KENLY, N.C. – After battling it out at two different tracks last Friday and Saturday, rising young NASCAR Whelen All-American racer Myatt Snider is opting to focus on a single track this weekend. The talented 19-year-old charger says it was “smarts” that overruled “desires” in finalizing his schedule of racing this week.
“I love racing as often as I can; I just can’t get enough of it,” said Snider, who headed back to classes at Belmont-Abbey College this week. “We originally discussed duplicating what we did last week in running at Caraway on Friday night and at Kenly (Southern National) on Saturday night.
“It was a situation where we looked at the big picture and reasoned that it was best to focus all of our attention on the twin 50’s (two 50-lap feature races) at Kenly this Saturday,” said Snider, who mixes his racing and education with work at Joe Gibbs Racing during the week. “We scored two top-five finishes racing our old chassis last Saturday night at Kenly and moved up to second in the track points.
“So I guess you could say that it was a case of our smarts pulling rank over our desires,” chuckled the affable young son of noted NBC broadcaster Marty Snider. “We’ll be back racing at Caraway in upcoming weeks, as well as going back to South Boston and heading up to Martinsville for that huge event.”
Snider’s Jeff Caudill-led team’s decision to focus on racing solely at SNMP this weekend was simplified by the scenario that started to unfold last Friday.
“The strategy for last weekend was to use our new chassis both nights, but we had to alter that plan after what occurred at Caraway on Friday night,” said Snider. “We had a great run in the first 40-lap feature, finishing second to Lee (Pulliam). We hoped to be even stronger in the second 40-lapper, but unfortunately got taken out in the second turn on the very first lap.
“That left us scampering to get our older chassis ready for Saturday’s races at Kenly,” Snider said. “Jeff and the guys on our team did a heck of a job working overnight on Friday to be prepared as possible to head on over to Kenly Saturday afternoon. I can’t say how thankful I am to have Jeff and my crew working with me this year.
“Even with the old car, we were able to qualify fifth on Saturday. We had top-five finishes in both features and it was a great example of handling adversity as best as you can. It was a pretty solid performance, considering we were racing the older chassis. The huge difference between the cars is that it’s so much more difficult to hold the corner speed with the older chassis and that cost us there last Saturday night.
“We were blessed that we didn’t total out our new car at Caraway,” Snider explained. “We had to get a new clip put on it. Jeff and the crew are working as hard as they can to have us ready to go again on Saturday afternoon at Kenly with our newer chassis.”
Snider’s “solid performances” on Saturday night (fourth in first feature and fifth in second feature) advanced him to second in the track LMSC point standings at SNMP. With 804 points, he trails leader Tommy Lemons Jr. by 64 points and has a 26-point advantage over third.
The three top-five finishes last weekend helped propel Snider from 28th to 24th in the NASCAR national points battle. He is only 74 points out of the top 10. Snider is currently seventh in North Carolina state points and only 16 points out of the top five.
Saturday’s racing card at Southern National is being billed as the “Back To School Night at the Races.” The night will feature the twin 50-lap features for the LMSC division and twin 35-lappers for the Limiteds. The Chargers, Street Stocks, U-Cars and Bandos will all be in competition on. A $100 prize will be awarded to the school showing the most spirit. Free book bags will be given to the first 100 kids attending. Racing begins at 7 p.m. with adult admission charge set at $15. Seniors and military will be admitted for $12. All school kids will get in for free when accompanied by a paying adult.