Michael Annett Indianapolis Recap

Michael Annett had a good run going on Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but a mechanical issue derailed his day at the Brickyard and made his quest to reach the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs more difficult. Annett’s Pilot Flying J Chevrolet developed a bad vibration as the 100-lap race was nearing its halfway point and ended his day after 51 laps. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday, but rainy weather postponed it to Monday morning.

Annett started the race 17th after the field was set by series car owner points and spent the first 13 laps sorting out his Chevrolet after both practice and qualifying were rained out. By the time the competition came out after 10 laps, Annett had fallen to 20th place, and crew chief Travis Mack called his driver down pit road for four tires, fuel, a track-bar adjustment to cure a loose condition and some tape on the grille.

Following a caution flag for a huge accident in Turn 3 that involved JRM teammate Elliott Sadler on lap 23, Annett stayed out while the majority of the field came to pit road. The Iowa native began a one-lap blast to the end of the stage in ninth, but a huge pack caught up off Turn 4 and kicked him back to 14th at the green-checkered flag.

Crew chief Travis Mack kept Annett out on the Stage One break, which moved him up to sixth for the restart on lap 36. The pack racing around him cost Annett a spot on the second lap of green-flag racing, and by the time lap 40 clicked on the board, Annett was 20th. Four laps later, he reported to Mack that he had smoke in the car and that the vibration had kicked up.

Annett brought the car to pit road for four tires and fuel and went back out, but the problem did not go away. Eventually, Annett pulled the car to the garage for a more thorough inspection and ultimately retired after 51 laps. With the finish, Annett is still alive for a Playoff berth with only next week’s race Las Vegas Motor Speedway left to go.

Michael Annett Quote: “We were in a good spot just past halfway, but then my Pilot Flying J Chevrolet started smoking and vibrating. I thought it was a tire rub, but after we came down and changed all four, it wasn’t. I don’t really know what took us out of the race. It’s a shame, because we had some good speed left for the end of the race. Congratulations to Justin (Allgaier) and the No. 7 team on the victory, and we’ll go to Las Vegas and try to win that one.”

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