Returning To The Scene Of The Record-- Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) holds a special place in Lyndon Amick's heart, just as Lyndon holds a special place in the record books of BMS. In 1996, at the ripe old age of 18, Lyndon became the youngest...
Returning To The Scene Of The Record-- Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) holds a special place in Lyndon Amick's heart, just as Lyndon holds a special place in the record books of BMS. In 1996, at the ripe old age of 18, Lyndon became the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR-sanctioned event at the .533-mile Speedway. Amick captured that honor during a NASCAR Goody's Dash Series event.
"That was a special night," said Amick. "It was only the second time I had raced at Bristol, and at one point we were ahead of the field by about three-quarters of a lap. I haven't been that dominant since that night, and I can't imagine getting that kind of a lead over a field of Busch Series drivers, but I'd love to have that kind of performance here again. It's only been four years, but it seems like a lifetime ago."
Double Time-- Team Amick Crew Chief Ricky Pearson has also tasted success at Bristol. With his older brother Larry driving, Pearson served as crew chief when their family-owned entry went to Victory Lane in both the 1987and 1988 fall events at BMS.
"Back then the track was asphalt," Pearson remembers, "but it's the same old Bristol. It's a fun place to race when you're having a good day, but it can be a miserable place when you're having a bad day."
Go Back, Jack, And Do It Again-- In the spring Bristol event, Lyndon Amick finished 19th after being penalized two laps for what NASCAR deemed "rough driving. Instead of restraining his young driver's aggressive driving style, Ricky Pearson believes that Amick would do well to drive more assertively.
"I encouraged him to get back to that. He needs to be more aggressive on these shorter racetracks," said Pearson. "I think that he has respect from the other drivers, but sometimes they try to take advantage of him on these shorter tracks. He needs to start standing tall, and stand up for himself a little more out there."
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow --The news that Myrtle Beach Speedway will not host a NBS event in 2001 hit South Carolina native Lyndon Amick particularly hard. Amick's first NBS career top-five finish came in his home state at the .538-mile tri-oval in July of 1998 (he finished fourth).
"Being from South Carolina, I'm sure it hit me a lot harder than it did some of the other drivers," said Amick. "I love the town and I have a lot of fans in the area, so I'll definitely miss racing there. For the past few years, my entire family would vacation together at the beach during the week leading up to the Myrtle Beach race, so that's something else about it that I'll really miss. I understand the reason for going to bigger markets like Chicago and Kansas, but when you lose tracks like Myrtle Beach and South Boston, you lose a little of the history of the sport. Progress is inevitable, but it still makes me a little sad."
To The Glen AGAIN! -- After the Food City 250 race on Friday night, Amick will make his fourth trip to Watkins Glen International Raceway this season. With fellow Busch Series competitor Hank Parker, Jr., serving as his co-driver, Amick will pilot a Team Amick Dodge Viper in the Super Grand Sport Class of the Motorola Cup Road Racing Series (MCS) on Saturday, August 26. The event will be Amick and Parker's third outing this season in the MCS, having also competed in events at Daytona and Homestead.
In addition to Saturday's race, Amick traveled to "The Glen" for a NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division (NBS) test session back in June, then competed in the June 25 Lysol 200 NBS race. Most recently, he came to watch his brother compete in the Busch North Series race earlier this month.
"I've gotten to know the Watkins Glen area pretty well," said Amick with a grin. "Hank and I are looking forward to getting back on the track up there, to get some more experience on a road course and to just have some fun. The track layout is a little different for the Motorola Cup, so if we remember to go the right direction when we're supposed to, we should be okay."
LYNDON AMICK'S CAREER BUSCH SERIES STATISTICS AT BRISTOL
DATE FINISH START LAPS WINNINGS CONDITION 3/25/00 19 28 247 $12,875.00 RUNNING 4/10/99 41 30 40 $5,470.00 ENGINE 8/22/97 23 35 247 $4,345.00 RUNNING