NASCAR BUSCH SERIES GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION NEWS ...
NASCAR BUSCH SERIES GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION NEWS
#35 SCANA/POWERTEL RACE TEAM Notes and Quotes Kroger 200 .686-mile oval, 12 degree banking Race 22 of 32- NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division August 6, 1999-Race time- Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET, broadcast on ESPN and MRN
* Lyndon Amick, who has driven the No. 35 entry in 14 events this season, finds himself back behind the wheel of the SCANA/Powertel entry this weekend.
* Amick finished 15th at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1997, and qualified third for last year's event. He led 31 laps of last year's race before a broken shock relegated the No. 35 team to a 22nd place finish.
* Elliott Sadler, the 24 year-old rookie who drives the No. 21 CITGO Ford in the Winston Cup Series, was scheduled to make his debut in the No. 35 last weekend in St. Louis. Those plans changed when he crashed his car during Second-round Bud Qualifying for the Pocono 500 On July 24th at Pocono Raceway, injuring his left foot. He elected to take the weekend off and heal, and now says he is back at 100 percent for this weekend's Brickyard 400.
* Sadler now plans to debut in the No. 35 at the August 21st Pepsi 200 at Michigan Speedway, and will drive the SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet in all the remaining events on the Busch Series schedule.
* Amick plans to drive the No. 88 as a second team car in selected events during the remainder of the season, with those dates to be announced.
* The team missed making the field at Gateway International Raceway last weekend by 17 one-hundredths of a second, the fifth time this year the No. 35 team has suffered a DNQ.
Driver Lyndon Amick: On Indianapolis Raceway Park: "We just hope to qualify as well as we did in the past. We always seem to run well at IRP, and we're taking the same car we had here last year, only with different sheetmetal on it (Amick used Pontiac bodies before this season, but now uses Chevrolet Monte Carlo bodies)."
On missing last week's race at Gateway in St. Louis: "Everybody has kept a positive mental focus, even with the DNQ (Did Not Qualify). They just want to forget about it and move on to the next race this weekend. This sport is too competitive and too fast-paced for you to sit around and worry about what happened last week. If you dwell on the past, you'll get left in the dust. You just hope you can fix the problem, and get back in the game, that's all you can do."
On stepping out of the car after this weekend's race: "I'm not dwelling on the fact that this will be my last race in the No. 35 for awhile. I mean you want to do well, regardless. It would make it that much better if I can score a top-10 and end on a high note, though. I just want to improve every week, and I'm looking forward to racing against Elliott later this season when I run the No. 88 car. I think I can learn a lot from him, and I'm going to gain all the knowledge I can from this experience."
On what he's learned in his first full season on the Busch circuit: "I've learned that the Busch Series may be the most competitive racing series going. Just look at how many different winners there's been, and how many new teams are cropping up. If you miss your qualifying setup by one little bit, you're going home. Right now, this series is very unforgiving if you make a mistake, and there's not a lot of room for error. It's tough."