MYATT SNIDER EAGER FOR SECOND SHOT AT “TRICKY TRIANGLE” WIN
-Led Most Laps In June Pocono ARCA Battle; Hopes Things Learned Can Lead To Victory-
LONG POND, Pa. (July 27, 2016) – Rising racing star Myatt Snider is heading back to Pocono Raceway armed with the experience he hopes can lead to a win in Friday’s Modspace 150 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards battle. The hard-charging driver of the No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford out of the Cunningham Motorsports stable certainly established a basis to build on during the June 3 ARCA race on the challenging 2.5-mile triangular-shaped track.
“I know that the record book shows that we finished ninth there in the June race, but that stat certainly doesn’t indicate how strong we really were,” said Snider, fresh off a hard-fought third-place finish in last Friday’s ARCA battle at Lucas Oil Raceway. “With the way the cautions fell, it wound up turning into a race won on fuel mileage (by Grant Enfinger). Austin Cindric was my teammate that race and I think he and I had the fastest cars out there. Austin made his last pit stop before we did and was in a great spot to win, but came up about a car-length short at the finish line.
“I was really proud of how strong our Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford was there back in the June race,” said Snider, son of noted NBC Sports broadcaster Marty Snider. “Paul Andrews and the Cunningham Motorsports guys prepared a car that was capable of winning, that’s for sure. We were fourth-fastest in the final practice and when qualifying got rained out, that’s where we started in the race.
“We were able to get up there early and swap the lead with Austin. Then we sort of took control up front until all the pitting strategies and fuel-mileage situations came into play. We were able to lead the most laps (led four times for total of 33 laps). We wound up pitting for the final time with 20 laps to go. With our adjustments, the car just got looser and looser during the run to the finish. It was pretty much wrecking loose at the end and it was all we could do to hang on and get a ninth-place finish for the day.
“But that first Pocono race was such a huge learning experience for our team and for me in particular as the driver,” offered Snider. “It’s such a challenging track, but so much fun to race on. The aerodynamics really do come into play there and just a slight track bar adjustment can have a great effect on the car. I think I learned a ton about side-drafting there in June and we’ll likely even run a different steering box this time around.
“It’s such a unique layout and I enjoyed learning how to get into the turns correctly and how to carry the speed through the corners,” Snider explained. “There are just so many different aspects that go into being the strongest you can be on that one race track. Negotiating the tunnel turn was a big challenge, but I found that getting through Turn 3 was the most critical detail.
“Getting through that turn and being able to launch down the long frontstretch was so key during the race,” said Snider. “And man, what a straightaway. With all the laps I’ve logged on so many short tracks, it was almost bizarre to have so much time that you could look around everywhere and even read the scoreboard. With such a tight turn at the end of the frontstretch, getting the proper reference points for braking was so important.
“We intend on using what we learned there in the June race and think we have a tremendous shot at putting our car in Victory Lane on Friday,” Snider added. “One thing we’re definitely looking at as far as our race strategy goes is the fact that this race will be 20 laps shorter than the June race. And we can’t help but think about what would have happened had the June race been 60 laps instead of 80. If that was the case, we would have won the race.”
Friday’s schedule on the 2.5-mile Pocono “Tricky Triangle” sees practice for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards set for 9:30 a.m. till 10:55 a.m. Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The Modspace 150 (60 laps/150 miles) is scheduled to take the green flag at 5:30 p.m. EDT Friday and will feature live coverage by FOX Sports 1.
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