Race 32 of 32- NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Miami-Homestead Speedway, Homestead, FL November 13, 1999-Race time-Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, broadcast on NBC and MRN
While the Busch Series has made four trips to Homestead, it will be Amick's first race at the facility. In both 1997 and 1998, he failed to qualify for the event. Although Homestead is the final race on the Busch Series schedule, it will not be the final race for Amick in 1999. He will attempt to make the field for the Nov. 27 United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooter's Pro Cup race at USA International in Lakeland, FL. The goal is to get the 22-year old driver some extra seat time before the first Busch race of the 2000 season.
Lyndon Amick, Driver:
"I've got mixed emotions about the season being over. On the one hand, I'm kind of glad to put it behind me, because it definitely hasn't been the kind of season I hoped for. But, I've learned quite a bit about myself and my team this year, so there have been some positives that have come out of all the obstacles and setbacks. It's definitely made me a stronger person, and it showed me that I really do have a desire to be a competitive force in the NASCAR Busch series."
"My goal in the year 2000 is to not have a weekend off at all. I want to be behind the wheel of some kind of racing machine every weekend, and get as much experience as possible. You look at someone like Ken Schrader, and you see that the way to become a contender in this sport is by getting as much seat time as possible. I won't be doing anything that will take away from my Busch team, because that is my number one priority, but I think I can run some other events without losing my focus."
"I'm very excited to start working with Ricky Pearson, and it's my understanding that he'll be in the Team Amick shop bright and early Monday morning after the Miami race. I think that Ricky will provide the leadership and long-term vision that this team needs to move to the next level. Eddie Pearson, who also works with us, made the point that he and Ricky have always worked with winning drivers, so I guess I'm going to have to step it up to keep that streak alive. I think that with the Pearsons' help, we'll be able to put the No. 35 in Victory Lane sometime in the 2000 season. Winning the Daytona Busch race in February wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit, so maybe we can start 2000 off with a bang."
"The Hooter's Cup cars are very similar to the Busch cars, with similar horsepower, so I think it will be a great learning experience for me. I've tested a Busch car at the Lakeland track before, so I've got a good idea on how to run at that facility. I'm looking forward to the competition, and it'll be exciting to race against some different guys. Two of the guys in the shop and I basically built this Hooter's car from the ground up, so we've got a lot of hard work invested in it. It should be a lot of fun, and some good experience for next year."