Dover, Del. (May 11, 2010) - This weekend, Michael Annett will return to a track where he earned one out of a total of five 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Race awards. Hoping for another good run, his historical success at Dover International Speedway leads him into Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 with confidence.
Annett's 13th place finish in the September race at Dover last season not only gave him top finishing rookie honors, but marked his second top-20 finish on the one-mile oval in only two starts there. In the June race at the Monster Mile, he scored the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award for his 19th place run.
"Being named Rookie of the Race and Most Improved Driver in my only two races at Dover definitely gives me a lot of confidence heading into Saturday's race. We have a great baseline to start with this weekend and are carrying a lot of momentum from our good finish at Darlington last week. I'm excited to get back to Dover to compete and also to spend time thanking the many soldiers that serve and protect our country," said Annett.
While he'll be spending the majority of his time in Delaware on the track at Dover International Speedway, Annett will also take the time to thank those who serve our country. The 23 year old driver will join several of his NASCAR Nationwide Series competitors for a visit to the Dover Air Force Base on Friday, as well as hosting a soldier and his family as guests for Saturday's race.
This weekend at Dover International Speedway will mark only the second time this season that all three of NASCAR's top ranked series will be competing at the same racetrack. In addition to Annett's No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing will field Max Papis' No. 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry and No. 9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry, as well as Todd Bodine's No. 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. All four of Germain Racing's cars and trucks will sport the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo this weekend at Dover in support of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title sponsor of Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes.
Friday marks the start of the race weekend at Dover International Speedway for the Nationwide Series with practice from 1:05 until 3 p.m. ET. Saturday's action begins with qualifying at 10:05 a.m. ET and the green flag drops for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ABC and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET.
For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.
For information on sponsors of Germain Racing's No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.