Myatt Snider Is Set For His Second Start At Texas

Myatt Snider

Texas Motor Speedway is one of only two race tracks where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) visits twice in a season. For Myatt Snider, he is ready to head back west to the Lone Star State once again. Snider made his Texas debut earlier this season and although his race didn’t end the way he wanted, he’s excited to get on track this weekend and redeem himself.

Snider qualified his No. 51 Toyota Tundra 13th in June at Texas for his second NCWTS race of the 2017 season. The rookie was on his way to his second top 10 of the season until a late-race spin relegated him to a 16th-place finish. Now Snider is eager to take what he’s learned from his experience at Texas and apply it Friday night under the lights. The No. 51 team also plans to utilize their new crew chief, Mike Hillman Jr., who has six wins, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in the NCWTS at the 1.5-mile track. Five of Hillman’s six wins came with veteran driver Todd Bodine (2005-2007, 2009-2010). For his sixth win, he helped Jeb Burton get the first Truck Series victory of his career. That is his plan for Snider Friday night as well.

Friday’s JAG Metal’s 350 will be Snider’s seventh start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season. The 22-year-old made his season debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Snider started that race 13th and ultimately crossed the finish line 10th to earn his first of three top-10 finishes so far this season. 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 in Joliet, Ill. Snider qualified ninth for the race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, but his day ended early after he was clipped from behind on the first lap and his Tundra ran into the inside wall first and came to rest on the outside wall. The damage was too severe for Snider to continue and he was scored with a 28th-place finish. In his most recent start, Snider rolled off the grid ninth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and earned his career-best finish of third at the superspeedway.

 After Texas, Snider can be seen behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra one more time this season at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.

 As Snider returns to Texas, he will bring back the colors of Liberty Tax Service on the hood of his No. 51 Tundra. 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.

 When the engines start and the lights come on Friday night, Snider hopes he can race his No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra all the way to Victory Lane and celebrate his first NCWTS win.

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

You raced at Texas earlier this season, what have you learned from that race and what are you looking forward to about this weekend?

“The last time I ran Texas, I found out that it’s not really the fast and narrow place that it used to be. Turn one can be really tricky, but I think it makes for good racing. We ran top 10 most of the race last time we went there, and the whole No. 51 Liberty Tax Service team has momentum going into the weekend from two good races at Talladega and Martinsville. So, I think we’ll easily continue the trend. I’m looking forward to two solid practices and hopefully qualifying up front to get our Tundra where it needs to be at the end of the race.”

  

Mike Hillman Jr., Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Liberty Tax Service Tundra:

You’ve found success at Texas Motor Speedway before, what are your expectations for this weekend with a new driver?

“I’m excited to head to Texas with the No. 51 team. It’s one of my favorite tracks to race on and the track that I’ve had the most wins at in the Truck Series. Myatt (Snider) and I have talked — we’ve discussed his spring race there and how he can improve this weekend. I expect to go out there and be aggressive and hopefully run upfront for 147 laps.”

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

KBM-033: The No. 51 Liberty Tax Service team will race KBM-033 for Friday’s race under the lights. This Tundra was raced earlier this season by Snider’s KBM teammate Harrison Burton at Dover International Raceway and Iowa Speedway.

KBM-033 Performance Profile:

 

Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
7
0
10.5
12.7
77

Notes of Interest:

Myatt Snider 2017:

  • Snider has posted five laps led, one top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.8 across six NCWTS starts this season

  • Recorded a career-best third-place finish in his most recent NCWTS start at Talladega Superspeedway (10/14/17)

  • 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 series 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
6
0
1
3
0
654
5
10.0
13.8
ARCA
1
0
0
1
0
102
0
10.0
9.0
CARS Super LM
7
1
1
4
2
636
145
5.1
9.3
NASCAR LM Stock
1
0
0
0
0
200
0
21.0
14.0
Totals
15
1
2
8
2
1,592
150
11.5
11.5

 

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), six top-five, eight top-10 finishes, 289 laps led and an average finish of 12.4 across 20 races in 2017

  • The team currently ranks fourth with 3,061 points after the first race in the Round of 6 for the 2017 NCWTS Owner’s Playoffs

  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 65 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

KBM NCWTS Program:

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (65), 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 65 wins, 36 poles, 157 top-five and 251 top-10 finishes across 412 starts since originating in 2010

  • Ten 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 Noah Gragson, Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph

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

KBM NCWTS @ Texas Motor Speedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected five wins, 516 laps led, 10 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.4 across 32 starts at the 1.5-mile track

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected two of his team’s wins (2010 & 2014), Erik Jones earned the victory in November 2015, William Byron took the checkered flag in June 2016 and Christopher Bell went to Victory Lane in June 2017

Hillman’s History:

Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., will be calling the shots for KBM’s No. 51 Toyota Racing team. Hillman Jr., helped Toyota capture its first-ever NASCAR national series championship when he guided Todd Bodine to the Truck Series title in 2006. The duo won 14 races as a pairing from 2006 to 2011 and topped the driver’s standings in NASCAR’s third division again in 2010. Overall in his 10-plus seasons atop the pit box, the New York native’s NCWTS drivers have collected 20 wins and 18 poles.

Hillman Jr., has six wins, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 20 starts as a crew chief in the NCWTS at Texas. Five of his six Texas wins came with Todd Bodine behind the wheel and his most recent victory in 2013 was with Jeb Burton.

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

10/14

Talladega

Snider

9

3

95/95

0

Running

2,109/5

10/28

Texas

Burton

10

4

200/200

0

Running

3,061/4

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

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