SNIDER RETURNING TO CARS TOUR ACTION “WITH A VENGEANCE”
-Winning ARCA Rookie Says Victory Is Only Thing on His Mind at Concord on Saturday-
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 24, 2016) – Much has changed for young racer Myatt Snider since the 2015 CARS Tour event last August at Concord Speedway when he was a full-timer on the circuit. Now a junior at UNCC (transferred from Belmont Abbey) majoring in physics, Snider shocked the racing world by winning in his first-ever ARCA start on May 22 at Toledo Speedway. In six ARCA races to date this season, Snider’s record boasts one win, three top-five finishes and five top-10’s.
What hasn’t changed one iota for the 21-year-old son of noted NBC-TV sports broadcaster Marty Snider is his commitment to excel in everything he does. Whether it’s in his classroom studies, out on the trail representing his sponsors or behind the wheel of whatever race car he is competing in, he is driven to succeed.
With his primary focus being on the ARCA circuit this season, where he drives the No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford for Cunningham Motorsports, Snider placed a bullseye on this Saturday night’s Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 at Concord Speedway. After being in the thick of the inaugural CARS Tour points battle last year before finishing third, he returns to Concord with no concern at all about points.
“It’s going to be so much fun coming back and running with the CARS Tour guys and not thinking about anything but winning,” said Snider. “We are definitely coming back with a vengeance. Our only goal is to put on a really good show for the fans and win the race. What happens between the drop of the green flag and when they throw the checkers…all I can say is that I will be doing everything I possibly can to win there on Saturday night.
“I have always done everything I could to be the cleanest driver possible and it probably cost me several wins along the way,” said Snider. “My dad and my family have always instilled that quality in me and I am blessed to have such a great support group. But, I’ll be brutally honest in saying that I have taken quite a bit during my three seasons racing on the tough Late Model Stock Car division.
“I really have so much respect for all of those guys. But, if I ruffle a few feathers there at Concord on Saturday night, then so be it. I would never go out there and purposefully wreck anybody…never. But I honestly feel that I have a ton more paybacks I deserve to give than get out there. I think that most folks who have followed my career would agree with that.
“Someone tried to stick the nickname of “The Show” on me a while back after I won the big race at Myrtle Beach, but it was something that I never adopted or really took a liking to,” Snider said. “But it would absolutely tickle me to death that if the fans leaving there on Saturday night are saying, ‘man that fellow in the No. 2 car, the Snider guy…he was the show out there tonight.
Snider definitely was “The Show” in last year’s CARS Tour battle at Concord. He was fastest in practice, won the pole and dominated before having to settle for a runner-up finish.
“We battled the McCaskills all night long,” said Snider, who led four times for 85 of the 100 laps. “It was Deac and us going after it for the first 90 laps. Bradley came on strong at the end and was beating and banging during the final five laps. He was able nudge under me coming down to the white flag and it was a battle all the way to the finish line.
“What was so surprising about our performance there last year was that I had absolutely no racing experience on that track going into the weekend,” said Snider. “We tested there a little and I actually logged some laps in a Joe Gibbs Racing car there during a promotional video shoot for one of the team’s sponsors.
“Jeff Caudill (crew chief) and my team have been spending a ton of time at the shop to make sure we’re good to go for this weekend,” Snider said. “We’re looking to be fast right off the bat. It might take me a few laps to adapt back to the late model stocks, because we’ve been running the ARCA car and been away for some time now. Of course we’ll start out with the setup that worked so well there last year for our baseline and then make the necessary adjustments. Hopefully, we can get her hooked up and be equally as strong as we were last August.
“That is our goal; to do the best we can, help entertain all the fans and get us another winner’s trophy,” Snider added. “I can guarantee you this; my team and I will be having as much fun as we ever have there this weekend.”
Friday’s open testing from 1:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. kicks off the schedule at Concord Speedway. Saturday’s schedule sees alternating practice sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:15 p.m., with Fan Fest (drivers greeting fans) scheduled from 6:45 p.m. till 7:15 p.m. The LMSC 100-lapper is scheduled to get the green flag at 8:00 p.m., followed by the 100-lap feature for the SLM division. Grandstand admission for Saturday night is only $20. Youth tickets (ages 7-12) are $10 each and children 6 & under are admitted free of charge.
Speed51.com will provide “Trackside Now” live updates on Saturday. RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) is offering live pay-per-view video coverage for $18 with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
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For additional information on the CARS Tour, please visit their website at www.carsracingtour.com. The new series is active in social media with a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CARSProCup) and Twitter account (@CARSTour).
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For additional information on Concord Speedway, please visit their website at http://concordspeedway.net/. The track is active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and you can follow them on Twitter at @ConcordSpeedway.
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For additional information on Myatt Snider and his No. 2 NASCAR America Racing Team, please visit www.myattsnider.com. You can also connect with Myatt on Facebook (www.facebook.com/myatt.snider) and on Twitter (@MyattSnider).