Michael Annett Phoenix Recap

Michael Annett was on pace for a top-10 finish Saturday at ISM Raceway in Phoenix until contact with the wall on the exit of Turn 2 at the newly reconfigured 1-mile oval on a late restart derailed his day. After starting 13th in the Pilot Flying J Chevy, Annett came home 16th in the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200, the penultimate race of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Battling a loose condition early, Annett showed strength and consistency throughout Stage One. The Iowa driver fell back to 14th after an early restart but maintained the spot throughout the 45-lap opening stage before bringing his Camaro to pit road at the conclusion of Stage One. The Travis Mack led crew raised the trackbar by one round and bolted on four new tires and filled the car with fuel and sent Annett on his way.

He would restart the second stage in 13th after gaining a spot on pit road and reported the adjustments were a bit too much from the previous pit stop, now reporting his Chevy was a bit too tight and needed help rolling through the corner. Annett moved up to 11th by the end of the second stage on Lap 90 before coming to pit road for tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment. His Pilot Flying J crew picked up two spots during the stop, vaulting him to 9th for the start of the final stage.

Annett would maintain a spot in the top-10 over the next 50 laps before his day took an unfortunate turn. On a Lap 149 restart, Annett got out of the groove exiting Turn 2 and made contact with the wall, suffering damage to the right side of his Camaro and falling back to the 23rd position.

Mack brought Annett to pit road to assess the damage and pull the fenders away and sent him back on track hoping to gain as many positions possible before the race’s conclusion. Annett would climb back to 16th by Lap 180 where he would eventually take the checkered flag.

Michael Annett Quote: “Our finish today doesn’t show how good the Pilot Flying J Chevy really was. Our guys had a great day on pit road today and picked up a bunch of spots throughout the race. We got out of the groove there and got into the wall and that set us back late. I’m proud of what we’re doing and proud to carry the red, white and blue colors here on Veteran’s Day Weekend. We’ll go to Homestead and finish the season strong.”

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