Despite being just 24 years old, Myatt Snider is the most experienced oval racer in the ELITE 2 Division field in 2019 and one of the favorites for the NASCAR GP Netherlands at Raceway Venray. Fresh of a top-10 finish at Gateway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on June 22, the Charlotte native clocked a 19.971 seconds lap to lead practice in first oval racing weekend in Europe.
When a sudden shower hit the track in the closing minutes of the session, Snider stayed on track and kept running at an impressive pace. It was the first time the American drove a NASCAR car in wet conditions around a half-mile banked oval.
Martin Doubek, who took part in six races at Raceway Venray in his NASCAR career, was second, just 26 thousands of a second behind Snider. His Hendriks Motorsport team mate Giorgio Maggi was third only 0.137 seconds slower than the American. The Swiss put the experience he gained in a couple of local races at the track to good use.
PK Carsport driver Barry Maessen, son of track owner Harry Maessen, was fourth ahead of Dexwet-Df1 Racing’s Lasse Soerensen, who was fastest among the drivers to put wheels on an oval for the very first time. The Dane was 0.162 seconds slower than Snider.
Andre Castro – one of seven oval racing rookies at the Raceway Venray – was sixth in his #46 Marko Stipp Motorsport Ford Mustang ahead of PK Carsport’s Vittorio Ghirelli, Nicholas Risitano, Jesse Vartiainen and Freddie Hemborg.
Qualifying will be streamed live at 12:20 pm CEST at Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Facebook page and YouTube channel, Motorsport.tv and a vast network of websites and social media pages from around the world.