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Snider Scores First Top-Five of Season at Gateway

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

Being in the right position at the right time scored Myatt Snider his first top-five of the 2018 season. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver finished fourth in his first trip to Gateway Motorsports Park.

On the final restart of the Villa Lighting Delivers the Eaton 200, Snider jumped inside the top-five. He narrowly avoided the spinning truck of Brett Moffitt as he took advantage of the ensuing chaos. Snider drove around others that were slowing to avoid the incident his No. 13 The Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150. The cause of the final caution was a combination of debris and the stalled truck of Snider’s teammate, Ben Rhodes.

Snider was the only ThorSport Racing truck to avoid trouble throughout the night. Matt Crafton was hampered late by a battery issue, Grant Enfinger encountered two flat left-rear tires under green, and Rhodes suffered a host of issues. It was the misfortunes of both his teammates, and others, that ultimately put Snider in position to jump from running outside the top-10 to take the checkered flag in fourth-place.

“Well, we didn’t have the strongest truck all night,” Snider said. “We kept adjusting on it, and kept adjusting on it, and did our best to stay on top of things. Just made up a lot of positions on that last restart. Great job by my whole team, great points day for us.”

The fourth-place finish was not only the first top-five finish of the season for Snider, but also his fourth top-10 finish of the season. He remains ninth in the Championship Points Standings, 184-Points behind Points Leader Johnny Sauter. Snider is also 29-points behind the cutoff for the Playoffs, held by Rhodes.

Now Snider and the entire ThorSport Racing team will look to have a better night at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, June 29 in the Overton’s 225.

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.