Race 8 of 23: Texas Motor Speedway
Track Length: 1.5-miles
Race Distance: 167 laps I 250.5 miles
Format: Three Stages (Stage 1: 40 laps, Stage 2: 40 laps, Final Stage: 87 laps, ending at Lap 167.)
ThorSport Racing at Texas Motor Speedway
ThorSport Racing has made 83 starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 18 different drivers (Ben Rhodes, Cameron Hayley, Cody Coughlin, Dakoda Armstrong, David Gilliland, Grant Enfinger, Jason Small, Jeb Burton, Johnny Sauter, Kerry Earnhardt, Lance Hooper, Matt Crafton, Rico Abreu, Shelby Howard, Terry Cook, Todd Bodine, Tracy Hines, and Willie Allen) since 1997. The Sandusky, Ohio-based team’s success includes 680 laps led en route to four wins (Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton), 22 top-five and 43 top-10 finishes.
Ford Fact – Texas Motor Speedway
Friday’s Rattlesnake 400 is one of 15 tracks on the 2018, 23-race schedule that Ford powered F-150’s have found victory lane. In 40 races at the Fort Worth, TX track, Ford Performance is credited with three wins; Kenny Irwin, Jr. (1997), Tony Raines (1998), and Greg Biffle (2000).
Crew Chief: Rich Lushes
Driver Point Standings: 10th
Owner Point Standings: 13th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
Spotter: Brett Griffin
News and Notes:
- This Week’s No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 51 for Friday’s Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Last competing at Atlanta Motor Speedway in February, the truck saw a strong run with Snider behind the wheel, leading three laps en route to a seventh-place finish in the Peach State. The chassis previously earned two top-10 finishes with Cody Coughlin in 2017 (Pocono Raceway – eighth, Las Vegas Motor Speedway – sixth), and a pole award at Atlanta Motor Speedway and top-10 finish at Kentucky Speedway with Matt Crafton piloting the truck. With Crafton leading the field twice to the green flag in 2015 (Kentucky and Homestead-Miami Speedway), the chassis went on to claim victory in the same two races, while additionally claiming a third-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway that same season. Overall, the chassis has two wins, three poles, three top-five and four top-10 finishes, and 215 laps led over its career.
- Texas Two-Step… Despite competing for Sunoco Racing Rookie of the Year honors this season, Snider already has two starts in the Lone Star State to his credit. Previously earning a 16th and 12th-place finish, respectively, last year, Snider led 21 laps in the fall event in 2017 with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Looking to build and improve upon both his 2018 season, and his two starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Snider enters Texas with momentum and anticipation.
- Catch Snider at Texas… Snider will join fellow ThorSport Racing teammates, and other NCWTS drivers, for a series autograph session, Friday, June 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. CT, located in the Midway at the Texas Motor Speedway display near Gate 4.
Chatting with Myatt Snider…
“Texas this weekend should suit our strengths – it’s a really fast mile-and-a-half track. Turns 1 and 2 are really tricky, and it is difficult to pass, but I think we’re ready and will make the most of it. We’re taking Chassis 51, a truck that had a good showing at Atlanta, with a seventh-place finish, and has had a successful past. I’ve had the opportunity to make both of my two starts at Texas Motor Speedway since the repave, leading almost an entire stage the second time I was there, so as long as we put ourselves in position to be up front, I think we’ll stay up front this weekend in our Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!