DENVER, N.C. -- One more chapter of the Silly Season saga has been closed with the announcement that Lyndon Amick is returning to the Busch Series.
Amick, who had six starts in 2001, will be taking over driving duties for the No. 26 Carroll Racing-owned Chevrolet. The familiar colors and logo of Dr Pepper will return as primary sponsor.
The ride was left vacant when Bobby Hamilton Jr., who drove the car to two top-fives and five top-10 finishes, announced he was leaving the team.
Amick's 2001 Stats Final Busch Standings
Amick, 24, is a native of Saluda, S.C. His best finish this season came at Watkins Glen, where he started eighth and finished seventh.
Amick is pleased to be back in the Busch Series full-time.
"The team is made up of a great group of people who bring an excellent car to the track each week," Amick said. "This crew has been together for years, which is almost unheard of in this sport. The comradeship and team effort is apparent as soon as you walk through the front door at the shop.
I have known Dave Carroll, owner, and Todd Lohse, crew chief, for 16 years and cannot wait to contribute to their on-track success."
Amick has 81 career Busch Series starts.
Amick was the 1996 Goody's Dash Series champion and began driving family-owned cars in the Busch Series in 1997. Since that time, Amick had driven a few races in ARCA and drove a Craftsman Truck owned by Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader.
Amick feels the experience in different series has been beneficial to him
and something he can put to use beginning in 2002.
"I learn something new each time I am on the track," Amick said. "It doesn't matter what kind of car or series I'm competing in, I try to maximize the value of the track time while I'm driving."
That's what Carroll is hoping to do with his new driver, too.
"Lyndon is a great person and a great competitor," Carroll said. "We believe he brings a lot to the table with his experience, driving skills and personality."