By: Ashley McCubbin
Being to ride the high side and rip the fence is something Myatt Snider says is “the funnest thing he’s ever done in a racecar.” However, when he first began going to Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, everything did not mesh right away with a pair of finishes just outside the top-10.
Though returning to the Miami oval last year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series car, it seems he’s hit on something as he placed 15th and seventh in the pair of races.
“The first two years I went there in Trucks, I did everything and anything that I could and I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me, and then in an Xfinity Series car, it just clicked,” Snider told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “So I felt like last year was good practice in our Louisiana Hot Sauce Camaro and this year we’re going back with TaxSlayer and Richard Childress Racing – probably one of the best Xfinity teams in the garage.
“Obviously they showed their strength in 2019 with Tyler Reddick ripping the fence at Homestead, so hopefully we can go out there and show the same kind of performance.”
Comparing the pair of vehicles, Snider feels the aerodynamics are a huge part in finding the feel now.
“I guess the biggest thing I can think of in my mind is the way the truck is shaped,” he explained. “It has the long side panel, but what it doesn’t have is the spoiler really close to the greenhouse, which is basically the roof of the car. So the air coming up over has a longer time to travel before it hits the spoiler, which creates more sideforce, so you kind of feel the wall working a lot quicker than in the truck where you have to great really close.”
Snider is getting his chance to run the full Xfinity schedule for the second time in his career, but will spend all 33 events with Richard Childress Racing, rather than splitting time between RCR and RSS Racing.
“Basically, it just gave me 33 chances to get acclimated to all the race tracks on the schedule and allowed me to be in the car every week,” he spoke of the opportunity. “So really that just allowed me to get into a rhythm and get all the processes set-up I needed to do to run in a competitive car. I think the best thing about that was entering spaced out races in the 21, so it helped me have refreshers of what I was doing right and what I was doing wrong. I think we really hit our stride at Pocono last year when we almost won the race. Now that I’m in the 2 car full-time, I get to show my strengths.”
While he has started off 2021 with a seventh and 13th, Snider showed promise last season with a pair of top-five’s and six top-10’s. The success should only continue to grow with more experience, and growing used to how the track changes through a run.
“There’s just adapting with how the track changes – that’s one of the things I noticed that I struggled a little bit on my own with the 93,” he commented. “But luckily, I’ve got a lot of experience behind me at RCR and my crew chief Andy Street has been around the garage for years so everybody has been really phenomenal and that’ll be easy to get through.”