When ThorSport revealed its full-time line-up for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season on Tuesday, it did not include Myatt Snider back in the No. 13 he drove to rookie of the year honors in 2018.

Instead, the 24-year-old will race part-time for the team in the No. 27, with 2016 Trucks champion Johnny Sauter taking over the No. 13.

Ultimately, Snider just wasn't able to close out on the funding needed to remain in a full-time capacity. But he has believers in ThorSport Racing owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson, whom Snider has come to view like family.

Even though Snider is part-time in the Truck Series, he's excited for his 2019 schedule because it includes more overall races across a variety of disciplines.

In addition to a still to be decided number of NGOTS starts, Snider will run a handful of IMSA sports car races and some of the most prestigious Late Model Stock events in the Carolinas and Virginias -- at tracks like Orange County, Martinsville and Myrtle Beach. His NASCAR campaign will begin this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Snider has also returned to school, while also pursuing an aviation hobby.

"We don't have our full plans solidified yet but we're making good progress to run all kinds of race cars all over the place this year," Snider told Autoweek on Tuesday night. "I'm looking forward to it. I wish i could say more ... We're part-time but it's not like we're not racing.

"We're going to do more Late Model races than we did last year, we're going to do some IMSA races because Ford wanted me to run and I think everyone knows that sports car racing is one of my first loves."

Snider says he has some exciting plans looming on the horizon but didn't want to jinx it until they are finalized.

"Not being full-time this year wasn't so much about the free agent shuffle, it was just needing more sponsorship money," he said. "We're working on some realy good stuff. But you know how it is, the better the deal, the more time it takes to get it done.

"With that being said, we have some suff in the works and it's taking some extra time. That's not saying anything bad about who we're with. We love ThorSport and Ford, it just didn't pan out the way we wanted to with staying full-time."

Snider improved as the 2018 season continued, accumulating five of his eight top-10s in the second half. Even though he is part-time, he wanted to build on that momentum with ThorSport.

"We really enjoyed 2018 despite the ups and downs," Snider said. "This year, we have to take a step back, and since I'm not runnig for points, that allows me to be a little more aggressive and take some pressure off. ThorSport is a home for me."

While Snider was disappointed to not return full-time, he knows he has a chance to win against some of the toughest names in the discipline and that was the most important element for his 2019 plans.

"I'm one of only 12-15 guys that have a good ride, and i could be stuck in Late Models without much going for me, and nothing else on the table," Snider said. "I'm lucky to have this kind of ride, racing on the big tracks, learning how to race these mile-and-a-halfs, racing against Kyle Busch, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter ... So I'm still getting to learn a whole lot."

Source: Autoweek

February 12, 2019