Throughout the season, Rob Tiongson interviews various drivers and personalities in the world of NASCAR. Today, he catches up with Myatt Snider, driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro fielded by Richard Childress Racing.
By ROB TIONGSON
I think it’s funny because me and Chase both kind of started at the same place as far as national series racing goes. So we were both teammates at Cunningham Motorsports in 2016. He ran a full-time season. I only ran like nine races – I think it was nine races – during that year, and a couple of other late model races in between there to kind of keep the schedule filled. But I always thought me and his skill sets were kind of similar. We both had equal amounts of skill, but in different areas.
Obviously, I’ve been an asphalt racer my whole life, and he’s been a dirt racer. So he would always drive a much looser car than I would, and so that kind of played to his strengths at some of the places like mile-and-a-halfs and all that, whereas my knowledge of asphalt racing came into play at short tracks and all that, procedural stuff and restarts and all that. So, I felt like there were times this year where me and him kind of went toe-to-toe in different areas, and in fact, I think it was the second Darlington, I found myself P10 on the final restart and he was coming back through the field, and he couldn’t get past me in the last couple laps. So that was kind of validating to do that in the No. 93. So that was a pretty cool moment. But yeah, I’ve always respected Chase, and I feel like definitely with the guys that I’m with and the team that I’m with this year, we have a really great chance of picking up a couple wins.
I think NASCAR has done a really good job with cultivating the XFINITY series schedule, even with the challenges of COVID-19. I think replacing Daytona for Fontana is the perfect fix for that kind of an issue. The fact that we’re going to the Daytona road course, it’s a place I ran really well at in the No. 93, and I feel like we’ve got a chance to win in the No. 2. And going to some of these new tracks like COTA and Nashville is definitely going to be really cool. The XFINITY series hasn’t been there in, I think, nine years.
Going to a place that hasn’t been run in a while, it might be a little bit more worn out now since it’s kind of sat in the sun for a while, and COTA’s definitely going to be cool, because I think they said it was like 20 turns or something. We’re running the full layout. So that to me is really awesome, and I think the schedule is actually really in my favor this year, or next year, because there’s going to be lots of road courses and lots of high wear racetracks. It’s going to be a lot of fun this year.
Well, I guess I’m a guy who flies under the radar half the time. I’ve spent a lot of my time in the No. 93 last year, and that kind of obviously is an under-the-radar ride. I pushed that thing to its max with performance. And also I meme on Twitter, so all the memes on Twitter is really great. You’ve got to follow my page for that to see those. And of course I think there’s a good chance that we win at least a couple races this year, you know? Everybody likes… well, I guess there’s a certain point where people start liking you at so many wins, and then once you get above that certain amount, then people start hating you. But there’s definitely a chance that I could win some races this year.
Well, I think my brand of doing stuff has always kind of been, I guess, contactless, you could say, because I interact with a lot of people on Twitter, and I try to interact with everybody on Twitter. There were times that I did pretty good at it last year, and times I could have improved on, but I’m definitely going to be a lot better this year because racing is pretty much my only focus for 2021. But yeah, I try and stay in contact with all my fans on Twitter. I think we at RCR did something called the RCR Virtual Fanzone where we kind of jumped on this live chat thing, where we met with a host, they asked us questions, and then we could read questions off from people who were watching the stream. So yeah, I think we’ve definitely adapted pretty well to trying to keep the fans involved and up to date without having to put anybody at risk, so we’ve done a pretty good job at that.
I’m a huge math nerd. I love math. I’ve been studying it at UNC Charlotte for a while now. Of course that’s kind of come in peaks and valleys because of the racing. But yeah, I actually study math, which is an insane thing to do because only insane people like to study math. But yes, I also fly airplanes. I do love controlling vehicles, so being able to fly up in the air’s a pretty cool thing, and I’m pretty close to getting my pilot’s license. So that will be cool when I get that. And I have a cat named Nala. a domestic short-hair, a tortoiseshell cat, so she’s all black, orange, and white. So she’s really cute.