Michael Annett Tenth in Points in Rookie Nationwide Series Season

Homestead, Fla. (November 23, 2009) -- The 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series season has concluded and rookie Michael Annett has claimed tenth in points in his first full season in the series. Annett clinched tenth in the point race following the season finale Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We couldn't have achieved this top-10 goal without our sponsors. They make it possible for us to come to the track and compete each week, and the support of Pilot Travel Centers, HYPE Energy, Germain.com, Northland Oil, Ventrilo, Lumber Liquidators, Oakley and Bell has been a big part in making this No. 15 team as strong as it is," said Annett, "I'm extremely excited about our accomplishments this season, and look forward to the 2010 season."

Annett tallied four top-10, ten top-15 and 21 top-20 finishes this season with his best finish being at Auto Club Speedway where he drove through the checkered flag in sixth to earn awards for Raybestos Rookie of the Race, Mobil 1 Performance Driver of the Race and Featherlite Most Improved Driver.

As a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate this season, Annett ended his rookie Nationwide Series season third in Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender standings, only 44 points behind the leader. He earned Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at five races this season including his seventh place finish at Gateway International Raceway, eighth place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, 14th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 13th place finish at Dover International Speedway and sixth place finish at Auto Club Speedway.

This season's Raybestos Rookie class proved to be talented with three rookies, including Annett, finishing in the top-10, an accomplishment which hasn't been done since 2005 when the trio of Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Reed Sorenson completed the task.

"To be compared to such distinguished drivers as Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Reed Sorenson is an honor. They've come a long way since their days as rookies in the Nationwide Series, and I hope that I can follow along the same path as I progress through my racing career," said Annett.

"A lot goes into making a team work well together and I've been lucky to have a dedicated, hard working group of guys behind me this season. I can't thank the Germain family, Mike Hillman Sr., my crew chief Ryan Fugle and all my crew members enough. I've come full circle since my first Nationwide Series start with the team last year at Homestead. I'm very proud of our team and appreciate all their hard work", said Annett.

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