CONCORD, NC (October 9)- Just after the start of Saturday's All Pro Bumper To Bumper 300 Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, driver Lyndon Amick knew something was not quite right with his racecar. What Amick didn't know at the time...
CONCORD, NC (October 9)- Just after the start of Saturday's All Pro Bumper To Bumper 300 Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, driver Lyndon Amick knew something was not quite right with his racecar.
What Amick didn't know at the time was that the left rear shock on his No. 35 POWERTEL / Mitsubishi Wireless Chevrolet had suffered a broken piston divider and lost all air pressure. That discovery wouldn't come until after the first caution flag of the day.
Less than three laps into the 200-lap event, Amick lost control of his flawed machine as he passed over the bumps in turn four of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Amick's machine spun, setting off a chain reaction crash behind him that eventually collected 12 cars.
"I didn't even have time to react," said Amick. "It felt like something was wrong with my car, but I didn't get a chance to radio my team and figure out what the problem was, much less do anything about it. I came out of turn four and the car just got away from me. I didn't make contact with anyone until I got on the infield grass and hit the back end of the No. 11. I thought we were going to come out of it okay until that happened."
After repairs were made to his damaged entry, Amick returned to the racetrack to try and gain positions and points. Several members of his crew noticed that the No. 35 was bouncing as it passed the Team Amick pit stall before Amick radioed in and voiced his concern that the car might have a bad shock absorber.
Amick brought his car to pit road, where the team removed the defective equipment and installed a new shock in its place. From there, Amick limped his injured car to a 35th place finish, 32 laps down from the leaders.
"We sent the guy who builds our shocks back to the truck to check it (the defective shock) out during the race and find out what happened," said Amick. "It felt like it went bad on the first lap, and I was basically driving the car with no left rear shock at all. It was a wild ride, I promise you that. I felt like I was driving a 'four-wheeler' (all-terrain vehicle). "
Adding to the day's adversity was a heated disagreement between Todd Bodine's crew and the members of Team Amick Motorsports. Bodine's car was one of those damaged in the lap two incident, and his crew was reportedly upset with Amick. Several members of Bodine's crew came over as Amick's car was being repaired behind the pit road wall, and a confrontation erupted that resulted in both teams being called to the NASCAR trailer.
After the race, Amick said of the incident, "I know that his (Bodine's) wreck cost him some points, and I apologized in my interviews. I thought I had just lost control of the car until we figured out it was a defective shock. Even so, I don't know why his guys were ticked off at me. The No. 66 was nearly a half-lap behind me when I spun. I didn't make contact with Bodine's car, he wasn't even near me at the time. It's not like I intentionally tried to wreck him, or myself. If I could have prevented it from happening, I would have."
"I've been taken out in someone else's wreck in every one of the past four or five races," Amick added, "but you don't see my guys getting in other drivers' faces. I don't have a problem with the No. 66 team, but that was uncalled for. Accidents are a part of racing, and his crew should know that. It's not like he hasn't started a few crashes in his day."
While the NASCAR Busch Series takes the weekend off, Amick will head to Talladega for the October 14 ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) race. Amick will pilot the No. 99 entry for Ken Schrader Racing, as he has done in ARCA races at Daytona and Charlotte this season.
"I'm really enjoying the ARCA races, " Amick said. "Ken (Schrader) and his crew have given me great equipment at every race, and we're going to have POWERTEL as our major sponsor at both Talladega and Atlanta. It means a lot to me that POWERTEL is willing to get behind me at these upcoming races, and I hope we'll give them some great finishes."