Myatt Snider Gets Another Shot In The KBM No. 51 Tundra At Kentucky

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The state of Kentucky may be known for its horse racing, but on Thursday night a different kind of “horsepower” will be set to race in the Bluegrass State. This time, 22-year-old Myatt Snider will once again pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for his third start of the 2017 season.

The 1.5-mile tri-oval in Kentucky is the first track on Snider’s schedule where he has prior experience racing. Snider made his track debut in the ARCA Racing Series in September 2016. He started that race from the 10th position and posted a 25th-place finish. Although Snider has that experience, when he jumps in his No. 51 Tundra, there will be an additional layer of asphalt on the track that wasn’t there last fall when he raced. But, Snider and the No. 51 team will have three practices on Wednesday to get the Tundra dialed in for Thursday’s race.

Snider made his 2017 NCWTS debut at Daytona International Speedway in February, scoring a top-10 finish to start the season and was in place to grab a second top 10 at Texas until a late-race spin resulted in a 16th-place finish. After Kentucky, the rookie can be seen behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in four more races in the 2017 season, including Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sept. 15, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Sept. 30, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Oct. 14 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.

When the drivers start their engines Thursday night under the lights, Snider will have a new sponsor on the hood of his No. 51 Tundra, Liberty Tax Service. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., last year Liberty Tax Service prepared over two million individual income tax returns in more than 4,000 offices and online. Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor to many charitable causes.

With Liberty Tax Service on board, the patriotic-themed No. 51 Tundra will not be hard to spot on the race track, just look for the Tundra donning the American Flag. As America celebrates its birthday this week, Snider hopes to continue the celebration and take his red, white and blue No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra to Victory Lane Thursday night.

Myatt Snider, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Liberty Tax Service Tundra:

What are you looking forward to the most going into the race at Kentucky Speedway?

“Kentucky has been a race that I’ve been looking forward to all year. It’s the first race that I’ll be running at a track where I have previous experience from ARCA, so to be back at Kentucky in a KBM Toyota Tundra is a blessing.  We also have our first race with our new sponsor Liberty Tax.  We are so excited to have that group on board with us.  We got to visit with them at their national convention a few weeks ago. It made me ready to get out there seeing how excited all the franchisees were to have their truck on the track.  The truck looks phenomenal, and I don’t think they could have designed a better scheme for a race on the week of the fourth of July. “

Kevin “Bono” Manion, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Liberty Tax Service Tundra:

How do you feel about the race Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway?

“I’m looking forward to racing at Kentucky Speedway Thursday night. We have three practice sessions on Wednesday to get our No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra dialed in and ready to go. Everyone on the No. 51 team has worked hard to prepare a fast Tundra and hopefully we can find ourselves in Victory Lane Thursday.”

Myatt Snider’s No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra:

KBM-035: The No. 51 Liberty Tax Service team will race KBM-035 for Thursday’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. KBM teammate Todd Gilliland drove this Tundra earlier in the season at Gateway Motorsports Park. This is also the same Toyota that Daniel Suarez ran at Kentucky last season where he won the pole and let 59 laps.

KBM-035 Performance Profile:

Date
Track
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
6/17/2017
Gateway
Gilliland
4
21
112/160
0
Transmission
11/11/2016
Phoenix
Suarez
2
1
150/150
34
Running
   10/1/2016
Las Vegas
Coughlin
11
17
145/146
0
Running
9/16/2016
Chicago
Suarez
3
11
151/151
43
Running
7/7/2016
Kentucky
Suarez
1
11
150/150
59
Running
Totals
5 starts, 0 Wins
9.6
12.2
77

Notes of Interest:

Myatt Snider 2017:

  • Snider’s made two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts for the 2017 season (Daytona and Texas). He started 13th and finished 10th in his debut at Daytona International Speedway. At Texas Motor Speedway Snider started 13th and finished 16th after a late-race crash.

  • Brought home a win at Bristol Motor Speedway (5/21/17) in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour after starting from the pole. Has one win, one top-five and three top-10 finishes in five starts

 

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
2
0
0
1
0
260
0
13.0
17.0
CARS Super LM
5
1
1
3
2
436
145
3.4
8.6
Totals
7
1
1
4
2
696
145
8.2
12.8

Myatt Snider 2016:

  • Made first career NASCAR Camping World Series start at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November

  • Earned first ARCA Racing Series win in his debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, collected one win, 68 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes across nine ARCA starts

  • Competed in three CARS Late Model Stock Tour races earning three top-five, three top-10 finishes and three laps led

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
19.0
17.0
           ARCA
9
1
3
5
0
832
68
6.2
13.8
CARS Super LM
3
0
3
3
0
400
3
4.7
3.3
Totals
13
1
6
8
0
1,232
71
9.9
11.3

Myatt Snider 2015

  • Made CARS Late Model Stock Tour debut earning one pole, 87 laps led, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes across 10 races, resulting in an average finish of 5.6 and a third-place finish in the final points standings

  • Captured the victory at the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Myrtle Beach (S.C.)

Myatt Snider 2014

Competed regularly in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Tundra:

  • The No. 51 team has earned two wins (Kansas and Charlotte), two top-five, three top-10 finishes, 206 laps led and an average finish of 12.4 across nine races in 2017 and currently rank fifth in the NCWTS Owner’s points standings

  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 60 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

KBM NCWTS Program

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (60), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 60 wins, 33 poles, 141 top-five and 227 top-10 finishes across 376 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 32. Erik Jones and Williams Byron each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Christopher Bell has four wins and Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph

  • Has collected victories at all 21 tracks on the 2017 schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Kentucky Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected three wins, 582 laps led, 10 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 9.9 across 18 starts at Kentucky

  • In last year’s Truck Series event at Kentucky, William Byron led a race-high 70 laps en route to the victory. Owner-driver Kyle Busch was victorious for KBM in 2011 and 2014.

The Manion Report:

Kevin “Bono” Manion guided KBM’s No. 51 team to one win, one pole, four top-five and seven-top 10 finishes with four different drivers behind the wheel last year in his first season as a Truck Series crew chief. Prior to joining KBM, the Massachusetts native collected five victories in 10 seasons atop the pit box in NASCAR’s premier series, including two marquee wins with Jamie McMurray in 2010; the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Before graduating into NASCAR’s top division, he guided Martin Truex Jr., to back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series titles in 2004 and 2005. In addition to his five Monster Energy Cup Series victories, Manion boasts 15 XFINITY Series wins; 13 with Truex Jr., and two with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Manion’s lone Truck Series race at Kentucky resulted in a pole award and an 11th-place finish with Daniel Suarez last season. He earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes in two XFINITY Series starts with Martin Truex Jr. While calling the shots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Manion earned one top-five and one top-10 finish at Kentucky.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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