Atlanta Race Report

Michael Annett, driver of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, finished 15th in Saturday’s Rinnai 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Annett is currently eighth in the NXS point standings, improving six positions from last week, as he managed to keep his Pilot Flying J Camaro out of trouble throughout the day.

The Des Moines, Iowa native rolled off the grid from the 18th position and picked up two positions in the first 15 laps of the 163-lap event. Around lap 25, Annett cued up the radio and let the No. 5 Pilot Flying J team know that his Camaro was tight in the center and off the corner of Turn 2. The yellow flag flew over the speedway on lap 42 and that gave Annett the opportunity to come to pit road for tires, fuel, and adjustments. Thanks to a tremendous pit stop, the No. 5 car gained four positions and restarted the race 11th for the beginning of Stage Two.

While the No. 5 Camaro was a little too tight in the first stage, it was a little too loose in the second stage. By lap 57, Annett was scored in the 15th position and moved back two additional positions to 17th before crossing the stripe to end Stage Two. Upon returning to pit road, the call from the box was to reverse the changes made from the last stop while taking on fuel and four fresh tires.

Stage Three saw Annett restarting from the 15th position. From lap 88 to lap 110, Annett succeeded in picking off two more positions to 13th. At this point in the race, the No. 5 Chevrolet was experiencing a very loose condition and that forced Annett back to 15th place when the caution came out at lap 119 for a blown tire off the No. 20 of Denny Hamlin. Restarting 14th, Annett would only lose one additional position as he crossed the finish line 15th. This is the second top-15 finish for the No. 5 Pilot Flying J team out of two races in 2017.

Kyle Busch crossed the line first and took home the trophy from Atlanta. He was followed by Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, and Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet: “The No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was fast today at Atlanta. We had some trouble getting the handling to cooperate throughout the day and that made us lose a little ground on the restarts. Overall, I am pleased with the performance of our team and the hard work they put in over the weekend. We will take this 15th place finish and move on to Las Vegas.”

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