Michael Annett Charlotte Race Report

Michael Annett, driver of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, finished 36th in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Despite being involved in a late-race caution that ended the day early for the No. 5 team, Annett still remains in the top 10 in points, sitting ninth.

The 30-year-old Iowa native rolled off the starting grid from the 23rd position and incurred slight damage on the right-side door during the caution on lap 4. The damage was not causing any tire rub, so the call from atop the pit box was to stay out. Annett was running 27th when a wreck on lap 18 brought the field to a caution. Jason Stockert, crew chief, opted to bring the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Camaro to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment in order to free the car up from a tight-handling condition. When Stage One came back to green, Annett was scored in the 30th position with 20 laps remaining. Annett picked off 10 cars as he crossed the finish line to conclude Stage One in 20th.

After bringing the No. 5 Camaro to pit road at the end of Stage One for wedge adjustments, four tires, and fuel, Annett restarted Stage Two from the 18th position. Surprisingly, Stage Two went caution free and the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet battled for the 16th position for a majority of the stage. By lap 63, Annett relayed to the Pilot Flying J team that the No. 5 car was still tight in the turns and that he was having issues keeping his cooling box running properly. Stage Two concluded with Annett crossing the start/finish line in 17th.

Annett started the final stage in the 15th position and drifted back to 18th with 79 laps remaining. A caution at lap 125 gave the No. 5 team the opportunity to bring the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet to pit road for a track-bar adjustment and four tires. This stop was slower than normal in order to make sure the team got some ice bags to Annett to cool him down from the tremendous heat in the car. With 23 laps remaining, Annett and the No. 4 of Ross Chastain were battling for 18th when Chastain forced Annett higher than normal in Turn 4 which resulted in the right side of the No. 5 car obtaining major damage. Annett brought the car down pit road for evaluation and it was concluded by team that the damage could not be repaired. Annett’s day would end early, but he still remains ninth in the point standings and only two points back from eighth.

Ryan Blaney took home the trophy from Charlotte Motor Speedway today. He was followed by Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet: “Well that was not the finish I was hoping for. We ran pretty well the majority of the day, but we struggled with some tight-handling issues. I hate this for my Pilot Flying J team. They worked their butts off this weekend and to be knocked out with 20 laps to go is a shame. We will rebound from this and move on.”

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