Lyndon and Team Amick fell just shy of capturing their third top-10 finish of the 2000 season last Saturday at California Speedway. Starting 18th, Amick found himself riding in the top-10 for much of the race, until he became mired in lapped...
Lyndon and Team Amick fell just shy of capturing their third top-10 finish of the 2000 season last Saturday at California Speedway. Starting 18th, Amick found himself riding in the top-10 for much of the race, until he became mired in lapped traffic on the final restart. Unable to catch the competition in the closing laps, Amick ended up with an 11th place finish on the day. The strong showing vaulted Amick up nine places in the Driver's Points standings, all the way from 32nd to 23rd.
Lyndon will be a busy driver this weekend. As soon as the Hardee's 250 Busch Series race is completed on Friday night, Amick will hop a plane to South Florida to compete in a Motorola Cup Series road-racing event on Saturday afternoon in Homestead, FL. Driving a family-owned Dodge Viper in the Super Grand Sport Class, Amick will share seat time with his good friend and fellow Busch Series competitor, Hank Parker, Jr. Amick's older brother, David, who is competing in the entire Motorola Cup schedule this year along with road racing veteran Joe Varde, has already claimed two victories in the three races held so far this season. David Amick and Varde will be driving a second entry in this weekend's event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
After competing in two different series this weekend, Amick will take Sunday off before heading to Lowe's Motor Speedway next week for three days of testing. Team Amick will be at the facility on Monday and Tuesday to put two different Busch Series machines through their paces in preparation for the Busch race to be held at the Speedway in late May. Then on Wednesday, Amick will strap himself into an ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) car owned by Ken Schrader Racing. As he did at Daytona earlier this year, Amick will pilot the Schrader machine in the May 20 ARCA race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The 1999 spring Richmond race wasn't kind to Team Amick. After taking a provisional starting spot and waiting out the rain delay, the team's night was over only 10 laps into the event. Getting caught up in an early race incident left Lyndon and Team Amick with a 43rd place finish. The results were markedly different in the fall race, however. With Virginia native Elliott Sadler filling in for Amick in the No. 35, the Team Amick entry came in sixth in the field after starting all the way back in 35th.
On the Richmond International Raceway- "I love Richmond. I think it's a great little short track, and Ricky (Pearson, Amick's crew chief) has had a lot of success here. Unfortunately, we had some problems during qualifying last year, and I ended up banging the car up. Being stuck back in the pack is no fun on a short track, but it can be overcome. Look at Elliott (Sadler), he drove our car here last fall, started back in 35th and finished 6th. So, I know you can start in the back and finish well here, I just hope that I don't have to test that theory this weekend."
On racing against his brother in this weekend's Motorola Cup Series event- "I'd love to beat him, not just because it's my brother, but just because I love to win at anything. It would definitely give me bragging rights at the family barbecues for a while, that's for sure. But seriously, I'm just doing the road racing to gain more seat time, while he's running the whole series. I'm thrilled that he and Joe (Varde) have done so well, and I'm really proud of him. I guess driving is in the family genes."
On the 11th place finish at California last weekend- "It was good for me, and it was good for the team. I wanted to have a good run after the vacation time I took following Talladega (Amick went on his honeymoon during the Easter weekend break). I just got too loose there at the end whenever I would get around other cars. When I was by myself, I was fine. We got a lot of lapped traffic between us and the cars we were racing for position, and it just killed us. But, if you can't get a top-10, I guess 11th is the next best thing." <pre> Lyndon Amick's Career Busch Series Statistics at Richmond International Raceway Year Finish Start Laps Condition 5/14/99 43 42 10 Accident 9/11/98 31 8 173 Engine 5/30/98 22 28 248 Running