Michael Annett Chicagoland Recap

Michael Annett was running in the lead group with 70 laps remaining in Saturday’s Overton’s 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Chicagoland Speedway, on a strategy that would have put him in position to challenge for a spot in the top 10 at the end of the day. A handling condition that caused the front of his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet to snap him loose at times sent him into the outside wall on lap 129, and the resulting suspension damage ended his day in 30th position.

Annett had been having a solid day prior to the contact, despite temperatures near 100 degrees at the start. Starting 19th, the Iowa native had made up four spots to 15th in the first 17 laps and ran there on lap 24, when a tight condition cropped up. The attitude made the front of his Pilot Flying J Camaro slide the nose out of the corner, and to complicate matters, it would snap loose on exit. Annett corrected the slide and went on without losing track position, but the scenario would play out again later in the race.

Crew chief Jason Stockert gave Annett four new tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the end of Stage One, after Annett had driven to a 15th-place finish. The Pilot Flying J pit crew picked up a spot during the stop and Annett started Stage Two from 14th spot. Following a solid restart, he advanced to 12th inside four laps before losing a spot to JRM teammate Tyler Reddick, who was coming back after a pit-stop miscue. Annett finished 14th in Stage Two, setting up a solid launch pad for the final 110-lap run to the checkered.

As the final stage began, Annett was running 16th on lap 100 when the caution flag waved for a three-car accident in Turns 3 and 4. Annett gained two spots on the initial surge and was 14th when another yellow waved for debris on lap 115. Stockert called his driver down pit road for four more tires and fuel in an attempt to gain track position later in the race. Chase Briscoe stayed out, which put Annett 15th for the restart on lap 121. Eight laps later, Annett’s day ended with the wall contact and a broken suspension.

Michael Annett Quote: “The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was having a pretty good day, but had been snapping loose off the corner at times. It did it again, the same thing that happened to me early in the race, and I over-corrected. It just killed the right front suspension and ended our day. I’ve talked all year about getting some momentum, and we’ll go on to Daytona and see if we can find it there.”

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