CONCORD, N.C. (September 17, 2013) - The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be in the spotlight this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in more ways than one. Not only will the field take the checkered flag under the lights on Saturday night, but they will be the main attraction as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Loudon.

Michael Annett and the No. 43 Flying J Travel Plaza team are looking to rally on a mile-and-a-half track this weekend after two recent finishes outside of the top-10 at Atlanta and Chicago. Annett's stats at Kentucky show that it's the perfect track for the team to do just that.

Annett has six starts at the mile-and-a-half track with one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average start is 13 and average finish is 12.8. He earned his best finish of fourth in the June race of last year.

Comments from the No. 43 Flying J Travel Plaza Ford Mustang driver Michael Annett:

Eric McClure and Michael Annett
Eric McClure and Michael Annett

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"I'm looking forward to Kentucky. It's a track that I've historically done well at, and I think it's the perfect track for us to turn our mile-and-a-half program around. Since we're not running for points, we've been trying a lot of new things and seeing where they take us. Some places they worked and some places they didn't. We haven't been so successful with the new stuff at the mile-and-a-half tracks, so I think this weekend we're going to take a step back and pick up where we left off last year. We finished fourth here in June last year, so we'll be trying to match that, if not better it."

Comments from Crew Chief Philippe Lopez on Kentucky:

"Michael has run very well at Kentucky in the past, and as a team we ran well here last year. Since Michael got hurt in the beginning of the season and we're not able to run for points, it's been no secret that we've been trying some different things, and we've been hitting some dead ends lately. For this weekend, we are going to go back to what ran well there last year, unload where we did last year and work on it from there. With our normal set-up, we should get into the top-10.

"We're always trying to get better, and that's part of the new, out-of-the-box thinking that we've been trying new things for next year. It hasn't really worked well for us at Atlanta and Chicago. Even though it was disheartening, we've learned some things that might apply later."

Chassis History:

Lopez and the No. 43 Flying J Travel Plaza team prepared chassis 729 for this weekend which was previously ran at the July race in Chicago, Charlotte and Fontana.

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