Michael Annett Pocono Recap

Michael Annett’s day at Pocono Raceway was filled with good things, but several bad things caused an early end to his run in the Pocono Green 250 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines. Annett crashed off Turn 2 on lap 57, racing in a pack of cars, and the resulting damage was too much to make it to the end of the 100-lap event.

Starting 22nd, Annett advanced eight spots to 14th over the 25-lap Stage One before pitting at the end of it for four tires and fuel. After a fast pit stop, the Iowa native began Stage Two 11th with a ton of momentum. Heading off Turn 1 onto the Long Pond Straight on the restart at lap 31, Annett’s Pilot Flying J Chevrolet got loose and spun on the low line with the whole field bearing down on him. Luckily, none of the trailing cars made contact and Annett was able to get back to the pits to change four tires without losing a lap. That put him 27th in the rundown and he made up nine spots before crew chief Jason Stockert called his driver to pit road again on lap 47, three laps from the end of Stage Two, to change right-side tires and add fuel. He returned to the track in 27th spot, the same place he’d been before the stop.

When Stage Two ended, Annett pointed the Pilot Flying J Chevy back down pit road for left-side tires, an air-pressure adjustment and more fuel, jumping 16 spots on the exchange and starting the final stage in ninth position. After advancing to eighth on the first lap of the final stage, Annett got loose again off Turn 2 and slid straight across the exit to the outside wall, collecting Chase Briscoe along the way. The impact did meaningful damage to both the body and the underpinnings of the No. 5, and sent Annett back to pit road for repairs. After going down a lap to the leaders, Stockert sent Annett back out to see if he could ride it out to the finish, but the damage was too great to overcome. He was forced to the garage after 66 laps and finished 35th, which slowed Annett’s charge to the NXS Playoffs. He dropped from 13th to 15th in the standings after 12 races.

Michael Annett Quote: “The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was good to go today, but we got into that accident off Turn 2 and that was it. It bent a lot of stuff underneath the car. I was able to race today, moved up a lot of spots and had a good plan to get to the end with a good finish, but I got loose off the Tunnel Turn and that was that. My hands were all the way to the right and they (cars around him) just kept coming. We will go to Michigan next week and see if we can do it again, this time with a much better outcome.”

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