BUSCH: Team Amick Milwaukee notes

On June 30, 1977, William Lyndon Amick was born to Bill and Linda Amick. Lyndon says he'll spend his 23rd Birthday flying to Milwaukee and joining his teammates as they take the No. 35 through Inspection Friday afternoon. "Pretty exciting,...

On June 30, 1977, William Lyndon Amick was born to Bill and Linda Amick. Lyndon says he'll spend his 23rd Birthday flying to Milwaukee and joining his teammates as they take the No. 35 through Inspection Friday afternoon. "Pretty exciting, huh?," says Amick of his decidedly low-key celebration.

Team Amick saw both the highs and lows at Watkins Glen International. After securing the best starting position of the season for the No. 35 with an 11th place qualifying effort, a transmission problem sent the team behind the wall midway through the Lysol 200. After replacing the faulty transmission, the team sent Lyndon back out to finish the event, securing a 38th place finish.

To further improve his road course skills, Amick has made tentative plans to compete in the Busch North Series event at Watkins Glen in August in a Team Amick entry.

While other teams are enjoying the July Fourth holiday with their families and friends, the members of Team Amick will be sweating it out at Nazareth Speedway. The fourth will be the first of a two-day test the team has planned for next week, in preparation for the July 16th Nazareth 200.

"We're committed to racing, first and foremost," Amick says of the team's decision to work on Independence Day. "We'd all love to be out on the lake with our families, but this is our only chance to get the test in, and we're determined to take this organization to the next level. That means a lot of sacrifices, and I guess this year, July Fourth is one of those sacrifices."

This year's Milwaukee event is only the second time that Lyndon will have raced at the Milwaukee Mile. His last start here came back in 1997, where he finished 32nd. In 1998, the event was one of the races the team elected to sit out while working to build a stable of competitive race machines. In 1999, driver Mike Bliss, who now pilots the No. 27 Viagra Pontiac in the Winston Cup Series, drove the No. 35 to a fourth-place qualifying spot. In the race, Bliss hit the wall and finished 24th. Bliss was one of two drivers (along with Elliott Sadler) who stepped in and helped evaluate the team's equipment during the 1999 season.

In the heat of the summer, physical conditioning becomes even more important for the drivers and crews. Lyndon and the Team Amick bunch have kicked their physical fitness regimen into high gear, hitting the weight room at the Team Amick Motorsports Shop at least three times a week. Lyndon claimed bragging rights earlier this week by out bench-pressing the other guys on his team.

On conditioning, Amick said, "I've always tried to eat right, but I slacked off a little in the weight room for awhile, and there were a couple of races where I was kind of worn out at the end. (crew chief) Ricky Pearson has been on me about that. Milwaukee was unbelievably hot last year, and several guys had to be pulled from their cars at the end. I don't plan to be one of those guys this year, so I'm putting in the time in the gym."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Lyndon Amick , Mike Bliss , Elliott Sadler