Michael Annett is calling it a occupation. On Wednesday, Annett launched he will retire from beefy-time competition after the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Sequence season, his fourteenth in NASCAR’s national sequence.
Annett began competing in the national sequence in 2008 with starts in Xfinity and the Camping World Truck Sequence. Supported by family sponsorship from what’s now Pilot Flying J, his first beefy season came in the Xfinity Sequence in 2009, the effect he used to be a normal till 2014 when he moved as much as the Cup Sequence. After three relatively unsuccessful seasons in lesser tools, he returned to the Xfinity level with JR Motorsports in 2017. Two years later, he won his first and as much as now handiest national sequence scuttle in the 2019 season opener at Daytona.
Alternatively, Annett has moreover struggled with nicely being problems in some unspecified time in the future of his occupation. In 2013, he overlooked eight races after breaking his sternum in a rupture in the important thing spherical. This season has considered him lag over time due to a broken femur that he finally re-injured, and he has no longer trot a scuttle since Richmond in early September.
In 316 occupation Xfinity starts, he has one exhaust, nineteen prime fives, ninety-three prime tens, and a pole. His handiest aspects attain used to be fifth in 2012 with Richard Petty Motorsports. He moreover has eight occupation Truck starts to his name with a runner-up attain at Kentucky in 2008, while his handiest trot in 106 Cup tries is thirteenth in the 2015 Daytona 500.
“I’m factual so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had,” said Annett. “Having the flexibility to pressure scuttle vehicles for a living is honestly a dream advance upright for me. It’s been a privilege to work with some spacious teams and alongside doubtless the most well-known most talented folks in the garage. None of this would hold been doubtless with out the reinforce of my companions, and I am satisfied to call them existence-prolonged web page visitors. It’s these relationships and friendships which are the most rewarding.”
Because the facts specifies that he’s executed with beefy-time competition, it is doubtless that he will continue riding on a part-time foundation such plans had been no longer actual away launched. It is moreover unknown if Pilot Flying J will continue sponsoring vehicles, while JRM has no longer launched who will bear over his #1 vehicle in 2022. Josh Berry, who’s filling in for Annett and won at Las Vegas in reduction responsibility, is regularly a candidate as he has plans to trot the beefy 2022 season, as is Sam Mayer who’s in the #8.