BUSCH: Team Amick South Boston preview



A Man On The Move- Lyndon has racked up some frequent flyer miles this week, crisscrossing the country as he prepares for upcoming events on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule. On Monday and Tuesday, Amick was out West at the Bondurant Road Racing School in Phoenix, AZ. On Wednesday, he and his team headed to the racetrack in Hickory, NC, for an informal test session in preparation for this weekend's Textilease Medique 300. Thursday found the members of Team Amick at Watkins Glen International for a day of testing on the 2.54-mile road course. Amick then flew back home to Mooresville, NC, Thursday night to sleep in his own bed, before driving up to South Boston, VA, early Friday afternoon.

Familiar Surroundings- As a veteran Busch Series crew chief with 19 years experience, Ricky Pearson knows South Boston Speedway as well as almost anyone in motorsports. If Pearson can lead Team Amick to Victory Lane there this weekend, it will mark his fifth win at the facility. With his older brother Larry handling the driving duties, Pearson claimed three victories at the track in two years (one in 1987 and two in 1988). Pearson returned to the winner's circle in 1994, while working on the Alliance Racing Team entry with Dennis Setzer behind the wheel.

Rub You The Wrong Way- Amick qualified in the top-10 for last year's race (8th), and appeared to be headed for a top-five finish before some brake ductwork rubbed a hole in one of the front tires on the No. 35 entry. Having to pit under green flag conditions, Team Amick ended up losing several laps, and ended up 19th in the final rundown. The 19th position seems to be a comfortable place for Amick at South Boston. He started in that spot in the 1998 event, and finished there in the 1999 race.

Driver- Lyndon Amick On The Importance of Qualifying: "I think that, with 43 cars running this year instead of the 36 we're used to seeing, it's going to make it that much more important to qualify well. There's going to be a ton of lapped cars in the way as the race wears on, and it's going to get pretty hairy out there at times. If we can get the car to turn in the corners, we'll be fine. I just hope we can start up front and stay out of the big wrecks, because you know there's going to be a few of those."

Crew Chief- Ricky Pearson On The Bigger Field For This Year's Event: "I like short track racing, but 43 cars is just too many to put on a three-eighths of a mile track. I know it will give a lot more guys the chance to start the race, but I don't that the track is big enough to have a good race with that many cars. There's going to be a lot of frustrated teams, and a lot of torn-up sheet metal, you can count on that." <pre> Lyndon Amick's Career Busch Series Statistics at South Boston Year Finish Start Laps Winnings Condition 7/25/98 9 19 300/300 $ 5,300.00 RUNNING 6/12/99 19 8 297/300 $ 7,525.00 RUNNING

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Drivers Lyndon Amick , Dennis Setzer