BUSCH: Lyndon Amick looks for success on short tracks

Richmond, VA (May 13,1999)- During the 1998 racing season, NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Lyndon Amick scored his best finishes of the year on short tracks, including a fourth place finish at Myrtle Beach, SC, last July. Cut...

Richmond, VA (May 13,1999)- During the 1998 racing season, NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Lyndon Amick scored his best finishes of the year on short tracks, including a fourth place finish at Myrtle Beach, SC, last July. Cut to the 1999 campaign, where Amick has two top-10 finishes already under his belt in the No. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet. But unlike last year, those results have come at two of the largest tracks on the circuit, California and Talladega. Amick hopes to change that statistic during his trip to Richmond International Raceway Friday night for the Hardee's 250. "Yeah, the crew and I don't know what to make of that. Last year, we seemed to do much better at places like Myrtle Beach and South Boston," Amick says. "The fact that we're doing better at the bigger tracks can be seen as a sign that we're getting our superspeedway program to where it needs to be. We just hope that it doesn't mean we've sacrificed any part of our short track program to have that success." Team Amick crew chief Buddy Barnes thinks the difference in results from last season to this can be traced to a major decision made prior to the 1999 campaign. "We switched from Pontiacs to Chevrolets," Barnes explains. "I think it helped us on the big tracks, especially Daytona and Talladega (where Amick finished fifth a few weeks ago)." But Barnes also believes it may have resulted in a setback to the team on the shorter tracks. "The car needs a little different setup with the Chevy body on it than it did with the Pontiac," Barnes says. "We brought '007,' Lyndon's favorite short track car, with us to Richmond. That car really performed well for us last year. But, now we're trying to figure out what setup it needs to get us back up front with a different body style on it." Barnes is confident that the Team Amick crew will find the right combination before the green flag drops Friday night in Richmond. That confidence is bolstered by the fact that Amick will be driving the same car for the second time in two weeks. "It definitely helps Lyndon get a better feel for the car and what kind of chassis setup it needs," Barnes explains. "We were fortunate to avoid all the wrecks last week in New Hampshire, so we could bring this car to Richmond. If the weather holds, we should get some good practice time in, and have a really good shot at getting this car dialed in." Amick is confident, too, that short track success is forthcoming. "This car knows how to get around the short tracks in a hurry, because it has done it before. Friday night, we hope we can get this dog to go hunting again."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Lyndon Amick