Michael Annett on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: “I’m ready to get back in the Pilot Flying J Ford after having a weekend off. We’ve been really consistent here as of late, bringing home top-10 finishes the last two months. I feel like we are knocking on the door of a win, and I’m hoping this weekend we’ll finally get that door opened. Philippe (Lopez) and the team have worked really hard on our program this year, and I’d really like to get a win for the No. 43 team and everyone involved at RPM before the season is over. We had a great run at Texas earlier in the year, and I like those fast 1.5-mile tracks. I always enjoy racing there, and I’m going into this weekend with confidence knowing my team has prepared a fast Pilot Flying J Ford.“
Chassis History: The No. 43 RPM NASCAR Nationwide Series team has prepared chassis No. 613 for the 200-lap race at Texas Motor Speedway. This Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang has been run previously this season at Las Vegas, Darlington and Kentucky.
Notes: Annett has seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. His best finish (ninth) came earlier this season and his best start (18th) at the 1.5-mile track came both in 2011 and earlier this year. Annett heads to Texas in the fifth position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings. His average finish at the Fort Worth track is 16.3.
Off-Weekend Recap: During his off week, Des Moines, Iowa, native Annett hosted the Tee Off for Hope in conjunction with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) to announce the organization’s inaugural St. Jude Tournament of Hope, a golf event that will be held in Des Moines on August 5, 2013. The evening in Iowa included a silent auction for racing themed items and raffle prizes. The event raised over $36,000, including a generous commitment by Pilot Travel Centers to be the title sponsor for the tournament.
Source: Richard Petty Motorsports