MYATT SNIDER FINISHES SECOND IN THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
-Promising Young Driver Battles It Out With Veterans in Final Race of 2015 Season-
LUCAMA, N.C. (Nov. 30, 2015) – Just a week after posting the biggest victory of his career at Myrtle Beach Speedway, promising young driver Myatt Snider fought to an impressive runner-up finish in Sunday’s Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park. The hard-charging 20-year-old driver battled to the wire with three of the most respected veterans in Late Model Stock Car racing.
“That was a lot of fun out there and I credit my crew again for giving me such a great race car to drive,” Snider said of his Jeff Caudill-led No. 2 NASCAR America Chevy Team. “I knew that Lee (race winner Lee Pulliam) was going to be strong and would be one of the guys to beat. He has so much experience on this track and always has a great setup. Congratulations to Lee; he definitely deserved to win this race.”
Much of the final half of the 200-lapper featured nose-to-tail racing among the top-10 drivers. A final caution for debris set up a four-lap dash to the finish. The late-race restart produced a four-man battle down to the wire between Snider, Pulliam, Deac McCaskill and Tommy Lemons, Jr.
While Pulliam was able to drive away to a comfortable lead when the green flag was displayed, it was perhaps the best racing of the day between the other three competitors during the final laps. Snider started inside the second row beside Lemons on the restart. He was able to clear Lemons with two laps remaining and pulled alongside McCaskill. Snider used the inside line to take the second spot from McCaskill on the final lap and held on for the runner-up finish behind Pulliam. McCaskill finished third and Lemons fourth.
“I got into a really good battle with Deac there at the end,” Snider said about the final laps of the race. “I really had to work the car to get it to turn through the center and get it to go up off. I was able to get past him — pretty cleanly at that — so I was pretty happy with the day.
“Just as was the case so many times this year, we were up front battling it out for the win,” said Snider. “We sure were hoping to cap off the year with another win in our final race, but we’re happy to close out the season on a positive note like that. It’ll work to keep the positive energy going for my team during the off-season.”
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