Myatt Snider to run full Xfinity season for RCR

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It isn’t the most traditional path, but Myatt Snider’s journey has led him to a full-time ride in the No. 2 Xfinity car in 2021, Richard Childress Racing announced Thursday.

Snider, who turns 26 on Dec. 30, will have TaxSlayer as sponsor and be with crew chief Andy Street.

Snider and Street were paired in the select number of races Snider ran for RCR this past season.

“We’re proud to be continuing our relationship with both Myatt Snider and TaxSlayer for the 2021 season,” said Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, in a statement from the team. “TaxSlayer is a great tax and financial company, who prides themselves on being family-focused, much like RCR. We’re looking forward to showing our fans the benefits of using TaxSlayer, as we approach both the racing season and tax season. I know that Myatt will do a great job representing both TaxSlayer and RCR on and off the racetrack.”

Snider’s journey to this opportunity includes a limited Truck ride in 2017 at Kyle Busch Motorsports, winning Truck Rookie of the Year in 2018 at ThorSport Racing, competing in NASCAR’s European series in 2019 and racing full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2020, split among two teams.

Snider drove eight races for Richard Childress Racing this past season. He drove the other 25 races for RSS Racing.

“The phrase that I can use is whatever works,” Snider, son of NASCAR on NBC pit reporter Marty Snider, said about his path the past few season.

“It’s definitely been a task that has not been a straight line, but I wouldn’t change any of it.”

Myatt Snider gained road racing experience while competing in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2019. That will prove helpful with seven of the 33 Xfinity races this coming season scheduled for road courses.

That number increased this week when NASCAR moved its February races from Auto Club Speedway to the Daytona road course because of “challenges resulting from the ongoing pandemic and the need for significant advance planning.”

Just as important was Snider running a full season last year in the Xfinity Series between Richard Childress Racing and RSS Racing. Snider had two top-five and three top-10 finishes for Richard Childress Racing and three top-10 finishes for RSS Racing.

“Being able to be at the track every week, learning what works, especially at certain racetracks, what works for the season-long championship, doing all the right things, that’s kind of what I was able to get a perspective on,” Snider said.

“There are some races that I would like to improve on. There’s also a lot of races I can point to and say, ‘Hey, for what I had there I did a pretty good job there.’ I wouldn’t have had that opportunity had I not been in a car every week being able to prove myself.

“Just building on that knowledge and building a solid foundation for getting into a car like this is important. If you go in blindly and then have to learn all those things going a lot faster, mistakes mean a lot more, especially when you know you have a chance to fight for a championship.”

Snider is part of a loaded Xfinity field in 2021. Three of the four drivers in this past season’s title race, including champion Austin Cindric, return. Eight of the top 10 drivers in points are back. They combined to win 21 of the 33 races last season.

“It’s really going to be a great Xfinity field,” Snider said. “I absolutely love that. That makes the races more exciting, more fun to run. It’s going to make getting those wins a little bit harder, but that means they’ll be more satisfying when I get them.”

Jordan Anderson in fiery crash in Talladega Truck race

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson was airlifted to an area hospital after being involved in a fiery crash during Saturday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Anderson’s car caught fire in the middle of a pack of drafting trucks. Flames burst from three areas around the truck as Anderson tried to slow the vehicle and move onto the track apron. The truck hit the inside wall. Anderson climbed from the vehicle in a cloud of smoke as it came to a stop.

Anderson, 31 and a resident of Forest Acres, S.C., was transported to the infield medical center before being airlifted. NASCAR confirmed Anderson’s trip to the hospital.

Fox Sports reported that a team member said Anderson had burns.

Anderson is a part-time driver in the Truck Series. He has a top finish of 14th this season.

Starting lineup for Talladega Cup race: Christopher Bell wins pole

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Six playoff drivers will start in the top 10 for Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Christopher Bell won the pole for the race Saturday with a speed of 180.591 miles per hour. He was followed by Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola and Chase Briscoe.

MORE: Talladega Cup starting lineup

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Playoff drivers starting in the top 10 are Bell, Larson, Hamlin, Briscoe, Ross Chastain (sixth) and William Byron (ninth).

Noah Gragson, who qualified seventh, is replacing Alex Bowman, who is sitting out the race with concussion-like symptoms.

Ryan Blaney, starting 19th, is the lowest playoff driver on the starting grid.

 

Christopher Bell wins Cup Series pole at Talladega Superspeedway

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Playoff driver Christopher Bell won the pole position Saturday for Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Bell, 11th in the playoff standings and below the cutline entering Sunday’s race, ran 180.591 mph to edge second-place Kyle Larson at 180.516.

Playoff drivers took six of the top-10 starting spots.

MORE: Talladega Cup qualifying results

The race is the second in the second round of the playoffs. Any playoff driver who wins the race will automatically advance to the next round.

Joey Logano leads the playoff standings.

Noah Gragson, replacing Alex Bowman, who is sitting out the race with concussion-like symptoms, qualified seventh.

The race (2 p.m., ET) will be broadcast by NBC.

 

 

Sunday Talladega Cup race: Start time, TV info, weather

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Sunday will mark a difficult crossroads for NASCAR. As several of its top drivers express serious concerns about safety, the Cup Series is at Talladega Superspeedway, the circuit’s biggest track and site of many massive wrecks over its 53 years of existence.

Adding to the tension is the fact that Sunday’s 188-lap, 500-mile race is the middle event in the second round of the playoffs. With a win automatically advancing any of the 12 playoff drivers to the next round, the final laps are likely to be frantic.

Sunday’s race (2 p.m. ET, NBC) will begin with Joey Logano atop the playoff point standings. Following him in the top eight are Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott and Chase Briscoe.

Below the cutline are Austin Cindric, William Byron, Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman. Byron fell below the line this week when NASCAR penalized him for bumping Hamlin under caution during last Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports has appealed the penalty.

Bowman will miss Sunday’s race because of concussion-like symptoms he has experienced after a crash at Texas. Noah Gragson will replace him.

Bell won the pole Saturday with a speed of 180.591 mph.

Details for Sunday’s race:

START: The command to start engines will be given by Jimmy Rane, president of Great Southern Wood Preserving, at 1:52 p.m. (ET). … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:04 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 11 a.m. … Driver introductions are at 1:15 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Barbara Embry, chaplin of Citizens Baptist Medical Center, at 1:43 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by the 313th U.S. Army Band at 1:45 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 188 laps (500 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 60. Stage 2 ends at Lap 120.

STARTING LINEUP: Talladega Cup starting lineup

TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 1 p.m. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 1 p.m. … SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Mainly sunny. High of 78. 5% chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Bubba Wallace won last October’s race, which was shortened to 117 laps by rain. Brad Keselowski was second.

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