The way Mick Snyder sees it, there’s only one perfect scenario to figure out who will be the Pro Extreme world championship at this weekend’s ADRL World Finals at the Texas Motorplex between him and Jason Scruggs.
“I just think we need to get both cars to the finals and race it off. That would be awesome,” Snyder said. “On a positive note, one of the teammates is going to win and that’s cool, too. Obviously we would like for it to be the orange car and Jason would like it to be the red car.”
As for the head-to-head matchup in the finals, Scruggs is on board with that line of thinking as well.
“It would be cool to meet in the finals and for it to come down to that,” Scruggs said.
If it does, it would be the biggest final round ever for either driver.
But even if it doesn’t come down to that, this will be a massive weekend for both Snyder and Scruggs. Snyder currently leads Scruggs by a mere six points heading into the weekend, which means everything will come down to Friday and Saturday in Dallas.
It’s been a banner year for both. Snyder won three straight races, led the points standings for most of the year, became the first (and only thus far) driver in 2012 to reach the 3.50s and continues to show remarkable progress in only his third season driving a Pro Extreme car.
Scruggs, meanwhile, has made another spectacular late-season charge, winning two of his three races since July. He has continually closed the gap on Snyder, and the six-point margin means everything is up for grabs at the Texas Motorplex.
“There’s pressure on both of us, but you just have to block that out and try to run your race. That’s hard to do because, in reality, there’s pressure on both of us,” Scruggs said.
As for importance of this event, Scruggs, a two-time world champion in the ADRL, knows there is plenty on the line.
“I consider it the most important race of my career, but that’s how I consider every race. But obviously it’s the most important one of the year,” Scruggs said. “It’s going to be an exciting weekend and we’ve had good luck in Ennis.
“But anybody in this class can take you out at any time. We’re both going to have to be on our game.”
Snyder, who is after his first ADRL world championship, is coming off a career-best pass of 3.59 last month in Norwalk and appears to have regained the mojo that led to an incredible three-race winning streak in May and June.
Heading into the biggest race of his ADRL career, Snyder won’t back down from his aggressive approach, either.
“You keep looking at the progress and it’s pretty dang exciting. We keep changing everything. We never go to the track with what we had at the track at the previous race. We’re always in test mode,” Snyder said.
“In order to stay ahead, you have to keep doing something.”
But even with a world championship on the line, Snyder’s mindset won’t change from the season’s first 10 races.
“We went through the car, made sure everything is where it’s supposed to be, load the car up like normal and get everything ready to go,” Snyder said.
“It’s more than a race, but you really can’t change your approach.”
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