Michael Annett

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Michael Annett
Michael Annett 43 2012 Road America Sargento 200.jpg
Annett at Road America in 2012
Born (1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 28)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
23 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Car no., team No. 7 (Tommy Baldwin Racing)
First race 2014 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2014 Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
163 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
2013 position 15th
Best champ.
finish
5th (2012)
First race 2008 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Last race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 34 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
9 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 14 (NTS Motorsports)
Best champ.
finish
30th (2008)
First race 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2014 Mudsummer Classic (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of August 17, 2014.

Michael Annett (born June 23, 1986 in Des Moines, Iowa)[1] is an American stock car racing driver. He is a Rookie of the Year candidate for 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet SS for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Personal life and education[edit]

Annett was born in Des Moines, Iowa and played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League prior to starting his racing career.[2]

Career[edit]

Annett's 2009 Nationwide car
2011 Nationwide car

Annett started racing at the age of 21 in the American Speed Association series. Annett has two career victories in the ARCA Racing Series. His first win came in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5, 2007. Annett also won the Daytona ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2008. Along with a part-time ARCA schedule, Annett competed in a handful of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2008. He made his NASCAR debut on June 20 at The Milwaukee Mile, and scored a best finish of 2nd at Kentucky Speedway.

Towards the end of 2008, Annett signed with Germain Racing to drive for the team in NASCAR's Nationwide Series. Annett made his debut in the final race of the 2008 season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he crashed out and finished 36th.

For 2009, Annett ran for Rookie of the Year honors in the #15 Toyota, with sponsorship from Pilot Travel Centers and HYPE Energy. He scored four top-tens en route to a tenth place finish in points, but finished runner up to Justin Allgaier. Annett returned to Germain in 2010, but found less success than in 2009. He accumulated just two top 10s (at Nashville and Iowa) and only led seven laps, finishing 13th in the overall points standings.

Annett left Germain for Rusty Wallace Racing in 2011, driving the team's #62 Toyota with Pilot Travel Centers (now Pilot Flying J) sponsoring. He was achieved 7 top 10, so that ended in the ninth overall position. After the shutdown of RWR, Annett moved to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.[3] He earned 6 top 5 and 17 top 10 to finish fifth in the championship.

The following season, Annett missed eight races due in a hard crash he suffered in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, suffering what was initially reported as a bruised sternum.[4] Further evaluation showed that Annett had dislocated and fractured his sternum, requiring surgery; Aric Almirola replaced Annett in the No. 43 for the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, with Reed Sorenson subbing after that.[5] Annett backs in Charlotte in May, and recorded one top 5 and 4 top 10, finishing fifteenth in the points standings.

In November 2013, it was announced that Annett would be moving up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2014 season, driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the No. 7 Chevrolet.[6]

Legal issues[edit]

On February 6, 2011, Annett had rear-ended a car Sunday morning in Mooresville, North Carolina that was stopped at a red light. According to police reports Annett was seen eating mints when examined and had a registered BAC of 0.32, four times the legal limit in North Carolina. Annett subsequently resisted arrest as he did not want to be handcuffed. He also claimed that he had been texting, and thus could not stop in time to avoid an accident; a similar incident involving Annett had occurred in 2010. RWR said that they did not condone the incident and that Annett would be facing internal sanctions. NASCAR has also kept in contact with the local authorities as well as Rusty Wallace Racing. Annett issued a formal apology, and did not miss any races.[7]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Annett Career Statistics
  2. ^ "Driver Annett Earns Assist to Former USHL Team". United States Hockey League. August 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Richard Petty Motorsports to field Nationwide Series team for Michael Annett". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. January 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  4. ^ Fryer, Jenna (February 23, 2013). "Former Waterloo Black Hawk Annett, 28 fans, hurt in NASCAR crash". Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Cedar Falls, IA. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  5. ^ "NNS: Michael Annett Faces Surgery After Daytona Crash". Speed. Fox Sports. February 26, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pearce, Al (November 15, 2013). "Michael Annett to replace Dave Blaney in Tommy Baldwin Racing's NASCAR Cup seat in 2014". Autoweek. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  7. ^ Burbeck, Tony (February 8, 2011). "NASCAR driver charged with DWI also cited in 2010 crash". WCNC.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: WCNC-TV. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 

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