BUSCH: Team Amick Darlington pre event notes

Coming Home-- A native of Saluda, SC, Lyndon Amick returns to what he calls his "home track" this weekend. As always, a large contingent of family and friends will be on hand to cheer for Amick during Saturday's Dura Lube All Pro Bumper To...

Coming Home-- A native of Saluda, SC, Lyndon Amick returns to what he calls his "home track" this weekend. As always, a large contingent of family and friends will be on hand to cheer for Amick during Saturday's Dura Lube All Pro Bumper To Bumper 200. Amick says that having all the additional guests on hand is nothing but a positive for the members of Team Amick.

"This is one of the few tracks where I actually hear fans applauding for me during Driver Introductions, " Amick says with a laugh. "Seriously, I love having all of my family and friends rooting me on here. It's nice to know there is a lot of people in the stands who want to see me do well. I don't find it to be a distraction at all to have a lot of guests here, it actually makes me more focused on the job at hand, because I want to make my people proud."

Like Peas & Carrots-- For Team Amick's Crew Chief, Ricky Pearson, there are at least two reasons that he wants to do well at "The Lady In Black." First, Pearson's family name is synonymous with Darlington Raceway as his father, David "The Silver Fox" Pearson, went to Victory Lane here on nine occasions. The elder Pearson holds the record for the most Winston Cup wins at Darlington, and Ricky Pearson wants to uphold the tradition of his family doing well at this historic facility. Secondly, Pearson says that when he has a bad day at Darlington, he's sure to hear about it from his father, in the form of some good-natured ribbing.

"Dad always wants us to do well, but he watches us even more closely when we come here to Darlington," says Pearson. "He likes to give me a hard time whenever we have a bad showing, but he sure turns it up a notch when it happens at this track. My goal is to not give him any ammunition."

Back In The Saddle-- After posting nine top-20 finishes in the first 16 events of the year, Team Amick felt they had a realistic shot at a win during the second half of the 2000 Busch Series season. Since the June 17 Myrtle Beach event, however, the team has only managed one top-20, a 17th place finish in the Bristol race last weekend. Crew Chief Ricky Pearson says the team hopes to break out of their slump as they make return trips to tracks where they've performed well this season, including Darlington, where Team Amick finished 10th in the March 18 Sun Com 200.

"I don't know why we haven't performed up to our expectations in the past month or two," Pearson says. "We're still working as hard as we always have, but the results just haven't been there. The guys are excited, though, because we're going back to places where we've scored top-10's this year, like Richmond and Rockingham."

The biggest obstacle to achieving success during a period of less than stellar performances, Pearson says, doesn't come from within the team.

"What works against you is, you get outside people who are looking in, and they want to start pointing fingers when things aren't going great," states Pearson. "You have to stop your team from listening to those outside influences, or it'll ruin the chemistry of your team. We know we can be successful, because we have been this year. We just need a few breaks to fall our way."

FIVE MINUTES, MR. AMICK!--Lyndon Amick will try his hand at acting early next week, when he and fellow Busch Series competitors Jason Jarrett, Hank Parker, Jr. and Justin Labonte film a commercial in the Charlotte, NC, area for a new videogame they're all endorsing. "Jarrett and Labonte Stock Car Racing" for the Sony Playstation will be released in late October, with the commercial airing around that time.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Lyndon Amick , Jason Jarrett , Justin Labonte