Michael Annett Texas Recap

Michael Annett overcame damage to his left front fender early in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and posted a 15th-place finish in his No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. Annett led five laps on the day as well.

After qualifying was shortened by rain, Annett rolled off 20th for the 200-lap event. The 31-year-old Iowa driver picked up two spots in the opening laps before a caution waved for a spin in Turn 2. On the ensuing restart, another car pushed up into Annett’s left front fender, splitting the bodywork and causing a tire rub serious enough to bring him to pit road under green. The fender was split and curled under, so the team changed left-side rubber and pulled the fender out and off the tire before sending him back out a lap down.

Fortunately, the caution waved again as Annett was exiting, for Jamie McMurray’s slide down the front straight. Annett had to slow down to miss the wayward machine, but was still the only car a lap down and got the free pass for the next restart. He was able to climb to 31st by the time the next yellow waved on lap 17 and finished the 45-lap Stage One in 24th place.

After pitting for four tires and a track-bar adjustment on the break—and gaining six spots thanks to his Pilot Flying J pit crew—Annett started 18th for Stage Two. He had gained another spot on the track, passing JRM teammate Tyler Reddick on lap 66, before the caution waved again. Annett told crew chief Jason Stockert that the adjustments made his entry better but tightened the car everywhere else. Another caution, just nine laps before the end of Stage Two, saw the team make the call to stay out, and that worked out well. Several cars ahead of Annett pitted to gain track position by not pitting on the stage break, and that put Annett ninth when it ended, earning two stage points.

After pitting for four more tires and further adjustments, Annett took off from 18th for the final 110-lap stage. On lap 99, disaster was narrowly averted when Brandon Jones and Kaz Grala tangled on the frontstretch. Annett was close to both drivers and just missed the spinning cars. On the restart, Annett again fired off 18th and was running 19th when green-flag stops began at lap 136. Annett stayed out while the majority of the field hit pit road, eventually assuming the lead on lap 149. He would stay atop the leaderboard until lap 153 when he came down for his own pit stop.

Unfortunately, that put him a lap down to the leaders in 17th spot. On lap 168, he passed into 16th and took 15th place later in the run when Kevin Harvick pitted under green. He would stay there the rest of the way.

Michael Annett Quote: “That was a pretty hard-fought race and we ended up 15th, which is better than where we started and a lot better than where we started this weekend. We were able to take advantage of some strategy and lead five laps, so that’s a positive. We could have had a really bad day with that tire rub early on, but Jason (crew chief Jason Stockert) and the team rallied to get the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet fixed right and we had no more problems with it. Great job on pit road today, too, and it seems like we gain spots every time we come down. On to Bristol and looking forward to another good run.”

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