BUSCH: Team Amick Dover weekend preview

Fourth Time's A Charm- Team Amick will compete at Dover Downs International Speedway for only the fourth time since making the jump to the NASCAR Busch Series in 1997. Team Amick's best finish at the facility came in the MBNA 200 in ...

Fourth Time's A Charm- Team Amick will compete at Dover Downs International Speedway for only the fourth time since making the jump to the NASCAR Busch Series in 1997. Team Amick's best finish at the facility came in the MBNA 200 in September of 1997, where they finished 17th.

Substitute- Lyndon Amick served as a substitute driver in last year's MBNA Gold 200 at Dover Downs in his own car! With Team Amick Motorsports having a tough season in 1999, Amick took a seven-race hiatus from the driver's seat during the middle of last year's schedule. The team asked NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler to step in and drive the No. 35 to evaluate Team Amick's equipment.

After qualifying the No. 35 entry in the 23rd starting spot for last fall's Dover Busch race, Sadler hit the wall in turn three during Busch happy hour practice. While not seriously injured, Sadler elected to sit out the MBNA Gold 200 after being taken to the Infield Care Center. Amick was called into action, and after starting dead last in the field (due to the substitution), he turned in a respectable 27th place finish.

Truckin'- Lyndon will find himself behind the wheel of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck in Dover, but only for a day. Amick will serve as a stand-in driver for Ken Schrader's No. 52 Chevy Silverado Craftsman Truck in the optional five-hour practice session for the trucks on Wednesday afternoon. Schrader will be testing his Winston Cup car at Charlotte on Wednesday, but will arrive in Dover on Thursday in time to practice and qualify the truck for Friday's MBNA Palladian Travel 200. Amick drove Schrader's truck at two Craftsman Truck Series events this season, in Daytona and Indianapolis (where he finished second).

Test Session- Team Amick will take part in the open test session scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, September 25-26, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The team will take the same car they used at South Boston, VA, earlier this season, now fitted with a new body. Not The Only One- Lyndon is not the only member of the Amick family who's racing these days. His older brother, David Amick, just completed his first year of road racing in a family-owned Dodge Viper in the Super Grand Sport (SGS) Class of the Motorola Cup North American Street Stock Championship Series. Along with his co-driver, road-racing veteran Joe Varde, David Amick won five of the ten SGS events on the Motorola Cup schedule. Team Amick claimed the team championship in the SGS class last weekend at the Virginia International Raceway, and Varde and Amick finished one-two in the driver's points standings.

Driver- Lyndon Amick

On Dover: "To me, it's like a bigger version of Bristol (Motor Speedway). The only difference is that you can hit the wall a lot harder here at Dover. The concrete surface makes the race track much more consistent when the weather changes than an asphalt surface does. You don't realize how consistent the Dover track is until you go to someplace like Charlotte, where weather changes can really make the track slippery."

<pre> Lyndon Amick's Career Busch Series Statistics at Dover Downs Year Finish Start Laps Earnings Condition 6/3/00 35 40 193 / 200 $11,780.00 Running 9/25/99 27 23 ** 189 / 200 $ 8,910.00 Running 9/20/97 17 31 200 / 200 $ 5,260.00 Running ** = Serving as a substitute driver for the injured Elliott Sadler, Amick started 43rd in the field

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ken Schrader , Lyndon Amick , David Amick , Joe Varde , Elliott Sadler