By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor
FORT WORTH, Texas — Michael Annett has struggled mightily since taking the leap from NASCAR Xfinity Series competition to Sprint Cup Series racing with HScott Motorsports in 2014. In 103 starts in NASCAR’s premier series, Annett has yet to record a top-10 finish.
Annett will now jump back down to the Xfinity Series for the 2017 season to run for one of the most potent teams in the garage area — JR Motorsports. The team announced that Annett will move to their No. 5 team and that Pilot Flying J will move with Annet to provide sponsorship in a multi-year agreement.
“I’m excited for this opportunity with JR Motorsports,” said Annett in a press release. “Dale Jr. and Kelley have done a great job building this organization. They have put the right people in place and have a championship to their name. I look forward to joining them and competing for wins and a championship next season in the Xfinity Series.”
The press release also revealed that the JRM Xfinity Series team will expand to four full-time cars in 2017.
The full-time drivers for JRM will be Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, William Byron and Annett. The team will also field a part-time fifth car (No. 88) in select races for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.
Annett’s career-best season in Xfinity Series competition came back in 2012, when he racked up six top-five finishes and 17 top-10s en route to a fifth-place finish in the championship standings that season.