The state of Kentucky may be known for its horse racing, but on Thursday night a different kind of "horsepower" will be set to race in the Bluegrass State. This time, 22-year-old Myatt Snider will once again pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for his third start of the 2017 season.
The 1.5-mile tri-oval in Kentucky is the first track on Snider's schedule where he has prior experience racing. Snider made his track debut in the ARCA Racing Series in September 2016. He started that race from the 10th position and posted a 25th-place finish. Although Snider has that experience, when he jumps in his No. 51 Tundra, there will be an additional layer of asphalt on the track that wasn't there last fall when he raced. But, Snider and the No. 51 team will have three practices on Wednesday to get the Tundra dialed in for Thursday's race.
Snider made his 2017 NCWTS debut at Daytona International Speedway in February, scoring a top-10 finish to start the season and was in place to grab a second top 10 at Texas until a late-race spin resulted in a 16th-place finish. After Kentucky, the rookie can be seen behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in four more races in the 2017 season, including Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sept. 15, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Sept. 30, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Oct. 14 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.
When the drivers start their engines Thursday night under the lights, Snider will have a new sponsor on the hood of his No. 51 Tundra, Liberty Tax Service. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., last year Liberty Tax Service prepared over two million individual income tax returns in more than 4,000 offices and online. Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor to many charitable causes.
With Liberty Tax Service on board, the patriotic-themed No. 51 Tundra will not be hard to spot on the race track, just look for the Tundra donning the American Flag. As America celebrates its birthday this week, Snider hopes to continue the celebration and take his red, white and blue No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra to Victory Lane Thursday night.