Crew Chief: Rich Lushes
Driver Point Standings: 9th
Owner Point Standings: 12th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
Spotter: Richard Coleman
News and Notes:
- This Week’s No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 49 for Saturday night’s Villa Eaton 200 presented by CK Power. Making its second on-track appearance of the season, the truck made its first start of 2018 at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year, where Snider saw his season-best finish of sixth, after starting ninth. Making four on-track appearances in 2017, the chassis saw its highest finish of 12th at Gateway Motorsports Park. Wheeled by Snider’s teammate Ben Rhodes in 2016, Rhodes roped in his first career pole at Martinsville, and two career-best finishes of fourth and second at Iowa Speedway and Gateway, respectively, in addition to a fourth-place start at Bristol and a second-place finish at Martinsville in the fall. Making its track debut at Martinsville in 2015, the chassis saw its highest finish at the short track in the fall, a third-place nod, after starting second.
- Rookie Run… Although Snider will make his track debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday night, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has turned laps at the 1.25-mile asphalt oval before, prior to the July 2017 repave. Snider tested a NCWTS truck while competing for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017, but looks to compete, along with the rest of the field, for the first time since implementation of the new surface Saturday night.
- Crew Chief Corner… Competing in two previous events at Gateway, crew chief Rich Lushes has found success and victory lane at the egg-shaped oval. Previously truck chief with Cole Custer, Lushes and the team took the green flag from the pole, finishing sixth in 2014, and following up with a win after leading 19 laps in 2015.
- Catch Snider at Gateway… Snider will join fellow ThorSport Racing teammates, and other NCWTS drivers, for a series autograph session, Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. CT, located under the grand stands behind the start/finish line at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Chatting with Myatt Snider…
“With the recent repave, Gateway this weekend will almost feel brand-new. I tested there last year, however that was before the repave happened. I don’t have much experience on-track at Gateway outside of that, and it could feel totally different from last year’s test. I’m confident, though. My crew chief [Rich Lushes] has won there before, and I feel we will be able to unload and be quick. With the repave, it will make the groove a lot narrower, leading to limited passing. Before, you could move around, but it was difficult to pass. It may be a little more difficult to pass this time – you’ll have to try and set people up as best as you can. It’ll be more of a challenge, and it may be slick outside of the groove, but I’m looking forward to the race weekend with our No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150 team.”