Texas Race Report

Michael Annett, driver of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, finished 20th in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hard-nose racing and sheer endurance kept the Iowa native motivated while turning laps around the reconfigured and repaved TMS.

Annett took the green flag in the 34th position after a qualifying session that did not go according to plan. It did not take long for the No. 5 Chevrolet to start advancing through the field as he was scored in 29th by lap 10. The first caution of the day came out on lap 13, but the call from the box was to stay out and maintain track position. Restarting 27th, Annett came across the radio reporting that his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was tight through Turns 1 and 2. By the end of Stage One, Annett picked off another position to finish the stage in 26th, only one lap down.

Stage Two saw a ton of action with multiple cautions and aggressive racing. Lap 63 brought out a caution and the No. 5 was in the lucky dog position, gaining his lap back. Jason Stockert (crew chief) opted to keep the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet off pit road and save his allotment of tires for later on in the race. Lap 67 brought out the biggest multi-car caution of the day when the No. 6 of Bubba Wallace got turned around on the backstretch. Annett managed to slide through most of wreckage, but did obtain minor damage to the nose of his No. 5 Camaro. While pitting for four tires and fuel, the team determined that the nose was dented in, but there was no hole. Running in the 19th position when the caution flag flew at lap 87, the Pilot Flying J team opted to stay out and gain track position while most of the field pitted. Restarting ninth, Annett only surrendered five positions to finish Stage Two in 14th.

The third and final stage saw the No. 5 Camaro take the green flag from the 18th position. While Stage Two was filled with cautions, the Final Stage was caution free with one long green-flag run. Due to the damage on the nose of the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, Annett felt like the car was too tight and moving up the turns too much. Despite a tremendous effort by the Pilot Flying J team, Annett crossed the finish line in 20th position. This finish moved Annett back one position in the Xfinity Series points to ninth.

Erik Jones dominated the field today at Texas and took home the trophy. Rounding out the top five, in order, were Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and Cole Custer.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet: “Our Pilot Flying J team did a great job today at Texas. Handling was an issue for us for the majority of weekend and had we not gotten the damage on the nose, I believe we would have finished better than we did. Overall, I am happy with the hard work and sweat our No. 5 team showed this weekend and we’ll take what we learned and move on to Bristol.”

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