MYATT SNIDER BACK IN ARCA RACING COMPETITION AT CHICAGOLAND
-Thursday Will Be First Time Young Driver Has “Ever Laid Eyes On” The 1.5-Mile Tri-Oval Track-
JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2016) – Rising racing star Myatt Snider hasn’t participated in an ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event since the July 29 race at Pocono. He hasn’t even been behind the wheel of any kind of race car since the Aug. 27 CARS Tour battle at Concord Speedway. Add to that the fact that the hard-charging 21-year-old has never visited the 1.5-mile tri-oval Chicagoland Speedway.
Yet Snider, a junior at UNC Charlotte and son of noted NBC-TV Sports broadcaster Marty Snider, is returning to ARCA competition in Thursday’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland confident that he has a great shot at winning the 100-lap race.
“Thursday will be the first time I have ever laid eyes on the place,” said Snider, who will be making his seventh career ARCA start in Thursday’s race. “But, I am still expecting to be competitive and have a legitimate chance of winning. I’m just that confident of how strong my No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce team is and how competitive the cars are that Paul Andrews and the Cunningham Motorsports guys bring to the race track.
“I have done everything I possibly can to prepare for the challenge and I am just a naturally confident competitor,” Snider added. “I have watched a ton of film, especially the XFINITY Series races where I think I can learn the most from. My preparation has also included a lot of synchronizing my schedules between my college hours and the racing. I am taking 15-plus hours at UNCC this semester. This week I’ll be finished with classes late Wednesday afternoon, but I have to make sure to get all my racing gear on the team transporter before it heads out.
“I also take a lot of personal pride in my ability to adapt to new race tracks rather rapidly,” said Snider. “When you’re blessed with having competitive cars like Paul and the guys prepare and the experience they bring to the table, it certainly makes my job behind the wheel a lot easier. Plus, this week we’ll have Austin (Cindric) in a third car for Cunningham Motorsports. We all share in the information and input during practice and in our race setups.
“All that said, I’m looking forward to getting back out there in our No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford. As is the case every time out there, I’ll be giving it my best effort in trying to get to Victory Lane.”
The ARCA rookie certainly has been impressive in giving his all in 2016 series competition. He shocked the racing world by winning in his first career ARCA start back on May 22 at Toledo Speedway. In his six ARCA races this year, he has posted one win, three top-five finishes and five top-10s.
He has recorded top-10 finishes in every event except the June 10 race at Michigan International Speedway. Aside from that race (where he finished 23rd after accidents took their toll), Snider has an impressive 5.2 average start and an incredible 4.8 average finish. Even including the dismal day in Brooklyn, Michigan, Snider still maintains a respectable 7.8 average finish during his brief ARCA racing career. Perhaps most impressive is that with only six starts to date this season, Snider is still 18th in the series points and is ahead of six drivers who have started more races. Not including the Michigan race, Snider has completed 100 percent (690 of 690) of possible laps.
Snider started fourth and finished sixth in his most recent ARCA battle, the July 29 ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway. The only racing he has done since was an impressive return to the Late Model Stock Car ranks in the highly-competitive CARS Tour series at Concord (N.C.) Speedway on Aug. 27. Snider started second, led laps early and finished a strong second in that race.
“I’m truly blessed to be able to do this and I am thankful for everyone around me,” Snider added. “As always, I hope to make everyone who supports me proud of what I am doing out there — chasing my dream to continue climbing up the racing ladder.”
Thursday’s schedule at Chicagoland Speedway sees practice for the
ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards set for 12:30 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. with all cars impounded immediately after time trials conclude. The SCOTT (150 miles/100 laps) takes the green flag Thursday at 7:00 p.m. local (CDT) time. The race will feature live coverage by FOX Sports 1.
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For additional information on Cunningham Motorsports, please visit their website at http://www.cunninghammotorsports.net/ . You can follow them on Twitter at @cunningham_race
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For additional information on Myatt Snider, please visit www.myattsnider.com . You can also connect with Myatt on Facebook at www.facebook.com/myatt.snider and on Twitter at @MyattSnider