DOVER, DE (June 3)- After a frustrating start to his1999 season, Lyndon Amick hoped his bad fortune was behind him. The 21-year old Busch Series, Grand National Division driver and his team reeled off back-to-back top 10 finishes at Talladega and...
DOVER, DE (June 3)- After a frustrating start to his1999 season, Lyndon Amick hoped his bad fortune was behind him. The 21-year old Busch Series, Grand National Division driver and his team reeled off back-to-back top 10 finishes at Talladega and California a little over a month ago, and confidence was high.
Since that success, Amick has struggled to regain his momentum. His latest misfortune came at the Lowe's Motor Speedway last week, where Amick failed to qualify in the no. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet. In a season troubled with accidents and mechanical failures, this latest incident has fans scratching their heads as to the cause of the team's bad luck. Amick says the explanation is simple.
"That's just racing," Amick says. "We brought a new car to Charlotte, and just couldn't get it right in time. We finally found something to help it run on Friday morning, but qualifying in the heat of the day hurt us. There were just so many fast entries, our car would have had to be perfect, and we just couldn't get it there. It happens to everyone." In fact, six drivers in the top 15 in points took provisionals to make the field, including some of the biggest names in the series. Amick says that fact proves how difficult it can be for even seasoned veterans to get a feel for the speedway.
"When Lajoie and Jeff Green and those guys have to take a provisional to make the show, you know it's a tough track to get a handle on," Amick remarks. "Those guys have ten times the experience I do, so seeing them lets me know that it's still a struggle, even after years behind the wheel."
Heading into Dover, DE, this weekend for Saturday's MBNA Platinum 200, Amick remains steadfast in his confidence of his crew and his chances for success.
"I'm even more hungry now," he argues. "I tasted a little success at Talladega and California, and I liked it. Finishing near the front makes you realize what all this hard work is for. My crewmen deserve that kind of reward."
As for the misfortune that has plagued his team, Amick chalks it all up to experience. His belief in the adage, "what goes around, comes around," tells him that it's his team's time to shine.
"Somebody told me this sport is like a roller coaster ride. Lots of highs and lows, and quite a few bumps," Amick laughs. "We've seen more than our share of the lows, so there's got to be a lot more high points up ahead.
The key is to hang on until you get there."