By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
For just the second time in his career, Michael Annett will pilot the No. 5 Allstate Parts & Service Group Chevrolet Camaro at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After the race at Watkins Glen, Annett has a comfortable gap over those outside the Playoffs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series heading into the Mid-Ohio Challenge.
In Annett’s one start at Mid-Ohio, he started 21st and finished 22nd. In 15 career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts on road courses, he has just one top-10 finish. That came in 2011 at Road America.
Annett was proud that his team put a whole race together at Watkins Glen, and looked forward to the twists and turns of Mid-Ohio,
“At Watkins Glen, we were able to put a whole race together and that is what we need to do to stay ahead in the playoff battle. Proud to have Allstate Parts and Service with us this weekend, and looking forward to getting on track at Mid-Ohio. It’s a pretty racy track, lots of elevation changes, and you can make time there if you are on the right setup. We’ve had good cars and some good speed, so my No. 5 team and I are looking for another solid finish.”
So far this season, Annett has scored just five top-10 finishes with his JR Motorsports team. He currently sits 11th in points, nine ahead of Brendan Gaughan, and 45-points ahead of Ryan Sieg, the first driver currently on the outside of the Playoffs. The last time that Annett scored a top-five finish in the Xfinity Series was 2013 with Richard Petty Motorsports.
For Annett, the 2017 season has been a bit of a disappointment. Two of his teammates, William Byron and Justin Allgaier, have visited victory lane. Elliott Sadler leads the Championship Points Standings. Sadler, Byron, and Allgaier hold the top three positions in the standings.
This weekend at Mid-Ohio, Annett will look to catch up to his JR Motorsports teammates.