TEAM AMICK ANNOUNCES PERSONNEL CHANGES New Driver and Crew Chief Appointed CONCORD, NC (June 10)- In an effort to improve performance during the remainder of the 1999 season, Team Amick Motorsports owner Bill Amick announced today that a new ...
TEAM AMICK ANNOUNCES PERSONNEL CHANGES New Driver and Crew Chief Appointed
CONCORD, NC (June 10)- In an effort to improve performance during the remainder of the 1999 season, Team Amick Motorsports owner Bill Amick announced today that a new driver and crew chief have been named to work with the team.
"We're very pleased to announce that Elliott Sadler has agreed to drive the No. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet for the remainder of the season in the Busch Series (BGN)," Amick said. "We're very excited to have Elliott as a member of our team, and we feel he will be a tremendous asset to our organization."
Lyndon Amick, who has driven for Team Amick since its inception, will give up his seat after this weekend's Textilease Medique 300 at South Boston Speedway. Plans call for Amick to pilot a second entry for the team at selected BGN events in 1999. Amick plans to return to run a full Busch Series campaign with the team in the year 2000.
Sadler, who drives the No. 21 CITGO Ford in the Winston Cup Series, is a Busch Series veteran, with wins at Rockingham, Bristol, and Nazareth. He also won the NASCAR Winston Racing Series track title at South Boston Speedway in 1995. Most recently, Sadler drove several Busch races while substituting for an injured Andy Santerre in the No. 47 MONRO Muffler Chevrolet.
The 24-year old Virginia native said he's pleased to be a part of the Team Amick Motorsports organization. "This is a great challenge for me," said Sadler. "Lyndon and I have been friends off the track, now we're teammates on the track. I have a lot of respect for his talent and his dedication. I think it's going to be a great combination, and I plan to do everything I can to be an asset to a young team on its way up."
Sadler's debut in the No. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevy will come on July 17 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Plans are for Craftsman Truck Series regular Mike Bliss to fill in during the two races leading up to that date.
The other major change to the Team Amick organization came earlier this week with the departure of crew chief Buddy "Red Dog" Barnes.
"We reluctantly accepted the resignation of Buddy Barnes, who's done a great job for us," said Bill Amick.
Team Amick General Manager Barry Dodson also had high praise for Barnes. "Buddy came on board at a time when the team was low on car inventory and badly in need of experienced leadership," Dodson said. "He brought the team to a new level, and we're all grateful to him for a job well done."
Crewmember Brad Pickens has been named as the new crew chief for the No. 35 team, effective immediately. Pickens, 25, of Greer, SC, has been with Team Amick since its formation in 1995. Prior to accepting his new assignment, he served as both a mechanic and as the team's jackman on pit stops.
"Brad has proven himself in this organization, and we know he'll do an excellent job for us," said Dodson. "He's emerged as a strong leader for this team. The fresh perspective he brings is just what we need at this point in time, and we're proud to give Brad the opportunity to lead Team Amick into the future."
When asked to explain the reason for the dramatic changes to his organization, team owner Amick replied: "We went into the 1999 season with high expectations. We made progress, but we have not yet met the goals we set for ourselves. The bottom line is, we are absolutely committed to building a championship organization. That's what our fans and sponsors deserve, and that's what we will deliver."