NASCAR FANS WILL SEE DOUBLE AT MEMPHIS CONCORD, NC (October 28)- Race fans will be seeing double when the cars take to the track for this weekend's NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division event at the Memphis Motorsports Park. Team...
NASCAR FANS WILL SEE DOUBLE AT MEMPHIS
CONCORD, NC (October 28)- Race fans will be seeing double when the cars take to the track for this weekend's NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division event at the Memphis Motorsports Park.
Team Amick Motorsports announced Wednesday that drivers Lyndon Amick and Jeff Fuller will attempt to qualify two cars with identical paint schemes in the inaugural Sam's Town 250 at Memphis. Amick will be behind the wheel of the No.35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet that the team has raced all season, while Fuller will try to make the show in a second car carrying the No. 88.
While many in the crowd might think it's some kind of Halloween trick, the sight of the two identically painted Chevy Monte Carlos competing in the same race is actually a one-time treat for some special fans attending the Oct. 31 race.
"We wanted to do something special for our first race at Memphis," said team owner Bill Amick. "We've got quite a few guests coming to see us race this weekend, and we want to let our sponsors know how much we appreciate all they've done for us this year. Hopefully, we'll get some good media coverage and give our fans two cars to root for at the same time."
Lyndon Amick, who has piloted the team's entry in 16 events this season, will again drive the No. 35 Chevy in this weekend's race. Amick stepped in when Winston Cup rookie Elliott Sadler, who has driven four Busch Series events in the No. 35 this year, decided not to compete in the Memphis event. Sadler said the decision not to drive was based on several factors.
"One of the main reasons I agreed to drive for Team Amick in the Busch Series was to learn more about the tracks I drive at in the Winston Cup Series," said Sadler. "Since Memphis is not on the Cup schedule, I don't know how much I can learn from racing there that will be useful to me on the Cup side. There's always a risk of getting hurt in any race, and I'm not sure the benefits outweigh the possible costs in this case."
Sadler also points out that Amick, who was already scheduled to drive the No. 88 in the Memphis race, has more experience at the track in the team's cars. Amick and the crew tested at the Memphis facility earlier this month.
"Lyndon and the team got some quality practice time during their test session, but my Winston Cup commitments kept me from being there," explained Sadler. "With me having no practice time at the facility, it just made more sense to have Lyndon drive the No. 35."
With Lyndon Amick moving over from the No. 88 to drive the No. 35, team owner Bill Amick went looking for someone to pilot the team's second entry at the Sam's Town 250. That search ended as soon as the elder Amick bumped into Jeff Fuller at the North Carolina Motor Speedway last Saturday.
"As soon as Jeff and I spoke, I knew he was the right man for the job," Amick said of Fuller, the 1995 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year. "He's a very talented driver, and he's a good person. I'm looking forward to seeing him perform in our equipment, and I'm happy to give him the opportunity. The whole team feels very confident that he'll do a tremendous job for us."
Race fans should take note that Fuller's appearance in the No. 88 is a special one-race deal. Lyndon Amick is scheduled to drive the car in the only other race in which it will be entered this season, the HotWheels.com 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 13.
Plans call for Elliott Sadler to be back behind the wheel of the No. 35 entry at Phoenix and Homestead, the two remaining races on the Busch Series schedule after Memphis.
"This is definitely a one-time special event for a special occasion," said Lyndon Amick. "We hope the race fans will enjoy 'seeing double' at Memphis this weekend. Just think of it as Team Amick's Halloween treat to the greatest fans in the world."