AMICK RETURNS TO COMPETITION SATURDAY AT MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY CONCORD, NC (July 13)- Driver Lyndon Amick will make his return to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division this Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Originally slated to ...
AMICK RETURNS TO COMPETITION SATURDAY AT MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY
CONCORD, NC (July 13)- Driver Lyndon Amick will make his return to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division this Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Originally slated to pilot a second car for Team Amick Motorsports in the July 17th Myrtle Beach 250, Amick will instead drive the No. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet Monte Carlo as the team's lone entry.
Winston Cup Series regular Elliott Sadler was scheduled to make the first of 12 Busch Series starts for Team Amick in the No. 35 machine at the Myrtle Beach race. Several factors combined to cause the team to put those plans on hold for this weekend, according to crew chief Brad Pickens.
"The biggest thing was that the car we had planned to use as Elliott's primary car at Myrtle Beach suffered heavy damage in the Milwaukee race," said Pickens. "That really put us behind the eight ball. There was no way we could get two primary cars and two backup cars ready in time."
Amick spent two days testing a second team car, which will carry the No. 88 at selected events, at the Myrtle Beach facility last week. Pickens says the team also weighed that fact when deciding who would drive the car this weekend.
"Due to a scheduling conflict, Elliott wasn't able to make it down for the test," Pickens explained. "He had to do some testing for his Winston Cup ride, which is perfectly understandable. We know that his Winston Cup deal is, and should be, his first priority. Lyndon was scheduled to test anyway, so he stepped in and we never missed a beat."
With Amick behind the wheel, the team turned some of the fastest lap times of all the teams who tested at Myrtle Beach Speedway last week, according to Pickens.
"The results of the test were so encouraging, we went home early on the second day," Pickens said. "Lyndon knows how to get around the Myrtle Beach track. He proved that last year when he finished fourth there, and he showed us again during testing last week. We're expecting a great day on Saturday."
Team Amick still plans to have Sadler drive the SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet in 11 races in 1999. Sadler will now make his debut in the No. 35 at the Carquest Auto Parts 250 at Gateway International Raceway on July 31st.
Amick will drive the No. 35 in two races that conflict with Sadler's Winston Cup schedule. Those two events are the July 24th Pikes Peak 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, and the August 6th Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
The team will enter two cars at selected races during the remainder of the season, with those dates to be announced later.