Crew Chief: Rich Lushes
Driver Point Standings: 23rd
Owner Point Standings: 25th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
Spotter: Brett Griffin
News and Notes:
This Week’s No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 51 for Saturday’s part two of NASCAR’s XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series double-header race day. Seeing success in two of its three previous races (two top-10 finishes – Pocono, Las Vegas), in addition to two wins in 2015 (Kentucky, Homestead), three poles (Kentucky, Homestead and Atlanta) and 212 laps led with teammate Matt Crafton behind the wheel.
Redemption… Although Snider’s season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 race day ended early after the No. 13 team was collected in an on-track incident at Lap 74, Snider showed strength near the front in his Ford F-150, running as high as second during the race, and scoring in seventh at the end of Stage 1.
Hot in Hotlanta… If Snider were to win Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, it won’t be the first time he’s celebrated in Victory Lane at the track. Not only did Snider win his first start in a Bandolero car at Atlanta in 2010, 2012 also saw Snider take the checkered flag, winning the Legends Nationals.
- Catch Snider at Atlanta… Snider will join fellow ThorSport Racing teammates for the NCWTS autograph session in the Midway at AMS’ Kid Zone from 9-9:45 a.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 24.
Chatting with Myatt Snider…
Talk about your race this weekend. What is it you’d like to accomplish in Atlanta, especially since you’ve found quite a bit of success there in past?
“I’m looking to continue the consistent success I’ve had at Atlanta since starting racing there. In 2010, I started racing Bandoleros, then Legends brought me to the track in 2012. Winning four of the 10 races in Thursday Thunder, then winning the Legends Nationals at Atlanta, I love that place. I haven’t run on the big track until now, but I feel my experience in late models will also translate over to the hot, slick nature of the track. To prepare, I’ve worked to lean on others, including my teammate Matt [Crafton], to learn about racing on the big surface. I feel it has helped give me a lot of confidence going into this weekend.”
Is there an Atlanta win that sticks out in your mind that’s sweeter than others?
“The Bandolero win was my first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and I’ve had a lot of fun at Atlanta since I’ve started racing there. The Legends Nationals win was also a big one for me – it was my first win on a national stage. With it being a culmination of Legends races across the country, it’s a huge honor. Winning that one was pretty sweet – I had a lot of national traction, and fellow driver David Ragan even tweeted me after winning. I’ve had a lot of fun and success at the track, and I look forward to continuing that momentum with Ford Performance behind us this weekend.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!