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Annett Embraces Slick Track, Finishes 21st at Michigan
Posted by: newsla on Jun 17, 2014 - 06:26 AM
Annett Embraces Slick Track, Finishes 21st at Michigan

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Michael Annett scored a 21st-place finish Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, tying for the best finish ever at MIS by a Tommy Baldwin Racing driver. For Annett and his Pilot Flying J team, on a competitive roll since a strong showing two weeks ago at Dover, it was a total team effort.


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Annett started 37th and passed for position up to 32nd place prior to the first pit stop cycle of the race on lap 36. Driving on a track surface that became slick as the weekend progressed, Annett needed his Chevrolet SS to have a tighter handling condition, something which crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion attempted to remedy along with four new tires and fuel.

Through ensuing runs, Annett's car would have a loose handling condition for the first 10 to 15 laps, and then become neutral. He climbed to as high as 23rd, accepting a wave-around during one caution-flag cycle as Manion began setting up the fuel windows for what was shaping up to be a final long, fuel-conscious run to the finish.

Under green-flag conditions with 15 laps remaining, Annett, running 22nd, pitted for two right-side tires and a can of fuel. The stop was a quick one for the TBR pit crew as Annett maintained his position. In the waning laps, Annett passed for 21st place, where he would finish.

The 21st-place position is the best a TBR driver has finished at Michigan since David Reutimann took the checkered flag in the same spot in 2012.


"I really appreciate the hard work by everyone today. The track got really slick and it seems there were a lot of teams caught off guard by that. We hung in there. We got better after every stop and ended up beating some really fast cars. We're getting better with every passing weekend."


Next week Annett and his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet SS team will travel to California's Sonoma Raceway for the first road course race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The race will air live on TNT at 3:15 pm Eastern. Annett will also compete in the companion NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma on Saturday afternoon.

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