BUSCH: Amick Looks Forward to Second Half

Amick looking forward to second half Shawn A. Akers MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 11, 1998) It's been a half-season that Lyndon Amick would just as soon forget. The 21-year-old driver of the No. 35 SCANA/Myrtle Beach/South ...

Amick looking forward to second half

Shawn A. Akers

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 11, 1998) It's been a half-season that Lyndon Amick would just as soon forget.

The 21-year-old driver of the No. 35 SCANA/Myrtle Beach/South Carolina Pontiac had oozed enthusiasm for the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season back in January. His potential for the year, he thought at the time, was unlimited.

With the racing season, however, comes unexpected events and disappointments, and his team has experienced its share of them, for sure, so far this season.

Crew chief Gary DeHart, without so much as an inkling of unhappiness with the team, quit following the Daytona race in February, one that the team failed to qualify for.

Buddy Barnes, who stepped down as crew chief for Team SABCO's No. 42 Coors Light Chevrolet, signed as the No. 35 Pontiac crew chief soon after, but things didn't improve much. The team missed races and experienced attrition problems, forcing it to cut back on its schedule and miss valuable seat time for their young driver.

Heading into the second half of the year, however, Amick said he believes their situation looks brighter, and they'll use the rest of the season as a preparation for a strong run in 1999.

Following the Myrtle Beach 250 on Saturday, Team Amick will skip next week's event at California Speedway, but will return the following week at South Boston, Va., and run every race for the remainder of the season.

"We just felt like we had to step back a bit and re-evaluate some things," said Amick, the 1996 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series champion. "A lot of things just haven't gone right for us this year, and it's been really hard to deal with. We thought we had the makings of a great year headed our way, but we've taken our knocks this year, that's for sure. We believe that we've gotten everything straightened out now, and what we're really trying to do is get ready for next year. That's our main goal, but we want to have some really strong finishes this year and maybe show that we can really run in this series."

Prior to Saturday night's race at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Amick had made only five starts in the NASCAR Busch Series this season and was 49th in the overall point standings.

His last start was four races ago, at Richmond, when he recorded his second-best finish of 1998, 22nd. His best finish came at Darlington in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200, when he came home 16th in his home state of South Carolina.

Amick said he's looking forward to the remainder of the season, when he can finally get out and run on some tracks he said he needs to get some laps on.

"We can't wait to get to places like Indianapolis, Michigan and tracks like that," Amick said. "I just hope that we can make a good showing, but again, the biggest thing is getting prepared for next season. We've got that in the back of our minds, and we want to make sure that everything is right going into next year."

Source: NASCAR Online

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