BUSCH: Team Amick Richmond preview

Focus On The Future-- This weekend at Richmond, Team Amick and the other Busch Series competitors will try to make the most of the 55-minute practice session scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Lyndon Amick says the team will spend the time ...

Focus On The Future-- This weekend at Richmond, Team Amick and the other Busch Series competitors will try to make the most of the 55-minute practice session scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Lyndon Amick says the team will spend the time focusing on the race set-up for the No. 35, and will then focus on their qualifying set-up on the morning of Friday, September 8.

"We feel pretty good about qualifying on Friday," says Amick, who started 15th in the Spring event at Richmond in May, "so we'll work on getting the car to handle on long green-flag runs on Thursday afternoon. We'd rather start fresh on our qualifying set-up on Friday morning, so we'll use the extra time to set-up the car for race conditions, instead of trying to do it all in Happy Hour."

Getting By With A Little Help From His Friends-- In last fall's Richmond race, Virginia native Elliott Sadler filled in for Amick in the No. 35 in the September 10 Autolite Platinum 250. Sadler drove the Team Amick entry to a sixth-place finish after starting all the way back in 35th.

Looking For Another Top-10-- The members of Team Amick Motorsports come to Richmond looking for their fourth top-10 finish of the season and their first since finishing ninth at the May 5 Hardee's 250 at Richmond. Since May, the best finish the team has been able to manage is an 11th place result at New Hampshire. Amick says he's puzzled by the team's lackluster performance in recent weeks.

"It looked like it was all coming together earlier this season," says Amick, "but we don't know what changed to cause us to start running poorly. We're working just as hard as we always have, but we're getting caught up in a lot of incidents that we didn't cause. It's frustrating, but we hope to turn it around here at Richmond."

Bitten By The Acting Bug-- Lyndon Amick, along with Jason Jarrett, Justin Labonte and Hank Parker, Jr., spent all day Wednesday, September 5, filming a commercial in a warehouse in downtown Charlotte. The four young drivers are all endorsing a new racing game for the Sony Playstation called Jarrett & Labonte Stock Car Racing, that will be released in October. The commercial will begin airing this fall on ESPN, ESPN2, MTV and SPEEDVISION.

Of his "acting" debut, Amick said, "It was really a lot of fun, but there's a lot of sitting around and waiting that I really didn't enjoy that much. We filmed for about 12 hours, and I was definitely ready for it to be over with by the end of the day. I did get to hang out with Jason, Justin and Hank all day, so that was a nice added bonus. The company that shot the commercial was very professional, so I enjoyed watching them do their thing. The thing I enjoyed the most was, they had breakfast for me when I got there, and I had a make-up lady who combed my hair for me. I could get used to that!"

DRIVER- LYNDON AMICK

On the Richmond International Raceway- "I love Richmond. I think it's a great little short track, and Ricky (Pearson, Amick's crew chief) has had a lot of success here. We hope to qualify as well as we did in the spring race (15th) and avoid some of the early wrecks. Being stuck back in the pack is no fun on a short track, but it can be overcome. Look at Elliott (Sadler), he drove our car here last fall, started back in 35th and finished 6th. So I know you can start in the back and finish well here, I just hope that I don't have to test that theory this weekend."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Lyndon Amick , Jason Jarrett , Elliott Sadler