SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Rising young NASCAR Whelen All-American Series star Myatt Snider heads to South Boston Speedway for Saturday’s Twin 75-lap features with a unique approach to attacking the historic four-tenths mile oval.
“I guess you could say that we’re coming in with the plan of being conservatively aggressive,” said the affable and promising 19-year-old driver. “We’ll be in that mode because we’re taking our new chassis there this time around. We look forward to racing it not only this weekend but for many months to come.
“We had hoped to race it last Saturday at Kenly (Southern National Motorsports Park), but they postponed that night’s scheduled 100-lapper (until August 23rd) due to potential bad weather in the area,” said Snider, currently third in that track’s LMSC points battle. “They’re not scheduled to run our division again until July 5th.
“When we decided to head back to South Boston for this weekend’s twin 75-lap features, the big question was which car to race. We brought out the new car for the twin 75’s at Kenly back on June 7. It was such a great night for us (finished fourth and second and led 37 laps), that we kept the new car on the jack stands two weeks ago when we raced in the 150-lapper at South Boston.
“In our old car, we started 12th and finished seventh,” said Snider, son of noted NBC/TNT broadcaster Marty Snider. “We finished on the lead lap and were gaining ground at the end, but just ran out of laps. Still, we knew we were at a disadvantage.
“We weighed all the plusses and minuses when we looked at what to do for this weekend and decided to take our new chassis to South Boston,” said Snider, currently 25th in the NASCAR national points and 12th in NASCAR North Carolina state points. “We’re extremely proud of our record this season; especially the fact that we’ve been completing all the laps and showing so much progress.
“I said a couple of weeks ago that we’ve put together a recipe for winning and know our first win of the season is just around the corner,” said Snider, who is in just his second season of racing Late Model Stock Cars after a stellar early career in Legends cars. “We’re completing the laps, racing up front with the leaders and leading laps. The next step forward is getting the race wins.
“That’s our reasoning for taking the new car there this weekend. That first win of the season can be at South Boston on Saturday night. We know that we’ll be able to qualify better in the new car. But the biggest thing is being able to drive off the corners like we need to. That’s where we were getting beaten so badly racing the old car there. Finally it will be like we are actually bringing a gun to the gunfight.
“I came up with the term of being conservatively aggressive there on Saturday because we have two shots at winning and we intend on keeping this car in one piece,” said Snider, who is also a student at Belmont Abbey College and employee of Joe Gibbs Racing. “I’ve learned so much over the last year. I know that you can always get innocently caught up in a crash and we did just that several months back at South Boston. But I’ve raced the guys there enough now to know how to race them and what to look out for.”
Snider has certainly been on a roll during his last six weeks of racing. During that period, he has recorded a 100 percent lap completion average (completing all 632 of 632 possible laps). He has posted five top-five finishes and eight top-10s during the eight-race stretch and has a 5.0 average finish during that period.
Saturday’s card of racing at South Boston will feature five action-packed events.
In addition to the pair of 75-lap shootouts for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division, races for the competitors in the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association are scheduled.
Pit gates will open on Saturday at 2 p.m. and practice for all divisions will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 5:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open 5 p.m. and the first feature of the night gets the green flag at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $10 with children ages six and under admitted free.
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For additional information on South Boston Speedway, please phone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540 or visit their website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com/index.htm. The track is active in social media, with a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Boston-Speedway/110330414282?v=info&ref=ts). You can follow the track on Twitter (@SoBoSpeedway57).
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).
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