ARCA: Myatt Snider Wins at Toledo in ‘Phenomenal’ Series Debut


TOLEDO, Ohio – Myatt Snider culminated his busy month of May by picking up the victory at Toledo Speedway in his ARCA Racing Series debut. Snider passed Kyle Weatherman on Lap 167 and never looked back, leading the final 34 laps en route to victory lane in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

“That was some good, hard racing. It was a lot of fun,” Snider said of the move to take the lead from Weatherman. “I was just barely able to dig underneath him (Weatherman) and get the lead and it was all up front from there.”

While Snider had a strong No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford throughout the 200 laps on Sunday afternoon, it was his teammate at Cunningham Motorsports, Chase Briscoe, who had the dominant car. Briscoe led 157 laps before losing spots on the last pit stop and finishing fourth.

“It went phenomenal. Cunningham Motorsports put together a phenomenal piece for me,” Snider said of his debut.

“Paul Andrews and Jeff Caudill worked their butts off for this. I’m glad I was able to put the last and final step into this by putting this team and Louisiana Hot Sauce in victory lane.”

The victory culminated what has been a very busy month of May for the 21-year-old driver. Snider’s nine-race deal with Cunningham Motorsports was announced on May 4 and he spent almost every day at the shop in addition to testing with the team at Motor Mile Speedway, Toledo and Michigan International Speedway.

And it wasn’t just the car that Snider had to adjust to, it was also making live pit stops. With Snider’s Late Model background, he had only made live pit stops once during his career, earlier this season at Caraway Speedway.

“It was different. I was told quite a few things before going into this start and I tried to keep that in mind,” Snider said of the two times his team hit pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments. “There are still things that I want to get down into muscle memory and get to where it comes naturally. We were able to gain position every time on pit road.”

Snider spoke with Rubbings Racing earlier this week, and joked that he would love to one-up Todd Gilliland, who won the race at Toledo last season, also in his ARCA debut.

“I don’t know how many laps Todd Gilliland led but maybe if I led more that would be considered a one up,” Snider said with a big grin. “I’m just happy that I was able to get the win here.”

Gilliland led just four laps last year en route to the victory in the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota.

Snider’s victory continued a trend in 2016 ARCA Racing Series competition as he was the fourth consecutive first-time winner in the series, joining Josh Williams (Nashville), Christopher Bell (Salem) and Gus Dean (Talladega).

Dalton Sargeant, Kyle Weatherman, Briscoe, Matt Kurzejewski, Josh Williams, Gus Dean, Tom Hessert, Brian Keselowski, and Bo LeMastus rounded out the top-10.

The ARCA Racing Series returns to action next Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

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Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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