MYATT SNIDER EAGER TO HEAD BACK TO CARAWAY SPEEDWAY
-Young Charger Hoping For More Success At Track That Holds Many Fond Memories-
SOPHIA, N.C. (May 15, 2014) – Myatt Snider is eager to race at Caraway Speedway for the first time this season in Friday’s action. The young charger is a rising star in NASCAR Whelen All American Series competition and the return to the .455-mile oval will be somewhat of a homecoming.
“Caraway Speedway is where it all started for me in the late models,” said Snider, who is balancing his on-track schedule this year with time in the classroom at Belmont Abbey College and regular work hours at Joe Gibbs Racing. “It will always be a special place for me because of the family connection and due to the fact that it’s the closest track to where we live.”
Snider ran his first-ever late model race last spring at Caraway, driving for his cousin, Jay Hedgecock. Hedgecock, a former winning driver who is now a leader in chassis manufacturing, fielded Snider’s race cars during the 2013 season.
Snider capped off his impressive Late Model Stock Car rookie season in impressive fashion, taking the win in last October’s Mid-Atlantic Championship Shootout at Caraway. He has fond memories of that race.
“It’s certainly my biggest accomplishment to date, although I am so proud of our performance in the recent Denny Hamlin Showdown at South Boston,” Snider said of his strong seventh-place finish in the special April 24th race against the likes of Cup stars Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. “Taking that first checkered flag at Caraway last fall will always be special, especially considering how we won it.
“We started seventh and made progress all race long,” said Snider, son of noted NBC Sports reporter Marty Snider. “We had to race smart and race hard at the end to hold Tommy Lemons off. That made the win so memorable. Tommy has won races everywhere and he had won the big Martinsville race earlier in the season.
“You can only have one first win and mine came there at Caraway last October 13th,” said Snider. “The fact that my family was there to witness it and help me celebrate the big occasion made it even more special.”
That monumental achievement came in Snider’s last visit to the little short track located in Randolph County, some 10 miles north of Asheboro, N.C. It’s easy to understand why he is excited about Friday night’s return.
“When you’ve experienced success like that at a track, you definitely look forward to going back,” said Snider. “That’s certainly the case as we return to Caraway. We have quite a bit of experience there and hope to be able to use that knowledge to our advantage.
“Instead of it being a longer race, this time around we’ll be running two 40-lap features,” offered Snider. “It will be challenging, especially since we’re running our older chassis which seems to get stronger on longer runs. It’ll be a tough test, but we always love challenges. That’s how you learn and improve.”
Friday’s schedule at Caraway Speedway sees registration at 4:00 p.m., with pit and trackside parking gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Practice begins at 5:30 p.m. for all divisions and runs until 6:55 p.m. The mandatory drivers’ meeting for the Late Model Stock competitors will be held at6:55 p.m. Qualifying is set to begin at 7:20 p.m. with green flag racing at 8:00 p.m. In addition to the Late Model Stocks, the U-Cars, Legends, 6-Cylinders, Hornets, Mini-Stocks and Limited Late Models will also see action.
It will be Cancer Awareness Night at Caraway. Grandstands will open at 6:00 p.m. Adult admission is $15, with children 7-14 years admitted for $5 each. Kids 6 & under get in free. For additional information, please call the speedway hotline at (336) 629-5803.