Annett heads to Atlanta with momentum after third at Road America

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

With seven top-10’s on the season, JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett captured his first top-five of 2021 on Saturday at Road America.

Annett began Saturday’s 45-lap race in the 12th position but quickly gained valuable positions in the first stage, working his way up to an eighth-place finish. During stage two, a lap-14 caution waved for a crash involving teammate Sam [Mayer]. That’s when Annett came down pit road for four tires and fuel. Returning to the track in 29th and sporting fresh tires, Annett was able to move up 12 positions to 17th once the stage concluded.

As stage three kicked off, Annett’s No. 1 Allstate Peterbilt Group 50th Anniversary Chevy dropped from ninth to 15th.  35-year-old Annett would come [back down] pit road after a lap-27 caution for a crash in turn 1 for four tires and fuel. Restarting in 22nd, Annett wouldn’t stay there for long, grabbing five positions over the next three times around the track.

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Yet another caution would wave on lap-36, with the No. 1 hitting pit road for his final set of tires and a splash of fuel. Furthermore, Annett was able to avoid a 10-car crash at the end and make it through unscathed.

In final restart of the day in Saturday’s Henry 180, the JR Motorsports driver fired off from 11th gaining eight positions. He would take the checkered flag in third-place and lead the way for the organization.

“One of the keys to today is that all the fenders are still on the Allstate Peterbilt Group 50th Anniversary Chevrolet and there’s not a whole lot of damage on it,” said Annett in a post-race press release. “Bummy (crew chief Mike Bumgarner) made a great strategy call and put tires on late in the race.”

“You never know if the caution is going to come out or not. And I told him with 10 to go, we’re not going to have a long green-flag run. The 54 [Kyle Busch] had a heck of a restart there at the end. Then the 18 got me there at the end. I didn’t think our first top-five of the season would come at a road course [but] we’ll take it and the momentum on to Atlanta next week.”

Annett’s third-place finish is his first finish in the top-three since Chicagoland in June of 2019. With the series heading into next Saturday’s Credit Karma Money 250 from Atlanta, Annett will seek his first win of the season and his third top-10 at the [Hampton] Georgia track.

In Annett’s last three starts at Atlanta, he has earned finishes of 12th, 11th and seventh. His best finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the track to date is his seventh-place finish earlier this year.

The 163-lap / 251 miles Credit Money Karma 250 is scheduled for 3:30pm Eastern on NBCSN.

 

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Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog not to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends. .

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