BUSCH: Lyndon Amick aims for Nazareth

Take Me Out to the Ball Game- Lyndon made a quick trip to Atlanta, GA, earlier this week to attend the 2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Turner Field. The tickets were compliments of Mitsubishi Wireless, one of Amick's primary ...

Take Me Out to the Ball Game- Lyndon made a quick trip to Atlanta, GA, earlier this week to attend the 2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Turner Field. The tickets were compliments of Mitsubishi Wireless, one of Amick's primary sponsors. Amick was proud to see one of his favorite players, Chipper Jones, hit a homerun during the night's festivities.

"It was a great opportunity to see the cream of the crop compete against each other," Amick said of his All-Star trip. "Watching the caliber of talent that was playing in Atlanta that night really got me fired up to go out and compete to my fullest potential for this Sunday's race."

Holiday? - Team Amick Motorsports took a well-deserved day off on Friday, July 7th, with all of the crewmen being given a day to spend with their families. For Team Amick, the time off took the place of their July 4th holiday, which the team had spent testing at Nazareth Speedway.

Of the belated holiday, Amick said, "We hated to ask the guys to give up the July 4th Holiday to go test, but we're all focused on making this team better. We accomplished some things that we needed to address after our poor showing in Milwaukee, and I think the guys were able to enjoy their day off last Friday even more, knowing that we're ready to go to Nazareth and be successful."

When asked about the success of the test, Amick replied, "I think we were decent, but I'll reserve judgment until we get out on the track with other cars around. Sometimes you fool yourself into thinking you were better during testing than you actually were. I think we're going to be fine, but the proof will come when we see that first practice time sheet."

Second Time Around- Sunday's Econo Lodge 200 will only mark the second time that Team Amick has competed at the Nazareth Speedway. The Nazareth race was one that the team elected to sit out on while running a limited schedule in both 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Team Amick was forced to take a provisional starting spot for the First Union 200. While trying to get a lap back during a late race caution, Amick made contact with the No. 90 of Brad Loney, causing heavy damage to the No. 35 and leaving Team Amick with a 37th place finish on the day.

"Last year, we felt like we could qualify well, "Amick remembers, "but the car who went out just ahead of us in qualifying oiled the track down pretty bad. We were slipping and sliding all over the place after that, as were a lot of the cars that qualified after us, and we ended up starting 39th. It's so hard to pass here, we never could make up for that bad starting spot."

CREW CHIEF, RICKY PEARSON
On Nazareth Speedway- "I have to be honest, even though I won a race here in 1993 with Robert Pressley, it's not one of my favorite places to race. Nazareth is one of those tracks where you had better be close on your set-up, because if you miss it by even a little, it's going to be hard to make it up on the track. It's a one-groove racetrack, and there's nowhere to pass. You hope that you've got the car dialed in before qualifying so you can get a good starting spot, because you're not going to have much of a chance to pick up many positions during the race."

Lyndon Amick's Career Busch Series Statistics at Nazareth Speedway Year Finish Start Laps Winnings Condition 5/23/99 37 39 138 / 168 $ 6,720.00 ACCIDENT

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robert Pressley , Lyndon Amick