Michael Annett

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Michael Annett
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Annett at Sonoma Raceway in 2015
Born (1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 29)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
56 races run over 2 years
Car no., team No. 46 (HScott Motorsports)
2014 position 33rd
Best finish 33rd (2014)
First race 2014 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2015 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
163 races run over 6 years
2013 position 15th
Best 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 races run over 2 years
Best 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 July 26, 2015.

Michael Annett (born June 23, 1986 in Des Moines, Iowa)[1] is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 46 Chevrolet SS for HScott Motorsports.

Personal life and education[edit]

Annett was born in Des Moines, Iowa and played as defenseman for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League prior to starting his racing career.[2] In 2004, he was a member of the team that won Clark Cup, and he was named "Most Improved Player".[3] His father used to own a dirt track team before selling up prior to him starting his hockey career, but at 5'10", and 180 lbs, he was too small to play at a higher level.

Career[edit]

Annett's 2009 Nationwide car
2011 Nationwide car

Early career[edit]

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.

NASCAR[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Along with a part-time ARCA schedule, Annett competed in a handful of 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.

Nationwide Series[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Annett backs in Charlotte in May, and recorded one top 5 and 4 top 10s, finishing fifteenth in the points standings.

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

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.[7] It was a rough rookie season however and he had only four top 20 finishes en route to a 33rd place points finish that year.

Annett's No. 46 car prior to 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 qualifying

In 2015, it was said that Annett is expected to return to Tommy Baldwin Racing's 7 team when the team was scaling back to a one car operation after selling the 36 team. It was then reported that he was moving on to HScott Motorsports to race as a teammate for Justin Allgaier. Annett however declined to comment on this and the team hadn't said anything about it either.

Annett announced on January 27 that he was switching teams and would be driving for HScott Motorsports, thus bringing HScott Motorsports to a two-car team. He began the year by racing his way into the Daytona 500, finishing a career-best 13th. Annett failed to qualify the race at Atlanta thanks to controversy during qualifying, but Richard Childress Racing development driver Brian Scott gave Annett his spot in the race because Scott was running for Xfinity Series points while Annett was running for Cup Series points. The #33 was the same RCR car that Scott was supposed to drive, but used all HScott Motorsports personnel and ran under the Hillman-Circle Sport LLC banner. Under NASCAR rules, owner Joe Falk (the official owner of the #33, which has a partnership with RCR) was credited with the owners' points.

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.[8]

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]

Daytona 500 results[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2014 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 36 37
2015 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 27 13

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

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

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. ^ Michael Annett: From the rink to the race track
  4. ^ "Richard Petty Motorsports to field Nationwide Series team for Michael Annett". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. January 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "NNS: Michael Annett Faces Surgery After Daytona Crash". Speed. Fox Sports. February 26, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Michael Annett − 2007 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Michael Annett − 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Michael Annett − 2009 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 

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