By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
After several incident filled weeks, Myatt Snider chipped away at the Playoff gap and earned a top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway.
At the track nicknamed ‘Too Tough to Tame,’ Snider kept the nose of his No. 93 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevrolet Camaro SS clean. The RSS Racing driver didn’t break into the top-10 until the final stage of the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200. At first, Snider’s time inside the top-10 was brief.
The 25-year-old slipped just outside the top-10 prior to the final caution on lap 119. Snider followed the leaders down pit road as crew chief Jeff Green called for fresh tires. He restarted just outside the top-15 and followed NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin through the field.
However, the Charlotte N.C. native, whose paint scheme was honoring Jimmie Lewallen, who won driving for Snider’s grandfather, fought a tight racecar. Snider managed to climb to 10th before stalling out. He took the checkered flag in 10th, ahead of Playoff bubble driver Brandon Brown in 17th.
“Thanks to RSS Racing and Reaume Brothers Racing for busting their butts all day, making changes, getting the car in the right direction” Snider explained post-race on Twitter. “It was just a fantastic day for us. We were battling top-15 most of the day, kept creeping forward and creeping forward until we were in the top-10. Just was a little too tight to get to P9.
“I’ll take a top-10 after the last couple of weekends we’ve had. Great turn around for us and it gives us some great momentum going into next weekend.”
Super proud of everyone today. Another top 10 for the @LA_Hot_Sauce @RSS383993 /@RBR_Teams 93 team. Never gave up all day, we fought hard. Great weekend! Thanks for the help Jimmie 🤙 pic.twitter.com/gwapK2G6U7
— 𝘔𝘺𝘢𝘵𝘵 𝘚𝘯𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 (@MyattSnider) September 5, 2020
Snider started the race mid-pack in 20th. He avoided an early race incident that swept up Brown and teammate Ryan Sieg. Both drivers are ahead of Snider in the battle for the final spot in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. However, he was unable to take advantage of their misfortune while Sieg recovered to earn Stage points.
The 10th-place finish is the sixth top-10 in Snider’s Xfinity Series career. It is also the 19th top-10 for the son of NASCAR on NBC’s Marty Snider in National Series competition.
Snider remains 14th in the points standings despite the top-10 finish. He is 564-points behind leader Austin Cindric. In the battle for the final spot in the Playoffs, Snider is 51-points behind Brown with three races left in the regular season.
Photo by NKP / NKP Photo