Las Vegas Race Report

Michael Annett, driver of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, finished 21st in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Pilot Flying J team started the day from the 28th position and was bound and determined to improve as much as possible. Battling a tight-handling car, Annett managed to work his way up to the 25th position within the first 40 laps of the 200-lap event. At the conclusion of Stage One, Annett opted to bring the No. 5 Chevrolet down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment.

This stop helped Annett maneuver the car through the turns better and advanced him to position 24 by lap 54 in the second stage. While running in the 24th position, Annett was one lap down, but was in the “lucky dog” spot and managed to gain his lap back when the caution flag flew at lap 81 for the spinning car of Brendan Gaughan. The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet stayed in the 24th position as Stage Two came to an end.

The tight handling condition remained in the Final Stage, but Annett fought as hard as he could to keep the No. 5 Camaro in the hunt. Annett spent lap 103 through 118 going back and forth with the No. 23 of Spencer Gallagher and the No. 39 of Ryan Sieg for the 20th position. By lap 118, Gallagher and Sieg surrendered their positions and the No. 5 took over until lap 143. Green flag pit stops shuffled the field late in the Final Stage and the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet netted out the 23rd position. With outstanding pit stops and determination of the No. 5 team, Annett was able to reel in two more positions and crossed the finish line in a hard-fought 21st.

Joey Logano crossed the line first to win at Las Vegas. He was followed by Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Dillon rounding out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet: “The Pilot Flying J team worked hard today trying to free up our Camaro from the tight condition that we battled the majority of the day. I am pleased with the effort our team showed today and we are going to take what we learned here and move forward to Phoenix.”

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