Myatt Snider scored an emotional first career CARS Late Model Stock Tour victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, dominating the Late Model Stock 100-lap feature at the Short Track U.S. Nationals.
“I don’t think it could have happened at a better place,” Snider told Speed51.com Powered by JEGS. “Bristol Motor Speedway is one of a kind. We have been hunting for CARS Tour wins since 2015, and finally it all came together tonight.”
“There’s a lot of history at this place,” Snider said. “It’s probably one of the most fun tracks I’ve ever been on. It is really fast, and you race really hard around here. I love it.”
Jared Fryar finished second, occasionally threatening Snider for the lead and leading one lap on a restart before settling for the runner-up spot.
“I thought I had something early in the race,” said Fryar. “I figured since a lot of cars wrecked out [in the first segment], I went pretty hard too early and pushed the right-front tire off of it.”
Justin Crider overcame considerable adversity on his road to Bristol, crashing during an open test at the track to start the month. With his rebuilt car, Crider finished on the podium in the A Feature with a third-place run.
“I am so proud of my guys,” Crider said. “I can’t say enough about my family and all the sponsors that helped put this deal together. I knew when they announced it I wanted to be here. I never in my life thought we’d get a top three.
“I just drive the thing,” Crider added. “I’ve been going through school, doing my best there. They’ve allowed me to focus on that, so that when I come to the race track I can focus on doing my job. I can’t thank them enough.”
The race was a battle of attrition, which eliminated several drivers contending in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour points chase. Layne Riggs entered the day with a nine-point advantage over Deac McCaskill, but suffered an up-and-down day accentuated by a late accident with Brandon Grosso. However, McCaskill was unable to capitalize, retiring from the race early with mechanical issues.
The CARS Late Model Stock Tour returns to action on June 10, when the series makes its first trip to Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, South Carolina. There, the Late Model Stock competitors will run 125 laps, while the Super Late Model Tour will race in conjunction with the Southern Super Series for a combination event.
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-By Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/MoJo Photos
Short Track U.S. Nationals Late Model Stock Cars Unofficial Results
Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) – May 22, 2017