN. Snider’s team is based out of Caudill’s Four Oaks, North Carolina shop. Veteran spotter Paul Griffin continues to be Snider’s “eye in the sky” this season and David Drew is a key crew member for the team.
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 Don’t Tread on Me 250 Presented by MMIA feature 125-lap races for both the CARS Late Model Stock Car and CARS Super Late Model divisions.
Friday’s open testing from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. kicks off this week’s activity on the Lucama, North Carolina track.
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 on Saturday.
-Myatt Snider Racing Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com