While most college students are currently pushing through the middle of a difficult semester, physics major Myatt Snider is all smiles as his 2017 racing season is about to get underway. Snider, the son of TV reporter Marty Snider, will race on Friday Night in front of a national audience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Though the 22-year old is relatively new to the series, he is backed with a lot of support from his family and many fans around the world. Snider is a familiar name for many of those involved in the racing community, as the 22-year old comes from a long line of family in the NASCAR world.
“My family has been heavily involved in racing for quite sometime,” said Snider on Friday afternoon. “My grandfather was one of the original car owners in NASCAR back in the 1950s when things were getting really serious. Of course my dad is a reporter in NASCAR. He’s worked for ESPN, TNT, NBC; all those guys. He has been around the sport since mid-90s. My cousin was also a NASCAR driver, he raced all the way up to the XFINITY Series and ran modifieds for a lot of his life. Now I am continuing the theme.”
The Charlotte, NC native is getting ready to tackle one of his busiest and most exciting seasons behind the wheel. He will pilot the No.51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports for a number of events this season.
“I’ve got eight Truck races lined up,” said Snider. “Two plate races with Daytona and Talladega, and all the rest are intermediate tracks. Twice at Texas, one at Kentucky, one at Chicago, one at Homestead and one at Las Vegas.”
Along with his races in the Camping World Truck Series, Snider will also be competing in many other events throughout the 2017 season. He will compete in numerous CARS Tour events and some NASCAR Late Model Stock Events. For those students who may want to go out and support their fellow Charlotte 49er, a large number of his races take place not too far from campus, including events in Concord, NC and Hickory, NC. More information about his 2017 races can be found at his website – http://myattsnider.com.
Balancing school and racing is something that is becoming commonplace for a number of students at UNCC. Snider is accompanied by fellow drivers Matt Tifft, Jesse Little, Joey Padgett, and many others who are gaining knowledge behind the wheel and behind the books. Snider recently transferred over to UNC Charlotte from Belmont Abbey, and he has been greatly enjoying the change of college scenery.
“It’s different,” stated Snider. “I went from a tiny school with 3,000 kids at the most, to a big school of like 24,000 students. It’s definitely an adjustment, but I like the depth of classes that I could take and all the diversity in the school; it’s pretty neat.”
Snider is currently at an age where most are told to enjoy every moment because life only continues to go by faster as you get older – but he already lives a fast-paced life. And on Friday night under the lights at the World Center of Racing, he will kick off a year that will keep him revved up in the fast lane, and those at UNC Charlotte and the surrounding community will certainly have their eyes set on the young-racing star.
Tonight’s race will get underway at 7:00PM on Fox Sports 1.