NASHVILLE, TN (April 5)- After driving in four different racing series during Daytona Speedweeks, Lyndon Amick knows the meaning of the word "busy." But, the demanding schedule that the 22-year old NASCAR Busch Series regular endured during ...
NASHVILLE, TN (April 5)- After driving in four different racing series during Daytona Speedweeks, Lyndon Amick knows the meaning of the word "busy." But, the demanding schedule that the 22-year old NASCAR Busch Series regular endured during Speedweeks could pale in comparison to the hectic pace he'll set this weekend.
In addition to a test session at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday and the Nashville BellSouth Mobility 320 race on Saturday, Amick has a pressing appointment on Sunday in South Carolina- an appointment to walk down the aisle.
On Sunday afternoon, Amick will be joined in matrimony with Melanie Brown, his girlfriend of nearly three years. Brown, 22, hails from Johnston, SC. She will graduate in May from Clemson University, where she is studying Recreational Therapy.
The two will exchange vows in front of family and friends on Sunday afternoon at an Inn situated on the banks of Lake Murray in South Carolina.
While the idea of driving a racecar at 190 miles per hour makes most people anxious, Amick says that the thought of pulling off a successful wedding celebration is what makes him nervous.
"I'm just glad that I'm not the one making sure all the details are taken care of," Amick said. "Fortunately, all I have to do is show up and remember to wear my tuxedo. I don't think that it will affect the way I drive this weekend. If it does, (crew chief) Ricky Pearson will kick my behind all the way back to South Carolina."
Amick hopes he won't need Pearson's shoe as his mode of transportation, but the young driver will definitely log some time in transit on the team plane. Team Amick will fly down to Talladega early Thursday morning to test, then head straight to Nashville for this weekend's race.
As soon as the checkered flag flies on Saturday afternoon, Amick heads back to the airport to catch a flight to South Carolina in time for his rehearsal dinner. Amick hopes that flight will be delayed, for one very good reason.
"My dad (team owner Bill Amick) told me that there is only one excuse that's good enough if I'm late to the rehearsal dinner," said Amick, "and that's if I have to make a stop in Victory Lane. I hope Melanie would forgive me for that one."
Since Amick will be heading back to the Talladega Superspeedway next weekend for the April 15 Touchstone Energy 300, the honeymoon will have to wait a week for the newlyweds. Amick and his new bride plan to head off to an undisclosed location for some rest and relaxation right after the Talladega event.
"I've been keeping the location of the honeymoon a secret for over a year now," said Amick. "I think everyone knows except her, or at least I hope no one has let it slip yet. It's way off the beaten path, I'll tell you that much. It's going to be very special."
The honeymoon secret is not the first time Amick has been known to withhold information from his fiance'. As a matter of fact, Brown says that Amick used a little selective information dissemination to get her to go out with him the first time.
"Lyndon and I met at a church function," Brown remembers, "and he asked me if I wanted to go out with him and a bunch of other people. He said there would be a lot of other couples going, but it ended up just being us and one other couple. I thought that was a little sneaky, but we had a great time, and look where we ended up."
When reminded of the incident, Amick remains unapologetic.
"Hey, you learn in racing that you do whatever it takes to be successful," Amick says with a grin. "I did what I had to do, and I don't think anyone can argue with the results. I, for one, couldn't be happier with the way things turned out."
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