After a devastating crash on the final lap of Saturday’s Beef, Myatt Snider was able to hobble away from his race car as Daytona International Speedway hosted a 300-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Myatt Snider was involved in a “violent last-lap crash” during the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.
After exiting Turn 2 on lap 120, Snider crashed as the field raced down the backstretch. After being rear-ended by Anthony Alfredo’s car, he took a strong right turn, slammed into the SAFER barrier, flew airborne upside down, slammed into the catch fence, and landed back on the track. The Next Gen’s front and rear ends were ripped off, and the engine was ejected.
Snider immediately placed the driver net down after the No. 31 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet came to a halt in the grass near Turn 3, signifying that he was fine. He was swiftly transported to the infield care facility by the American Medical Response safety crew. Snider entered the van on his own power.
After that, the 27-year-old was treated and released from the facility. Following that, he spoke to the reporters from a golf cart. Snider only looked to have sustained a left leg injury.
“A little sore,” Snider said. “I mean, I got pretty banged up there, so I just want to make sure I‘m being as careful as possible.”
“I think I should be fine to race… It‘s just a matter of getting the opinions of the experts. But yeah, I think I‘ll be fine.”
“It was violent… I saw sparks kind of going everywhere. You don’t really know what’s going on. You just kind of know you’re going some direction, and it’s not the right one,” he continued.
“I was just kind of holding on, kind of hunched over, keeping everything together as much as I could.”
“I can’t profess enough how glad I am that I’m all good.”
Cup series driver, Bubba Wallace and Michael Jordan, the owner of the 23XI Racing team, were among the onlookers when the accident occurred.
Snider finished 22nd in the standings. Buford came in 23rd place. Alfredo came in seventh place. Austin Hill was the winner of the race, which was stopped when the caution flag was raised.
In total, nine cars were involved in the accident. The care center cleared each driver once they exited on their own. The damaged catchfence will be rebuilt tonight in time for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, according to a NASCAR spokeswoman.