SNIDER LOOKING FOR ANOTHER WIN AT MYRTLE BEACH THIS WEEKEND
-2015 UNOH “Battle at the Beach” Champ Wants to Add to Last Year’s “Statement Victory”-
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 24, 2016) – Rising young racing star Myatt Snider is eager to get back to Myrtle Beach Speedway for this weekend’s ICEBREAKER 200. The hard-charging 21-year-old claimed the biggest win of his late model career there last fall and he can’t wait to add to that success.
“We’re headed back to Myrtle Beach with pretty much the exact same stuff that we won with last November,” Snider said of his victory in the Nov. 21 UNOH “Battle at the Beach” 200-lap feature race on the demanding 0.538-mile oval. “We’re taking the same No. 2 NASCAR America Chevy and I’m blessed to have all my incredible team members back with me again this year. Jeff Caudill continues to run our team and does a tremendous job as my crew chief. All of our support personnel remain intact and Paul Griffin will still be doing his fantastic job up in the spotters’ stand for me.
“Really, the only thing that’s changed is that I have a new helmet,” said Snider. “It’s a new Stilo model with all the latest new features. Stilo makes a quality hand-made helmet and I’ve been using them ever since I moved up to race late models. What’s so cool about this new one is the viewing port is larger and the sound system is state-of-the-art. It features internal speakers with ear bud plug-ins. I’ve already tried it out and I can really tell the improvement.”
While the new helmet may be the only visible difference with Snider and team this time around, a gigantic boost in the confidence level is sure to also accompany the group in their return to Myrtle Beach Speedway this weekend.
“We had a very successful season last year and proved we could be top contenders on a consistent basis,” said Snider, a junior at Belmont Abbey College. “The way we ended it off couldn’t have been any better to keep our momentum and confidence going in an upward spiral.
“The media labeled our Myrtle Beach victory as a ‘statement win’ and I think that was really fitting terminology. I feel that a huge win like that verified that we have been successful in making the transition we’ve been working so hard to achieve. With that win and the way we won it, I think we should be taken seriously as a potential winner every time we race.”
Snider started fifth in the UNOH Battle at the Beach after finishing second in his heat race. He fell out of the top-five for only one circuit during the entire 200-lap battle. He watched and learned from the leaders during the first half of the race, crossing the line in third at the halfway break. Once he was able to get the lead, there was no holding Snider back as he was unstoppable in scoring the signature victory.
“Our strategy in that race was to hang around about where we started and keep the leaders in sight,” Snider recalled. “Tommy Lemons was the toughest guy out there from the first practice on. We watched him closely during the first part of the race to learn his line and consider his strengths and weaknesses. When it was go time, I knew I could run the top really well and it worked for me. I was able to take the lead from Tommy, hold him off on two restarts and control the lead the rest of the way.
“We raced at Myrtle Beach three different times last season,” said Snider, son of noted NBC-TV Sports reporter Marty Snider. “During our September trip there for the NASCAR Whelen races, I learned a lot more than previously about how to race the track. We watched the local guys like Sam Yarbrough and got a good feel for how to enter the corners, braking points and stuff like that. There were twin 40-lap features and we finished second and third.
“When we went back for the CARS Tour race (the Sept. 19 Bakerdist.com 100-lapper), we applied that knowledge and learned even more. We started second and finished seventh. The biggest thing we learned in that race was that we can’t afford to give up that much at the beginning of the race and have a realistic shot at winning. Our strategy was to save our stuff for the end and we were just too conservative. We started up front and faded back to 15th or so. That was just too much ground to have to make up late in the race. We learned how to best position your car during the race to have a shot at winning at the end.
“The third time was the charm for us at Myrtle Beach last season,” said Snider. “It’s such a finesse track and with what we learned in the NASCAR races and the CARS Tour race, we were able to put it all together and produce the winning effort.
“Like I said, we’re bringing that same winning team and equipment back to Myrtle Beach this weekend,” Snider added. “We’re as confident as ever that we can be celebrating there in Victory Lane again on Saturday afternoon.”
ICEBREAKER 200 action at Myrtle Beach Speedway kicks off with optional practice on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. Friday’s first late model practice begins at 10:00 a.m. with the final session set from 3:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s group-style qualifying begins at 12:00 noon, with the fastest 32 cars locked into the starting field. A 25-lap LMSC “last chance” qualifying race (for final eight starting positions) is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
Saturday’s feature racing begins at 1:45 p.m. with a 25-lap Vintage main event. That will be followed by a 50-lap Mini-Stock feature. The headlining 125-lap feature for the Late Model Stock Cars is set to get the green flag at 3:15 p.m.
Tickets are just $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Children 6 & under will be admitted free. Myrtle Beach Speedway is located at 455 Hospitality Lane off U.S. Highway 501 in Myrtle Beach. The track office phone number is (843) 236-0500.
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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).