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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Six years ago, Michael Annett’s career drastically changed at Daytona International Speedway when a broken sternum sidelined him 6-8 weeks, ending his bid of contending for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, where in the previous season, he finished fifth in points. Ever since that gloomy afternoon, Annett’s view of the sport didn’t change but his performances created a whirlwind of struggles in NASCAR. Scoring only two top-fives in 91 Xfinity Series starts, numbers that’s undesirable especially the equipment he runs for whichRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What a difference a year makes. The 2018 edition of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener was a barn burner all the way to the end, lasting through five overtime periods and culminating with a photo finish between JR Motorsports teammates Tyler Reddick and Elliott Sadler. Not to mention there had never been a closer finish in series history – EVER. On Saturday afternoon, we got a race on the opposite side of the spectrum that featured single file racing pretty muchRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will have some familiar faces in different car numbers at JR Motorsports. The team will no longer use the No. 5, instead, bringing the iconic No. 8, once driven by team co-owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in house. At least five drivers will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro SS throughout the season. Jeb Burton, Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith, and Ryan Truex will each drive the iconic number associated with Earnhardt. Smith had previously been announced to driverRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer With just three races until the start of the Playoffs, Ross Chastain earned a top-10 finish at Road America. His run in the Johnsonville 180 pads his cushion over those on the outside of the Playoff grid, looking in. In the run to the finish, Chastain had to hold his own, battling both NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars and road course ringers alike. He kept his No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro SS on track, picking up positions as Brendan Gaughan, James Davison, and Justin Marks,Read More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer BRISTOL, Tenn. – It may have taken 22 races, but Michael Annett finally earned his first Top-10 finish of 2018. The JR Motorsports drivers’ journey to that Top-10 finish in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway was a wild one. A caution with 40 laps to go gave Annett the free pass. The NASCAR Xfinity Series driver used that to put his No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Camaro SS back on the lead lap. With just 11 other cars on the leadRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett has secured his ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for years to come. Annett and his sponsor, Pilot Flying J, have reached a multi-year deal with the team that won championships with Chase Elliott and William Byron. Annett joined the team, founded by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in 2017. In that time frame, the 32-year-old driver has earned one top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Annett’s runner-up finish in the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Camaro SS at Road America isRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor With the regular season of the NASCAR Xfinity Series drawing to a close at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday afternoon, the standings show one thing, the championship is likely to go through JR Motorsports before it is all said and done. Three of the four drivers for the team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, and Rick Hendrick, lead the re-seeded standings and the fourth team driver is also in the playoff field, leaving open the possibility that the season finale at Homestead in NovemberRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor With William Byron departing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the season, JR Motorsports had a vacancy in their fourth team car for 2018 that they needed to fill. On Thursday, it was announced that Tyler Reddick would fill that vacancy after signing a multi-year deal with the team. “This is an amazing opportunity for me,” Reddick said. “Having the chance to race full-time with an organization like JR Motorsports is something I’ve worked toward my entire life. It’s aRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor After a tough week for JR Motorsports and the No. 5 team following the loss of mechanic Adam Wright in a car crash one week ago, Michael Annett helped the healing process as he brought home his best finish of the season with a runner-up finish in Sunday’s Johnsonville 180 at Road America. “First off, we had a guardian angel riding with us this whole weekend,” said Annett. “Lost not only a great friend, great guy, and a great mechanic. Adam Wright, we lost himRead More
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 inRead More