Myatt Snider Wins at Toledo in ARCA Debutby Kyle Pokrefky May 23, 2016 0 comments
TOLEDO, Ohio — 21-year-old Myatt Snider was not to be denied at Toledo Speedway on Sunday as the driver of the No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford wheeled his way into victory lane at the conclusion of the Menards 200.
Snider came out on top in a late duel with Dalton Sargeant and Kyle Weatherman to collect his first-ever ARCA Racing Series victory in what was also his first-ever start in the Toledo-based series.
The Charlotte, N.C. native became the latest first-time winner in the 2016 ARCA campaign, making for the fourth consecutive debut winner this season following Josh Williams (Nashville), Christopher Bell (Salem) and Gus Dean (Talladega.)
“It went phenomenally,” Snider said of his debut ARCA race. “Kerry Scherer and Briggs Cunningham put together a phenomenal piece for me. [My crew] worked their butts off for this and I’m glad I was able to get the last and final step into this [by] running the race well.
“To be able to put Louisiana Hot Sauce in victory lane, I couldn’t be any more happy about it.”
Watching him navigate his way around the half-mile short track, you wouldn’t have thought that Sunday’s race winner was a rookie making his debut. The ultimate pass for the win came with a perfectly executed bump-and-run maneuver on Weatherman off of Turn 4 with less than 40 laps to go.
“That was some good, hard racing there, it was a lot of fun,” Snider stated. “I was able to just dig underneath him and I was able to get to him off of Turn 4 and I was able to pass him getting into Turn 1 and it was all up front from there.”
Snider prevailed in what turned out to be a Cunningham Motorsports stranglehold on the top spot of the race. Teammate and fourth-place finisher Chase Briscoe was the dominant driver of the race with over 150 laps led to his credit, but a slow pit sent him down the order for the final restart.
The driver of the No. 77 Big Tine Ford was able to pick up two spots over the course of the final run from a sixth-place restart position, but he feels that had he had an inside restart position he could’ve gotten up to Snider to battle for the win.
“I don’t really know, it’s hard to know what’s going on inside the car, but we lost three or four positions,” Briscoe said of his pit road issues. “[Brian] Keselowski left a wedge wrench inside his car and he had to re-pit, if he didn’t have to do that, we would have been on the inside and Myatt would have been on the outside.
“It’s a part of it and part of the circumstances of racing here, it’s pretty bottom dominant over here. If we started on the inside on that last restart, I feel like we would have had a different result.”
Unofficially, Briscoe will retain his points lead exiting Toledo with a new gap of 40 points back to Josh Williams.
Rounding out the top-10 of the race standings were Matt Kurzejewski, Williams, Dean, Tom Hessert and Keselowski.
Four caution flags flew in the 200-lap race with the first being for an incident involving Dean and Sheldon Creed and the next two being for solo spins by Thomas Praytor and Frank Jiovani. The final caution of the race was for debris in Turn 3.
The ARCA Racing Series will return to action next week at New Jersey Motorsports Park with the NJMP ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels.
Results of the Menards 200
- 22 – Myatt Snider
- 55 – Dalton Sargeant
- 58 – Kyle Weatherman
- 77 – Chase Briscoe
- 52 – Matt Kurzejewski
- 6 – Josh Williams
- 98 – Gus Dean
- 25 – Tom Hessert
- 5 – Brian Keselowski
- 42 – Bo LeMastus
- 80 – Scott Reeves
- 36 – Michael Lira
- 38 – Sheldon Creed
- 9 – Thomas Praytor
- 10 – Austin Nemire
- 15 – Cole Williams
- 69 – Brian Finney
- 14 – Dustin Knowles
- 34 – Mike Basham
- 2 – Frank Jiovani
- 27 – A.J. Fike
- 61 – Jake Francis
- 48 – Brad Smith
- 06 – Con Nicolopoulos
- 0 – Mat Vainner
- 65 – Jeffrey MacZink
- 00 – Wayne Peterson
- 23 – Chase Storch
- 64 – Richard Hauck
Photo Credit: Kyle Pokrefky/The Fourth Turn