Michael Annett Dover Race Report

Michael Annett, driver of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, finished 14th in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Annett remains ninth in the Xfinity Series point standings.

The Des Moines, Iowa native fired the engine on the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet and rolled out 23rd for the start of the 200-lap event. Annett drove hard during the first stage and really tried to get a good feel for his Pilot Flying J Camaro. Cautions became the major issue of Stage One, but thanks to veteran spotter Kevin Hamlin, Annett was able to weave his way through the four cautions with no damage to his Camaro. After the yellow was displayed on lap 43, the No. 5 team opted to stay out and save tires for later in the race. Ultimately, Annett managed to make up four spots to 19th when the stage-ending caution came out. The call from the pit box was for four tires, fuel, and a track-bar adjustment before the start of Stage Two.

The 30-year-old restarted 21st and advanced his Camaro up to 18th when the yellow flag came out on lap 77 for a wreck in Turn 2. Annett cued up the radio and informed the team that his car was just a tick tighter than it was during Stage One. While running 18th on lap 113, the caution came out for the seventh time, and the No. 5 Camaro chose to stay out to gain track position. Restarting 12th, Annett only surrendered two additional positions to finish the stage in 14th.

After pitting for four fresh tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment, Annett began the final stage from the 22nd position. The last caution of the day came at lap 137 and the No. 5 Camaro was scored in 18th place. The final stage came down to one long 60-lap green-flag run. Annett managed to improve two more positions to 16th by lap 183, but he was passed by Kyle Larson, who was leading the race, putting the No. 5 team one lap down. With three laps remaining in the OneMain Financial 200, Annett worked his way around the No. 14 of JJ Yeley to take over the 14th position. Annett held off everyone behind him to cross the finish line 14th.

Kyle Larson took the checkered flag first at the Monster Mile. He was followed by Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Cole Custer, and Ryan Reed rounding out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet: “Our Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was tight most of the day and we just couldn’t get it freed up enough to where we wanted it. Jason (Stockert, crew chief) and our No. 5 team did a great job on pit road today with our pit stops and strategy. We definitely wanted another top 10, but we will take 14th and go to Pocono.”

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