LUCAMA, N.C. – Fresh off his impressive night last Friday at Caraway Speedway, Myatt Snider is now fully focused on the “Championship Weekend” Friday and Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park. The promising young NASCAR Whelen All-American charger finished first and second in the Caraway races and is hoping for that level of success this weekend at SNMP.
“We were finally able to put it all together last weekend at Caraway and take the checkered flag,” said Snider, who now has 19 top-five finishes and 23 top-10’s in 37 NASCAR points races during the 2014 season. “It was a super solid night as we finished second in the other feature and think we could have won it, too, if we’d only had another lap or two. I was so proud of the great job Jeff (Caudill, crew chief) and all the guys on our team did in preparing us a winning car.
“I have learned so much about the importance of patience and tire management this year and that was especially the case last Friday night at Caraway. Jamey Caudill (Jeff’s brother and acclaimed former short-track driver) has been serving as my driving coach and he has taught me so much. All that knowledge was such a huge contribution to that win last weekend.
“It’s that level of competitiveness and consistency that we’ll need this weekend at Kenly (Southern National),” offered Snider, son of noted NBC-TV sports broadcaster Marty Snider. “With three different features in the two nights, it’ll offer us a great opportunity to turn heads during the final point races of the season there. Racing in twin 75-lap features on Saturday will certainly test the patience and tire management knowledge I am talking about. I feel blessed to have that opportunity and I’m very optimistic heading into this weekend.
“We’re second in the points and it’ll be really hard to overcome the lead that Tommy (Lemons) has on us,” said Snider, who is 74 points out of the lead with the final three features remaining on the 2014 schedule at SNMP. “It’s possible to earn 64 points in each feature, so there are 192 total points on the line this weekend.
“The champions in all divisions will officially be determined there on Saturday night and we’re certainly hoping for the best,” added Snider. “But we’re being realistic and coming in there focused on winning the races. We’ll be going all out to put ‘White Lightning’ back in Victory Lane in all three races and with the attitude of letting the points fall where they may.”
Snider adopted the ritual of naming his winning race cars in honor of NASCAR Hall-Of-Famer Rusty Wallace, who was famous for winning races driving cars named “Midnight,” “Midnight Rider” and many more. He treasured the opportunity to finally give his No. 2 MyattSnider.com Chevy a nickname after his big Caraway victory.
“We had been looking forward to that all season long and had considered quite a few suggestions as for car names,” said Snider, who mixes his racing with classroom time at Belmont-Abbey College and employment at Joe Gibbs Racing. “For several reasons, we just kept on coming back to ‘White Lightning.’
“Our car color scheme has that white base & lightning down the sides,” Snider explained. “I’m a big music lover and the country genre is one of my favorites. George Jones was an icon in country music and he passed away last year. ‘White Lightning’ was his first number one hit and has remained as one of my favorite songs. So that’s what we’ve named our car. We think it’s appropriate and a great way to honor a true legend in American music.”
Friday night’s card at SNMP is being billed as “Race to the Championship” night. Practice begins at 6 p.m., with qualifying at 7:30 p.m. and the first green flag set for 8:10 p.m. The Late Model Stock Car division will be battling it out in a 35-lap feature. The night will also feature twin 25-lap Limited Late Model features along with races for the Chargers, Bandos, Street Stocks, Legends and UCARS.
Saturday’s action is being billed as “Champions Night” at Southern National. The final night of points racing for 2014 will feature twin 75-lap features for the LMSC division and twin 35-lap features for the Limiteds. All the other weekly divisions at the track will have feature events and the champions will be determined.