LUCAMA, N.C. – After focusing solely on the racing at Southern National Motorsports Park last week, Myatt Snider will again be racing at two tracks this weekend. The promising young NASCAR Whelen All-American racer plans on racing at SNMP on Saturday night and will compete at Caraway Speedway in their special Labor Day race night on Monday.
Even though the impressive 19-year-old charger is still looking for his first feature win of the season, Snider is continuing to hang tough in the track Late Model Stock Car points battle at Southern National. He has displayed an incredible amount of tenacity this year and shown the level of resilience associated with a proven veteran.
Entering this weekend’s race card at SNMP, Snider is second in the LMSC points, 78 points out of the lead. With two 50-lap features on the schedule, he feels like he can do a lot of catching up with another strong effort there on Saturday night.
“We’ve had several setbacks through the season, while it has looked like our major competition has been pretty much bullet-proof,” offered Snider, the son of noted NBC sports broadcaster Marty Snider. “We can’t focus on them and how strong they continue to be. Our time is best spent making sure that we’re prepared as possible when we get to the track and concentrate on being as competitive as we can be in every race we run.”
In last Saturday’s races on the 4/10ths-mile track, Snider started fifth and finished second in the first 50-lap feature. He was able to charge up to second on the sixth lap and chased winner Lee Pulliam to the checkered flag. After an inversion for the starting order in the second 50-lapper, Snider started seventh. When a driver in front of him bogged down after the start, Snider got into the back of him and damaged the radiator ducts on the No. 2 Chevy.
“We were still charging to the front in that race, but our car started overheating and we had to throttle back,” Snider explained. “The temperature gauge pegged out after 30 laps and we had to park it before we did any damage to the engine.”
The overheating problem led to a 14th-place finish and only the second race of the season at SNMP where he was not running at the finish. In 17 races there this season, Snider has posted 11 top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. His average finish at SNMP this season is 6.4 and he has completed 94.3 percent (1,085 of 1,150) of possible laps.
“We’ve been able to bounce back strong every time we’ve had to this year and I owe so much of the credit to Jeff (Caudill, crew chief) and my team,” said Snider. “Even though I am relatively new in racing at this level, I have already seen how important a great attitude is. My team has a tremendous outlook each and every week as we head to the track. That’s definitely the case as we head back to Kenly (SNMP) on Saturday night and on to Caraway on Monday.
“One of my favorite quotes comes from Tony Robbins,” said Snider. “It goes like this: ‘No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.’ Keeping those words in mind has really helped me stay focused, but also reminds me of how important it is to continue to be patient.
“We’re looking forward to all the racing we have scheduled for this weekend,” Snider added. “We’re so blessed to have the opportunity to be doing this and I continue to be thankful no matter what the outcome is.”
Saturday’s card at Southern National is being promoted as the “Labor Day 260.” The night’s schedule will include twin 50-lap features for the LMSC division and two 35-lap features for the Limiteds. The U-Cars, Street Stocks, Legends and Bandos will also see action. It’s “Bike Night” at the track, with motorcycle riders invited to ride their bikes to the track and display in a competition. $10 gets two riders in and also enters their bike in the contest.
Caraway Speedway’s “Labor Day Special” on Monday will boast twin features for the LMSC division. The Limiteds, Mini-Stocks, Legends, U-Cars, Hornets and Wildcats will also thrill the fans. Adult admission is only $15.