Michael Annett Kansas Recap

Optimism was high in the No. 5 Pilot Flying J pit for Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 for NASCAR Xfinity Series cars at Kansas Speedway, but it didn’t last long. Coming into Turn 2 on the initial start of the 200-lap event, driver Michael Annett was caught in a multi-car crash. The resulting damage ended his day with a wrecked Chevrolet Camaro and a faint hope of what might have been.

Annett, who qualified 15th for the 30th of 33 series races, was hard on the gas as the field made it through Turn 1. In the middle of the corner, contact among the leaders sent cars all over the track. Annett, who had started on the bottom lane, was able to miss the initial contact and with the guidance of spotter Kevin Hamlin, had gotten as low as he could off Turn 2 when he encountered the No. 22 of Austin Cindric. With nowhere left to go, Annett slammed into the side of the No. 22, lifting that car off the ground and punishing the front end of the Pilot Flying J machine.

Coming to a stop along the backstretch, Annett climbed out of his destroyed Camaro and took his mandatory trip to the infield care center, ending his day without completing a lap. He was classified 40th at the finish.

Michael Annett Quote: “It was going to be a good one today. I got as low as I could get when all that happened, but the cars coming off the wall were all across the track and I hit the 22 pretty solid. I hate it for Pilot Flying J team, but there was just nowhere that I could go to miss it. We qualified well and had a plan for the day to maximize our points, but we didn’t get the chance. We’ll go to Texas in a couple of weeks and continue to work hard.”

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