AMICK WANTS TO PROVE TOP-FIVE FINISH WAS 'NO FLUKE' FONTANA, CA-(April 30,1999)-You can say that last week's top-five at Talladega was the first good finish of the season for NASCAR Busch Series driver Lyndon Amick. Just don't try...
AMICK WANTS TO PROVE TOP-FIVE FINISH WAS 'NO FLUKE'
FONTANA, CA-(April 30,1999)-You can say that last week's top-five at Talladega was the first good finish of the season for NASCAR Busch Series driver Lyndon Amick. Just don't try to tell Amick that his strong showing at the Touchstone Energy 300 was a fluke. "The team and I have known all along that we're capable of being up front every week, and finishing fifth at Talladega proved that," Amick says. "It's not a fluke that we were running with the lead pack all day, it was just a case of us finally catching a break for once. The equipment and the personnel have been there all along, what we needed was some good luck." Good luck is not something that Team Amick has had much of in 1999. Mechanical problems and on-track incidents have taken their toll on his #35 SCANA/Powertel team, but Amick believes that his share of bad luck has been depleted. "Anything that can go wrong has gone wrong to this point, from blown motors to broken transmissions to getting caught up in wrecks that weren't our fault" Amick says. "If you believe the law of averages, then you have to believe that the team and I are due to have some really good finishes. Last week in Talladega we had our first one, but don't ask me or my team to believe for one second that it was our last."
Amick says that his next strong finish could come as early as this weekend's Auto Club 300 race at the California Speedway. "We're running the same car that I qualified third in at Las Vegas," Amick relates. "The Vegas track and the California track have similar banking and similar layouts, so another top-five is a definite possibility." When asked what other signs suggest that his bad luck is over, Amick tells of his father's recent troubles. "I think that we've shifted the monkey off my back and on to my dad. On the way to Talladega, his motor coach broke down three times, and I end up with a top-five. Up until now, his coach has run fine and I've had all the problems," Amick laughs. "I told him not to worry, if his vehicle breaking down means that mine will run in the top-five, I'll pay for the repairs on his every time."