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Aug 17

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Ready for Heated Competition at Bristol Motor Speedway’s Thunder Valley

Posted by: lori

Bristol, Tenn. (August 17, 2010) – Despite the summer heat, high temperatures and humidity, Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team will head to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, hitting the home track of sponsor, Pilot Travel Centers, for the second time this season in the Food City 250. Competing on the high banked .533 mile oval known to race fans as Thunder Valley, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team looks to replicate their eighth place performance there in last year’s summer race at Bristol. Annett also collected the Raybestos Rookie of the Race award in 2009’s Nationwide Series Food City 250.


The last short track race for the Nationwide Series was at Annett’s home track, Iowa Speedway, on July 31 where the 24-year-old driver was credited with a seventh place finish. This time around, Annett’s sights are set on securing another strong finish on a track that is additionally significant to him. Headquartered in close by Knoxville, Tenn., primary sponsor Pilot Travel Centers will be contending in the No. 15 Camry on their home turf at Bristol Motor Speedway.


“We’ve got a big group of supporters coming to the track this weekend from Pilot, over 80 people, so we really want to put on a good show for them. Bristol is always exciting. There’s no better place to see a race then under the lights at Bristol, so it should be a fun time,” said Annett. “We’ve got a lot of momentum built up leading into this race and we’ve got the confidence from last year’s eighth place finish behind us too. I’m really looking forward to bringing home a strong finish for Pilot Travel Centers and Germain Racing this weekend.”


Not only has Pilot been behind Annett throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons with Germain Racing, but the longtime partner has sponsored him for the past four years of his career in motorsports while competing in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and currently in the Nationwide Series. Annett and Pilot entered the sport together in 2007 and since their start have visited Victory Lane twice, tallied six top-five finishes and earned 16 top-10 finishes. Carrying the colors of loyal sponsor Pilot Travel Centers, Annett finished tenth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings in 2010.


“Pilot has played a huge role in getting me where I am today. I couldn’t have ever made it this far without their support. It’s been fun partnering with them every step of the way. I’m very proud to carry the Pilot Travel Centers colors each week,” said Annett.


The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry hits the track for a one-day show at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. for final practice which airs live on SPEED. Nationwide Series qualifying gears up at 4:10 p.m. and the Food City 250 starts at 8 p.m. Tune to ESPN for live qualifying and race coverage. A live broadcast of the Food City 250 begins at 7 p.m. All times are ET.


For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out and Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.


About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.




Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group,