BUSCH: Homestead Hank Parker Jr, Lyndon Amick to race Grand-Am

HOMESTEAD (May 1, 2000) -- NASCAR Busch Series regulars Hank Parker Jr. and Lyndon Amick are set for double duty this weekend. The pair will compete in Friday evening's Hardy's 250 at Richmond International Raceway, and then fly to Miami to race...

HOMESTEAD (May 1, 2000) -- NASCAR Busch Series regulars Hank Parker Jr. and Lyndon Amick are set for double duty this weekend. The pair will compete in Friday evening's Hardy's 250 at Richmond International Raceway, and then fly to Miami to race in Saturday's three-hour Motorola Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the Grand-Am Nextel 250 weekend.

Parker finished fourth in the 1999 Miami 300, one of two top-five finishes during his rookie campaign in the Busch Series. He led the race three times for 32 laps, with a late caution only 14 laps from the finish costing him a possible victory. He is a former Miami winner, capturing a NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series race at the Speedway in 1997.

"I've had a lot of success at Homestead, and nearly won there last year," Parker explained. "I drove a bunch of laps on the road course in a rental car when we tested there. The Motorola Cup is fun. We're doing it to gain road course experience. I'm not even going to think about the race until the race at Richmond is over. Then on Saturday morning, my first lap at Homestead will be in qualifying. We'll cinch up the belts and get on with it. I think we've got a great chance to win this weekend, both in the Busch Series and Motorola Cup."

The 1996 NASCAR Goody's Dash champion, Amick has been a part-time Busch Series competitor the past three seasons. His best Busch Series finish was fifth in the 1999 race at Talladega, Ala. Amick won the pole position for the 1996 Goody's Dash race at Homestead, finishing 10th.

Parker and Amick will co-drive the No. 34 Team Amick Motorsports Dodge Vipers. Both drivers led the 2000 Motorola Cup opener at Daytona.

"I had the fastest lap of the race and led a bunch of laps," Parker explained. "Lyndon also led, but the transmission broke early in his shift and that put us out."

Amick's older brother, David, co-drives the No. 33 Team Amick Viper with veteran Joe Varde. The pair won the two most recent Motorola Cup races at Sebring and Phoenix, and are ranked one-two in the Super Grand Sport points.

Team Amick has formed the Hands-On Racing program to provide an unforgettable experience to children with life-threatening illnesses. Four children will be guests of the team and the Grand-A-Wish/The Children's Promise Foundation for the Miami event. Each child will put their hand prints on the race car, as part of a season-long unique paint scheme for Team Amick's Viper.

Tickets for the debut of the Grand American Road Racing Association begin at $5 for an unreserved Friday grandstand seat and $10 for Saturday. Sunday grandstand seats cost $15, with weekend paddock passes $20. Children 12 and under are free in both the grandstand and paddock when accompanied by a paid adult.

For additional information or to place ticket orders, call (305) 230-RACE, or visit the official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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Series Grand-Am , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Hank Parker Jr. , Lyndon Amick , Joe Varde