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Despite running a part-time schedule this season for ThorSport Racing, Myatt Snider is making the most of his limited opportunities.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native and driver of the No. 27 earned his 12th career top 10 finish and third straight at Martinsville Speedway with his sixth-place run in Saturday’s (March 23) TruNorth Global 250.
“This truck could have won,” Snider said. “I just struggled to get underneath people. It rotated so good until I got right up next to somebody. That’s something we can probably work on. But when we were mired back like that, we were really fast. One of the fastest trucks on the track pretty regularly. [I’m] really happy with the truck, just not happy with the finish […] it’s good to run well with a team that you like, that’s a good sign for the rest of the season.”
Snider’s previous experience at the Virginia half-mile has proved dividends in the last few trips, as The Paperclip suits his driving style to a tee.
“It’s a short track I’ve been going to for a long time,” he said. “ThorSport has a good history here. It’s good to come here with a good team you have rapport with and a good sponsor. We had all that today with ThorSport, Ford Performance and TaxSlayer. I’m really happy with the run today. I just wish we could have gotten some track position because we were pretty much the fastest car on track regularly. It’s good when you’re disappointed with a sixth-place finish.”
Per usual with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and at Martinsville, the race had a fair amount of beating and banging throughout, leaving trucks with battle scars galore. Snider’s No. 27 was no different.
“[We] just got knocked around by a couple people,” he said. “Nobody seems to even try to make a pass anymore, they just kind of move you out of the way. That kind of affected our race towards the end. Because I was in the top four with about 30 to go and got knocked out of the way by two separate people. It’s just the nature of the beast here, so you gotta keep that in mind.”
Focus is imperative at a short track with things happening all around you for laps upon laps. So much so that a little too much information in your ear can be a detriment whilst in pursuit of a checkered flag.
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“For some reason my truck took awhile to fire off,” Snider said. “I was trying to keep it collected and [Brett Griffin, spotter] was telling me a bunch of information that was actually helpful, but it was just coming so fast that I couldn’t process it all. I just needed some peace and quiet for a couple minutes.”
The next event for the NGOTS will take place at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.