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Kickin The Tires

Snider earns career best finish at Pocono

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

Richard Childress Racing’s Myatt Snider was along for the ride as he earned his career best finish at Pocono Raceway.

The driver of the No. 21 TaxSlayer Chevrolet Camaro SS was at the center of the race-changing incident in the Pocono Green 225. On a restart on lap 52, Snider had a run on Noah Gragson. However, there was nowhere for him to go. Daniel Hemric, who was behind him, had been pushing the No. 21.

As Snider lifted, he got into Gragson’s No. 9 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. That set off a chain reaction that left several cars torn up. Gragson, Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Ryan Sieg were all involved.

Following the incident, Snider cruised in second, until Chase Briscoe cut a tire and spun. The son of NASCAR on NBC reporter Marty Snider inherited the lead. However, he slowly fell back to third. During the final caution, crew chief Andy Street gambled and called the No. 21 to pit road. With four fresh tires, Snider rocketed back to fourth when the checkered flag waved.

“It was a great day for us,” explained Snider. “We were up front leading laps and had a great chance to win in our TaxSlayer Chevrolet Camaro. I hate we got involved earlier with that incident that took out so many cars. I was getting a big push from behind and had a run on the 9 car. Knew we were going to funnel up very quickly, so I started lifting out of it, but the guy behind me didn’t.

“I hate it for those guys, but I’m thankful we were able to make it through without damage. In the end it just came down to experience for me. I’ve only had a select few races with this RCR car. It has so much speed, I just need to get myself a little more consistent.

“Kudos to my RCR guys for bringing such a fast TaxSlayer Camaro. I had a blast today. I just need to get a little more experience and I think we’ll be able to win some races.”

Before the lap 52 incident, Snider was having a career day. He started second following the draw for the starting grid. Snider avoided multiple incidents to finish the first two stages inside the top-10.

The fourth-place finish is the second top-five of Snider’s NASCAR Xfinity Series career and his second consecutive in RCR equipment. It is also his fourth career top-10 finish, three have come with Childress with one at Homestead-Miami Speedway coming with RSS Racing. Snider is splitting time between the two teams for the full 2020 schedule.

The top-five moved Snider from 14th in the points standings to 12th. He now holds the final playoff berth with a four-point cushion over Brandon Brown. Snider is 241-points behind leader Briscoe.

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