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YOUNGEST DRIVER TO EVER WIN AT BRISTOL HOPES TO RETURN TO VICTORY LANE SATURDAY
CONCORD, NC (April 9, 1999)-Lyndon Amick, the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR event at Bristol Motor Speedway, hopes to return to his winning ways there Saturday at the Moore's Snacks 250.
Amick's record-setting win came in 1996, the same year he claimed the Goody's Dash Series Championship. Now piloting the #35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet in his first full season on the Busch Series circuit, the 21 year-old driver and his team have struggled this year. Returning to the site of one of his greatest successes is exactly the boost he and the team need to turn their season around, Amick believes.
"I love racing on short tracks, and Bristol has to be my favorite of those," says Amick. "I hope that getting back to a short track will give us a good run and a good finish, and that's exactly what we need right now. I enjoy close racing, so Bristol can be a lot of fun for me." Fun is something that Amick has not had a lot of in recent weeks, considering the bad luck that has hounded the #35 team in 1999.
Mechanical failures and accidents have taken their toll on Team Amick in the point standings. At the season opener in Daytona, Amick was running in first place on a restart when his transmission broke, dropping him to a 29th place finish. After qualifying third at Las Vegas, a career best, Amicks' motor blew just 12 laps into the event, resulting in a 43rd place finish.
In Atlanta, the car qualified ninth and was running in the top ten when Amick got caught up in an eight-car wreck that left him in 29th place. At Darlington the following week, Amick wrecked his primary car in the first practice, and was unable to qualify in the backup. This is the point where poor finishes really took their toll, says Amick. "Had we finished better in just one race up to that point, we'd have been in position to at least take a provisional. Going home after qualifying in the top ten two weeks in a row was hard to swallow," Amick remembers. The latest setback of the season came in Nashville last weekend, where an ill-handling car resulted in another DNQ (did not qualify).
Despite his struggles this year, Amick maintains a positive outlook. "I know that all our hard work will pay off. When you get caught up in someone else's wrecks, or something breaks on the car, I can deal with that. That's just a part of racing," Amick says. "We're running well when we're not getting wrecked, so I know the ability to succeed is there. We just need to catch some breaks."
If Amick and his team can catch a break on Saturday, the youngest driver to ever win at Bristol hopes to become the most recent driver to win there as well.