Myatt Snider Outruns Tommy Lemons Jr. And Lee Pulliam To Win UNOH Battle At The Beachby Hunter Thomas November 22, 2015 0 comments
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Myatt Snider held off Tommy Lemons Jr. and Lee Pulliam On Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway to win the UNOH Battle at the Beach.
Prior to Saturday night, Snider’s latest accomplishment was finishing third in the CARS Tour’s championship standings. Throughout the season, he accumulated one pole, 10 top-10 and five top-five finishes. However, he didn’t earn any wins throughout the tour’s 10-race season. Entering the UNOH Battle at the Beach, he was definitely a driver to keep an eye on, and at the end of the night, he outran some of the best Late Model drivers in the country.
“These guys (crew) are the hardest working people in the business, and I can’t be anymore thankful to have them with me,” Snider said. “It’s a great night.”
Snider started Saturday night’s UNOH Battle at the Beach in the fifth position, and he ran up front all night long. On lap 126, Snider made his way around pole sitter, Tommy Lemons Jr. for the race lead. Lemons Jr. was able to run him back down and retake the lead on Lap 179. However, three laps later, Snider edged Lemons Jr. to the line, and on the same lap, the caution came out.
On the restart, Snider restarted on the high side and took off as Lemons Jr. appeared to have spun his tires. The battle for the race began heating up as Snider led Lemons Jr. and 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, Lee Pulliam. The final caution of the night came out on lap 191, and this time, Snider restarted on the inside with Lemons Jr. on the outside.
“Both lines worked for me,” Snider said. “I just had a feeling that the outside might work a little better, and it did initially, but I think it was because Tommy (Lemons Jr.) spun his tires. So, I went to the bottom, and it ended up working out, so, either way we kept the win. I’m so proud of my guys.”
In the end, Myatt Snider earned his first career UNOH Battle at the Beach victory with Tommy Lemons Jr., this year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner finishing just behind him. Following the race, Lemons Jr. was disappointed about the runner-up finish considering that the team started on the pole and led most of the race. The victory came down to the final two restarts towards the end of the race.
“All-in-all we can’t hang our heads too bad,” Lemons Jr. said. “We had a strong weekend, and we had a strong race car all weekend. We finished second, qualified on the pole, led a lot of the race and the driver let us down at the end.”
As for third place finisher, Lee Pulliam, he felt like a third place finish was generous. The team had been fast all weekend long, and he even won his heat race, but the team struggled during the first half of the race as Pulliam rode just inside the top-10. During the competition caution on lap 125, the team made a huge overhaul on adjustments, and that enabled Pulliam to race his way to the front of the pack and challenge for the victory.
“Struggled big time in the first half,” Pulliam said. “We were able to hold on to seventh, and I really felt like we had about a 15th or 20th place race car. Made overhaul adjustments there. I didn’t know if we’d go to the front or to the rear, but it was one of those deals where we made the right call and had a shot to win it, you know. Just things didn’t quite fall our way. We didn’t need the caution with 18 to go. Got brake checked on the last restart, and it just didn’t quite work out.”
Finishing fourth was 2015 Myrtle Beach Speedway tack champion, Sam Yarbrough. Jake Crum crossed the finish line in fifth. Rounding out the top-10 was Brenden Queen, Myrtle Beach Speedway regular Justin Milliken, Jamey Caudill, Greg Edwards and Noah Gragson.