Myatt Snider Is Ready “To Shake And Bake” At Talladega

Myatt Snider

There is no doubt that Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway is one of the most famed race tracks on the NASCAR circuit. From the movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” starring Will Ferrell to the Eric Church hit “Talladega,” the 2.66-mile track is recognized by more than just the average NASCAR fan.

Spectators of races at Talladega Superspeedway are sure to see fast speeds, drafting and drivers trying to avoid “The Big One.” For a rookie like Myatt Snider, who’s preparing to turn his first laps at the longest track in NASCAR, preparation is key. From studying past races at the superspeedway, to talking with his No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce team, Snider feels mentally and physically prepared for his weekend in Alabama.

Saturday’s Fred’s 250 will be Snider’s sixth start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in 2017. The 22-year-old made his season debut at a different superspeedway, Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Snider started that race 13th and ultimately crossed the finish line 10th to earn his first of two top-10 finishes so far this season. Snider’s second NCWTS race of the season came at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth where he was in place to grab a top 10 until a late-race spin relegated him to a 16th-place finish. At Kentucky Speedway in Sparta he started the race from the sixth position, led four laps and ultimately crossed the finish line 16th. In his fourth race of the season, he took the green flag 10th and persevered from a mid-race spin to capture his second top 10 of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. Snider qualified ninth for his latest NCWTS race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, but his day ended early after he got clipped from behind on the first lap and his Tundra caromed hard into the inside wall first and came to rest in the outside wall. The damage was too severe for Snider to continue and he was scored with a 28th-place finish.

After Talladega, fans will have two more chances to catch Snider behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra this season at Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 3 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.

As Snider makes his track debut Saturday afternoon, he will once again don the colors of Louisiana Hot Sauce on the hood of his No. 51 Toyota Tundra. Louisiana Hot Sauce is made in New Iberia, La. Over the years, the company has expanded, but they have stayed true to a promise made over years ago to create a perfectly balanced sauce that is “not too hot, not too mild.”

Snider is still on the hunt for his first NCWTS win and hopes his patience, preparation and persistence will help him find Victory Lane this weekend in the deep south of Alabama.

Myatt Snider, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra:

Two weeks ago, in Las Vegas, you were unfortunately unable to complete a lap in the race, how have you moved on from that going into Talladega?

 “It’s a shame that Las Vegas went the way it did. I felt like Bono (Manion, crew chief) and the team had really given me a great Tundra to race with. We practiced well and drafted great in practice. So, that gives me confidence that we’ll have a similar story come time for practice and racing in Talladega.”

This will be your first time at Talladega and your second time this season on a superspeedway. You ended up with a top 10 at Daytona, are you confident you can do that again at Talladega? How have you prepared for the weekend?

“It’s hard to truly prepare for a plate track. All you can do is study old races and ask questions. The only real experience you can get is actually drafting. But I will be running the iRacing pro invitational tonight, which should be the closest thing to Talladega I can get. Regardless, I’m happy to be back in the No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce KBM Toyota Tundra once again.”

Wes Ward, Interim Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra:

You have experience as a crew chief at Talladega Superspeedway, what advice do you have for Myatt (Snider), a rookie, for the weekend?

“I’ve been there when you’ve asked them to ride in the back and then at the end of the race make a push to try to win and they’ve wrecked. We’ve also ran up front and led a lot of laps and wrecked, so I don’t think there is a formula to say how to be there at the end. I think you must have a fast truck and we will have that from KBM. I think being up front, staying out of trouble, leading laps and being aggressive as far as on the offense instead of defense, will go miles in trying to win the race.”

Myatt Snider’s No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra:

KBM-026: The No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce team will race KBM-026 for Saturday’s Fred’s 250. Snider raced this Tundra to a top-10 finish in his season debut at Daytona International Speedway

KBM-026 Performance Profile:

 

Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
5
0
12
22.2
0

Notes of Interest:

Myatt Snider 2017:

  • Snider has made five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season (Daytona, Texas, Kentucky, Chicagoland and Las Vegas). He started 13th and finished 10th in his debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. At Texas Motor Speedway Snider started 13th and finished 16th after a late-race crash. Snider started sixth, led four laps and finished 16th at Kentucky Speedway. At Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie started 10th and finished 10th – his second top 10 of the season. In his latest start, Snider started ninth but was caught up in a wreck on the first lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, ending his night early.

