Amick Finishes 29th - Team Amick NAPA Auto Parts 300 Report

13 February 1999


 Daytona Beach, Florida (February 13, 1999)-Lyndon Amick, driver of the #35
SCANA/Powertel Chevy Monte Carlo, finished 29th today in the NAPA Auto Parts
300 after having led the race under caution.  Amick was in position to win
the race with only 35 laps remaining when he experienced transmission
problems on the restart.

"Coming up on the restart I had my hand in the air to signal Dale Jr. that
I was about to go."  

"I hit 7800 RPMs and then lost second gear."  Amick says he waved Dale 
Earnhardt Jr. around after realizing his transmission had failed.  
A number of front-runners were then involved in a wreck attempting
to pass Amick as he pulled the #35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet to the bottom of
the apron.

"I feel really bad for those guys that were behind me because the last
thing I wanted to do was lose my transmission, and for the guys behind me to
get into a wreck," says Amick.  "I feel bad that this happened, but there
really was nothing I could do."

"I tried to wave them by, but things happen so fast on the track, especially 
here in Daytona,"  he continues.

The day proved to be a tough day for Team Amick, but it also showed that the
team is working hard to be competitive.  Amick's Chevrolet ran second and
fourth fastest during practices prior to the race.  Team owner, Bill Amick,
has recruited and hired both veteran manager, Barry Dodson, and crew chief
Buddy Barnes.  Their leadership and talent was reflected in part by having
solid pit stops, although according to team members, the pit crew has
accomplished faster times in practice.  On Amick's first stop, he moved from
mid-pack into the top ten.

 Overall Team Amick remained positive despite the outcome of today’s event.
"We were running up front when the transmission broke, but the important
thing was not that a part broke, but that we were up front," Amick says. "It
lets us know we're doing the right things at the race shop and on the track,
and hopefully we'll be back up front next week at Rockingham."

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