DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — With 5 laps remaining in Saturday’s Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300, the annual NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener, Myatt Snider said a prayer. As action was picking up to go for the win at the Daytona International Speedway, that’s usually when danger strikes.
Racing inches away from your peers at these speeds require the upmost concentration. So, while he had a brief moment while traveling at speeds in excess of 180 mph, Snider looked to the lord above for safety in his No. 31 Chevrolet.
Normally chaos strikes at the end of these races and quite typically, carnage ensues. Lots of it.
In this case on Saturday, Snider had a Bible verse taped to the inside of his car. It was put there pre race. You need serenity in these races and any reminder is necessary.
Isaiah 40:31 –
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…”
Coming to the white flag, Snider was sixth. Right in the middle of things where he could win, crash or fade to the back. You have to be aggressive.
Instead, he was the one crashing. He wrecked on the Daytona Superstretch when he was turned facing the outside SAFER barrier right in the eyes. His car would hit head-on which lifted the car up the rear end towards the catch fencing.
While it was in the fence, the car tilted again and shredded the engine and other pieces on the front end off. It was so violent pieces ended up in Michael Jordan’s motor home on the other side of the wall.
His car would ricochet back onto the track and slide down to the infield grass dropping bits and pieces along the way.
Amazingly enough, the only things of Sniders car not affected was that Bible verse and his seat. He limped away but had no other injuries.
Snider expects to be racing at Fontana next week.