MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Nov. 12, 2014) – Rising young racing star Myatt Snider will be competing at Myrtle Beach Speedway for his first time during the upcoming Myrtle Beach 400. The 19-year-old hard charger is doing everything he possibly can to prepare for the demanding 0.538-mile semi-banked oval track.
“I am really looking forward to the challenge, that’s for sure,” said Snider, the former Legends champ who has been incredibly impressive in his short time behind the wheel of a Late Model Stock Car. “We have a test day there scheduled and that will be really important. I will be leaning on Jamey (Caudill, driving coach) and others to get as many pointers and as much advise as I can. I hope to be able to get over there this Sunday and see the Limiteds run their big race. Haley Moody is the defending champion of the race and she has become a good friend of mine. I think I can learn a lot from paying a visit there this weekend before we head back for our race the following weekend.
“Myrtle Beach will be the ultimate challenge when it comes to tire management and I know that going in,” said Snider, who continues to mix racing behind the wheel of his No. 2 NASCAR America Chevy with classroom time at Belmont Abbey College and work hours at Joe Gibbs Racing. “I think my spotter (Paul Griffin) probably put it to me the best. After our race last Sunday at Kenly, we were already talking about the challenges that loom ahead. He told me that if I thought tire management was tough at Kenly, I could multiply that challenge by 10 when we get to Myrtle Beach. It must be the most abrasive race track anywhere if that’s the case.
“The tire management aspect is something I am really proud of as for things I have learned about this season,” said Snider, son of noted NBC-TV broadcaster Marty Snider. “Jamey and my guys have done such a tremendous job of helping me understand the importance of patience and tire management. It’s something that we started understanding about last season and have focused on getting better in each and every race. I take quite a bit of pride for how far we have advanced and improved this year, especially in those areas.”
Snider qualified ninth and finished 10th in last Sunday’s Autumn Classic 200-lapper at Southern National Motorsports Park.
“We had a great race car there last weekend,” Snider said. “What was so strange is that we had six or so cautions during the first half and none in the last half. Our car was strong enough that we started ninth and climbed up to where we were fighting for second at the beginning of the second half.
“We were on the outside for the restart and were hoping to make the best out of the situation. We hoped to be able to ‘arc it’ into the turn to compensate and go from there. I looked and thought we had cleared for second. Instead, the guy inside got in so deep that we got shoved up the track and had to deal with it the best we could. We kept it off the wall, but fell back to ninth.
“During the break, we swapped the right-front and right-rear (tires) and our car was just so super-tight after that,” said Snider. “Without another caution during the race, we couldn’t make any adjustments. About 25 laps after the final restart, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get back to the front. We just held on, saved the car and got the best finish we could. We made the best of our circumstances.
The unique format for the Myrtle Beach 400 sees the action spread out over two big weekends. The opening weekend (Nov. 14-16) features the Limited Late Models, the Challengers and the Mini-Stock divisions.
The huge finale weekend on Nov. 21-23 will feature the Late Model Stock Cars, along with the Super Truck and Modified divisions. The schedule opens on Friday with alternating practice sessions between the Super Trucks and LMSC cars. Saturday’s schedule boasts LMSC practice from 11:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 3:30 p.m. with only the top two drivers getting locked into Sunday’s feature. Qualifying races begin at 4:30 p.m. (top 12 finishers from three 25-lap qualifying races advance to feature). There will be four “promoter’s option” drivers added to make for a 42-car starting field. Sunday’s big day of racing begins with a fan meet & greet on the frontstretch at 10:45 a.m. A 100-lap feature for the Super Trucks kicks off the racing at 12:15 p.m. That will be followed by a 125-lap battle for the Modifieds. The 200-lap LMSC feature is expected to get the green flag at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Two-day grandstand tickets are available for $35 and single-day tickets cost $25. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.
-Myatt Snider Racing Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com