BUSCH: Lyndon Amick looks for better effort at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1)- Anyone who has spent time in Las Vegas knows how quickly your luck can change. At last year's Sam's Town 300, the members of Team Amick Motorsports learned that lesson all too well. Posting the best qualifying effort of...

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1)- Anyone who has spent time in Las Vegas knows how quickly your luck can change. At last year's Sam's Town 300, the members of Team Amick Motorsports learned that lesson all too well.

Posting the best qualifying effort of his NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division (NBS) career, driver Lyndon Amick began the 1999 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the inside of the second row.

Less than 13 laps into the event, the team's excitement turned to disappointment. As Amick threatened Mark Martin for the race lead, his engine failed. Knocking Amick out of contention, the mechanical problem left Team Amick with a last-place finish on the day.

The experience, while frustrating, was one that Lyndon Amick hopes to at least partially repeat at this year's Sam's Town 300.

"I definitely want to start up front again," Amick says, "but I sure would like to finish a lot closer to the front this year as well."

Amick believes that another engine problem at this year's event is unlikely, at best. The motor trouble at last year's Vegas race was one of only two engine failures the team suffered during the entire 1999 season. Amick gives the credit to the Team Amick Engine Shop for the reliability of his power plants.

"A lot of people don't realize that we're one of the only Busch teams who build their own motors," says Amick. "Bo Montgomery, our head engine builder, knows how to make horsepower, and he knows how to make an engine that lasts. Several teams want to lease our motors, but why give them the edge?"

Feeling confident about his team's motors, Amick believes that another strong qualifying effort is in the cards for the No. 35 Powertel / Mitsubishi Wireless Monte Carlo. Despite losing the team's 1999 Vegas car in a crash at the Nazareth, PA, NBS event last spring, Team Amick has more ammunition at the ready.

"We've brought out the sister of the car we had here last season, and the two seem to handle very similarly," says Amick. "I don't think that qualifying in the top-five is out of the question at all. I like the view I have starting near the front, and I hope to get another great seat for this year's race."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Lyndon Amick , Mark Martin