Kansas City, Kan. (October 4, 2010) – In his 65th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett powered his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota to a 16th place finish in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300. In his second Nationwide Series start at Kansas Speedway, Annett began the 200 lap battle with all the pieces in place for a solid finish in the Sunflower State.
After starting 26th, the 24-year-old Midwest native drove over 65 laps under green flag conditions, gaining valuable track position before the first yellow flag was thrown. Pitting under green on lap 54 for four new Goodyear’s, fuel and air pressure adjustments, Annett made his second trip to pit road under caution on lap 68. Pushing towards the front of the pack, Annett restarted 10th on lap 71.
Caution number two of eight was called on lap 76 for debris, and the No.
15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry returned to pit road for a fuel top-off and chassis adjustment. The field was back under green on lap 81, and Annett remained in 10th.
The yellow flag was again displayed on lap 89. Annett made a pit stop for four fresh tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment to improve his tight handling race car. He restarted 18th with just over 100 laps remaining.
Running 13th, a fourth caution came out and Germain Racing crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for Annett to stay out on the track while the majority of the field came to pit road for four tires and fuel. Fugle’s call not only allowed Annett to lead the field to the green for the restart, but as the first place car for five laps of competition, he earned five bonus points.
Looking to tally a solid finish under the Pilot Flying J Coffee banner, Annett was running in fifth when a flat tire caused his car to get loose coming off of turn four, spinning and tagging the wall with the right rear corner of the car. With moderate damage to the car, Fugle directed Annett to pit road where he drove through twice for repairs. First for four tires, fuel and to assess the damage, and second for more repairs.
Not letting the mishap get the best of his day, Annett restarted 23rd on lap 137 and continued to rework his way forward. Running caution-free until lap 189, Annett stayed out while the leaders pitted from lap 175 to
179 under green, and his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry was eighth at the drop of the next yellow. Making their final trip to pit road, the No. 15 pit crew refueled, changed four tires and made wedge and track bar adjustments before the restart on lap 194.
The caution was back out on the restart, leaving the field with a green, white, checkered flag finish to the 200 lap Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Annett drove through the checkers in 16th.
The No. 15 Germain Racing team will now head to the west coast for the Nationwide Series CampingWorld.com 300 at California Speedway. With only six races to go, tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio to catch the 30th Nationwide Series race of the season at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 9.
For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. 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.
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