CHARLOTTE, NC (May 20)- Lyndon Amick felt there was only one way to honor his fallen friend, Adam Petty, and that was by carrying Petty's name to Victory Lane. Amick achieved that goal Saturday night, scoring his first career ARCA (Automobile...
CHARLOTTE, NC (May 20)- Lyndon Amick felt there was only one way to honor his fallen friend, Adam Petty, and that was by carrying Petty's name to Victory Lane.
Amick achieved that goal Saturday night, scoring his first career ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) win in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The victory came in the No. 99 Ken Schrader Racing-owned entry, a vehicle that carried decals honoring the memory of Adam Petty. The 19 year-old Petty, Amick's friend and fellow NASCAR Busch Series competitor, lost his life just over a week ago in a racing accident.
"This win is for the Petty family," Amick said from victory lane. "Adam won his first ARCA race here two years ago, and it means a lot to me to stand where he stood. I know that Adam was here with me tonight and I am honored to celebrate his memory."
The 22 year-old Amick, in only his second ARCA start, captured the lead from the No. 67 Brian Ross entry on lap 48 and never looked back on the way to the emotional win. Amick admits that he was a bit concerned, however, when a caution period with six laps to go left the field bunched up for a one-lap shoot-out to the finish.
"I've never been more nervous than I was on that last lap," said Amick. "I didn't want anything less than a win for Adam and the Petty Family. I tried to drive as smoothly as Adam did when he won here, and I knew that with his help we could bring this thing in for the win."
In addition to honoring Petty's memory, Amick hopes that a number of children will benefit from this win as well. Amick's entry carried a special toll-free number (1-888-44-PETTY) that fans can call to make charitable donations in Adam's memory. All funds raised will go to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, an organization that benefits children's charities.
Amick said, "If there is one way that Adam would want to be remembered it would be for helping others. Fans can honor his memory by supporting causes he believed in."
Donations in Adam's memory may also be sent to:
Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
/ Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary
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