First-Timer- While Lyndon Amick is in his fourth season of Busch Series competition, this weekend's NAPAONLINE.com 250 will mark the first time that Amick will race at the Michigan Speedway. Team Amick failed to make the field for the 1997...
First-Timer- While Lyndon Amick is in his fourth season of Busch Series competition, this weekend's NAPAONLINE.com 250 will mark the first time that Amick will race at the Michigan Speedway. Team Amick failed to make the field for the 1997 Busch event, and elected to sit out the 1998 event while in the process of restructuring their race team. In 1999, while Amick was on a hiatus from racing, Elliott Sadler drove the No. 35 to a 25th place finish after starting 34th. In preparation for this season's event, Amick and his team tested at the Michigan Speedway back on August 2. "The test went pretty good," said Amick. "We didn't go as fast as we wanted to, but we picked up a lot and we learned a lot. Instead of being two seconds off, we got it down to about a half-second. We're bringing more motor this time around, and I think we should be pretty good."
Despite the fact that the August 2 test session marked the first time Amick had driven at Michigan International Speedway since 1997, Amick feels that his lack of seat time at the track is in no way a disadvantage for his team.
"You can go to a track you've never been to before and run better than you run at a track that's your favorite," Amick believes. "It's all about the people you have working with you and the car they put underneath you. If you do your homework and your car is prepared right, you'll have a good day. If not, you're going to struggle. We've done what we think is best, and I feel comfortable with the track after testing here."
The Old Switcheroo- The members of Team Amick worked some overtime on Tuesday, August 15, in preparation for the NAPAONLINE.com 250. Tuesday morning, driver Lyndon Amick made the decision to switch primary cars. The team's back-up car, which Amick had driven at Pike's Peak earlier this season, was promoted to primary status. The decision sent the team scrambling to swap equipment from one vehicle to another in time to get the team transporter on its way to Michigan late Tuesday night.
In explaining his decision to switch cars, Amick said, "I just wasn't fitting into the first car very well. The roll cage is a little different on that car than on some of our others, and I was having a problem with clearance, especially with my helmet. The car we ran at Pike's Peak is just more comfortable for me, so we made the switch."
Amick says he has no qualms about switching primary cars, as he had a chance to turn laps in both vehicles during his Michigan test in early August.
"Actually, when I jumped in the Pike's Peak car, it ran faster than the other car did," said Amick. "We had to work on the other car to get it to run as fast as the Pike's Peak one did, so I'm not worried about the change. We should be as fast off the truck with this car as we were going to be with the other one. It's not a concern for myself or the team at all."
Two by Two- The number two may become a favorite of Lyndon Amick and the members of his team. Amick drove the No. 52 Penda Bedliners Chevy Silverado owned by Ken Schrader Racing to a second place finish in the August 3 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Then at Watkins Glen International last Saturday, road-racing ace Joe Varde pulled off a second-place finish in the No. 35 Team Amick Chevy in the NASCAR Busch North Series event.