BUSCH: Team Amick Motorsports Talladega pre race notes

Repeat Performance- Team Amick is hoping for another top-five performance at Talladega this weekend. Lyndon qualified the No. 35 entry in the 18th starting spot for the 1999 Touchstone Energy 300, then found a drafting partner in the form of Terry...

Repeat Performance- Team Amick is hoping for another top-five performance at Talladega this weekend. Lyndon qualified the No. 35 entry in the 18th starting spot for the 1999 Touchstone Energy 300, then found a drafting partner in the form of Terry Labonte. Labonte gave credit to Amick in Victory Lane for helping propel the two-time Winston Cup Champion to the win over Joe Nemechek.

No Test Time- While Team Amick is bringing back the same chassis from last year's successful run, the team had hoped to test a brand-new 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix at the Talladega facility last week. When bad weather forced the cancellation of the planned test, it was decided that the team would bring out the old chassis, albeit with a new 2000 Monte Carlo skin on it.

Just Married- Amick and his new bride, Melanie, spent the early part of this week enjoying a few days of rest and relaxation following their wedding last Sunday afternoon. The couple plans to leave for their slightly delayed honeymoon the day after the Talladega event.

Waiting On A Friend- After the Team Amick entry dropped out of last weekend's Nashville Busch Series race with a blown engine, Amick and his father were ready to catch a plane to his wedding rehearsal. Instead, Lyndon sat and waited for one of the members of the wedding party. Hank Parker, Jr., the driver of the No. 53 Team Marines entry who served as one of Amick's groomsmen, went on to finish in the top-20 before hopping the Team Amick plane to South Carolina.

Here Comes the Cavalry…Or The Marines- While Amick is on his honeymoon, Team Amick will be busily preparing for upcoming events. In Amick's absence, the team will call on the talents of Hank Parker, Jr., to test the Team Amick Chevy at Richmond International Raceway on April 18 and 19 in preparation for the May 5 Hardee's 250 Busch event.

DRIVER-Lyndon Amick
On not getting to test at Talladega for this event: "I hope it's not going to hurt us, but you never know. This chassis has been driven on this track, but not with this body on it. This is the same chassis that finished fifth here last year, but we put a 2000 body on it and took it to Daytona, and we didn't make the race there. So, we put some new sheet metal on it, and (crew chief) Ricky Pearson says that it's going to be lot better than it was. I trust him, so I'll just have to take his word for it and hope for the best."

On the Team's Chances for Another Top-Five: "I think it's definitely possible. I love drafting, and if I can stick with some of the more experienced drivers, I think we can get to the front. The key is qualifying far enough up in the field to hopefully avoid the big crash when it comes. I came within about six inches of getting tangled up in it last year."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Terry Labonte , Joe Nemechek , Lyndon Amick