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

  • Made one start in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway earning a ninth-place finish

  • Started 21st in the NASCAR Wheelan All-American Series Late Model Stock race at Martinsville Speedway under the lights and rallied from being two laps down to finish on the lead lap in the 14th position

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
5
0
0
2
0
559
4
10.2
16
ARCA
1
0
0
1
0
102
0
10
9
CARS Super LM
7
1
1
4
2
636
145
5.1
9.3
NASCAR LM Stock
1
0
0
0
0
200
0
21
14
Totals
14
1
1
7
2
1,497
149
11.5
12

 

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), four top-five, six top-10 finishes, 289 laps led and an average finish of 13.3 across 18 races in 2017

  • After two races in the Round of 8 of the NCWTS Owner’s playoffs, the No. 51 team currently ranks seventh with 2,061 points and are five points behind the cutoff line for advancing to the Round of 6

  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 64 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

    KBM NCWTS Program:

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (64), 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 64 wins, 35 poles, 152 top-five and 245 top-10 finishes across 405 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Erik Jones, Williams Byron and Christopher Bell have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, 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 @ Talladega Superspeedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 27 laps led, two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.1 across 16 starts at the 2.66-mile track

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected KBM’s lone victory in 2010 after leading eight laps to the checkered flag

The ‘Ward’en:

Wes Ward will serve as interim crew chief for the No. 51 team this weekend at Talladega. Ward is currently in his third season at Kyle Busch Motorsports, where in addition to helping oversee the efforts of the No. 46 team’s part-time schedule this season, he serves as the shop foreman. Ward earned two Truck Series victories last season with Kyle Busch behind the wheel at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway. The North Carolina native became a fixture in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage beginning in the late 1990’s and over the course of 16 years called the shots for over 300 races working with notable drivers such as Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Wallace, Jason Keller and Brad Keselowski. Ward’s lone XFINITY Series win came with Kahne behind the wheel in the 2003 series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

This will be Ward’s first race as a crew chief in the Truck Series at Talladega. His best finish across 11 XFINITY Series races atop the pit box at the Alabama track was a 12th-place finish with Jason Keller in 2004.

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Owner Pts./Pos.

2/24

Daytona

Snider

13

10

100/100

0

Running

30/13

3/4

Atlanta

Busch

2

26

127/130

25

Running

59/9

   4/1

Martinsville

Burton

      7

13

250/250

0

Running

87/10

5/12

Kansas

Busch

10

1

167/167

91

Running

147/3

5/19

Charlotte

Busch

4

1

134/134

90

Running

207/3

6/2

Dover

Burton

10

13

198/200

0

Running

235/3

6/9

Texas

Snider

13

16

160/167

0

 Accident

265/5

6/17

Gateway

Gilliland

4

21

112/160

0

Transmission

278/6

6/23

Iowa

Burton

15

11

199/200

0

Running

304/5

7/6

Kentucky

Snider

6

16

149/150

4

Running

332/5

7/19

Eldora

Burton

23

15

150/150

0

Running

354/8

7/29

Pocono

Busch

2

25

36/60

32

Accident

385/8

8/12

Michigan

Busch

10

3

100/100

47

Running

439/5

8/16

 Bristol

Burton

13

18

99/100

0

Running

458/6

9/3

Canadian Tire

Gilliland

13

11

64/64

0

Running

487/7

9/15

Chicago

Snider

10

10

150/150

0

Running

2,022/3

9/23

New Hampshire

Gilliland

5

3

175/175

0

Running

2,062/2

9/30

Las Vegas

Snider

9

28

0/146

0

Accident

2,061/7

 TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK

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