TALLADEGA, AL (APRIL 14)- No one hated to see qualifying get rained out for Saturday's Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway more than NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Lyndon Amick. After posting the second-fastest...
TALLADEGA, AL (APRIL 14)- No one hated to see qualifying get rained out for Saturday's Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway more than NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Lyndon Amick.
After posting the second-fastest lap in the only practice session on Thursday afternoon with a lap of 50.909 seconds at 188.100 miles per hour, the 22 year-old pilot of the No. 35 Powertel/Mitsubishi Wireless Chevrolet was itching to get behind the wheel to make a qualifying run.
"I'm very disappointed right now," Amick said on Friday morning when he learned that no qualifying runs would be made. "We were fast right off the truck, and I honestly believe we stood a decent shot at winning our first pole. I really wanted to at least get a chance to show what our car is capable of, but what can you do about the weather? I've never been more ready to make a qualifying run in my life."
When the continuing rains forced NASCAR to set the field based on owner's points, Team Amick saw their chances for a top-10 starting spot for Saturday's race go out the window. Instead, the No. 35 entry will roll off from the 21st position.
Still, after suffering his only DNQ (Did Not Qualify) at the first restrictor plate race of the season at Daytona, Amick says he's happy to be in the race at all.
"We brought the same car that we had at Daytona, but we did put new sheet metal on it," Amick said of the team's 2000 Monte Carlo entry. "We didn't get a chance to test here last week, so we really didn't know if the new body we put on that chassis was going to help or hurt. We nearly flipped a coin to see if we were going to run this car, but I think we made the right decision."
Now, Amick hopes the rains hold off long enough on Saturday to get the Touchstone Energy 300 in the books. Not only does Amick want to race, but he's also got some plans for the upcoming off week.
"I want to get this race in so that I can go on my honeymoon," said Amick. "I'm supposed to head out first thing Sunday morning from Charlotte and be out of town about 11 days, so I'm hoping to get this race finished before I'm scheduled to leave. Next time, I guess I ought to buy refundable airline tickets, don't you think?"