After wrecking on the first lap of his last start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Myatt Snider was looking to complete all the laps yesterday at Talladega Superspeedway. The 22-year-old did that, and he also managed to score his best career finish of third.
Snider started the race in ninth and quickly started to move up more positions and gain track position. By the end of Stage 1, the part-time rookie driver had moved his way to the fifth-place position, and earned six stage points.
The second stage was much of the same for Snider. He held his ground, and was in front of all the calamity. Snider managed to gain a few spots on his Stage 1 finish, and wound up in third.
By Stage 3, Snider had shown he had a strong enough truck to win the race. When the race restarted following the stage break caution, Snider found himself in second alongside Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell. As he began accelerating, he got a push from the truck behind him and was in a battle with Bell for the lead. At attempt to make a move down to the bottom lane didn’t work, and the No. 51 truck was freightlined by those behind him for position.
Having lost spots and needing to gain ground on those in front of him, the No. 51 was able to do that by surviving several late-race crashes to come away with a third-place finish, and the third top-10 of his young career.
“We had a crazy day. My KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota Tundra was really fast all day. We had good speed and were able to draft really well. It was just a wild race,” Snider said in a team release. “We had a little bit of an incident there with the 13 (Cody Coughlin) – I don’t know exactly what happened, but it looks like he got up into me or I got down on him. It happened so fast. I’m just proud of these guys for giving me great pit stops and a great truck and a great sponsor. Just a great result and happy for this whole team.”