Nazareth, PA (May 20)- Lyndon Amick, driver of the no. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, says that his friendships with other drivers in the sport are worth their weight in gold. Amick hopes the ...
Nazareth, PA (May 20)- Lyndon Amick, driver of the no. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, says that his friendships with other drivers in the sport are worth their weight in gold.
Amick hopes the relationships he has with his NASCAR Busch Series cohorts will serve him well in the First Union 200 on Sunday at Nazareth Speedway. Being that he has never taken a lap on the D-shaped oval at Nazareth, Amick will call on friends like reigning Busch Series Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr., and two-time Champion Randy Lajoie to help him quickly adapt to the odd track layout.
"I've got 'little E' (Earnhardt Jr.) giving me some advice," explains Amick. "He and I are going to take a few laps in a rental car around the track before the first practice. It'll give me a chance to ask him how he runs here, and get a feel of the track before I'm running on it at top speed."
Amick says that the importance of quickly learning how to drive on the Nazareth track is magnified by the fact that he will only get one round of practice before making his qualifying attempt.
"It definitely puts the pressure on you to get a handle on it fairly quickly," Amick says. "At some tracks, you get two practice sessions before qualifying, so you can take your time. In Nazareth, it's going to be a scramble to get comfortable with the track. That's why the advice of people who've driven on a track before, like Dale Jr. and Lajoie, is so important."
Amick hopes that this weekend's race will not only offer him the opportunity to add another top-10 to his list of accomplishments this season, but will also help him forget his poor finish in Richmond last week.
After taking a provisional to start the race, Amick was sidelined less than 10 laps into the event, when a car spun in front of him. The resulting wreck damaged the no. 35 machine beyond repair.
"That was really disappointing, especially since we didn't really have a chance to get going in the race before we were out of it," Amick says. "The team had worked hard on that car, we had waited out a three hour rain delay to race, and then it was over before it really started. I'm hoping that's the last time that happens to this team."
After the race, Amick told his team that the bad luck would not repeat itself this weekend.
"I don't like to make predictions, but I told my team that we'll definitely be around at the end of the race on Sunday, and you can take that to the bank," Amick smiles. "The First Union bank, that is."