Chicagoland Speedway Stats: In Michael Annett's most recent race at Chicagoland Speedway in June 2011, the ninth place points contender claimed a ninth place finish after starting 11th. The Heartland native has earned six of Rusty Wallace Racing's 12 top-10 finishes in their 2011 Nationwide Series campaign, and is the only RWR driver to earn a top-10 in the organization's 12 starts on Chicagoland Speedway's 1.5 mile oval.
Viers Chicagoland Victor: No. 62 crew chief, Rick Viers, is no stranger to Victory Lane at the Joliet, Illinois track. In July 2002, the veteran crew chief led Johnny Sauter to the driver's first-ever Nationwide Series win at Chicagoland Speedway. This win came during Viers four year tenure with Richard Childress Racing where he earned seven Nationwide Series victories.
Cast Your Vote: Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver voting is still underway on NASCAR.com. Fans can cast their vote for Pilot Flying J's Michael Annett once per day by visiting www.NASCAR.com/nnsmpd. Voting runs from now until November 17. The winner of the Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver award will be announced at the year-end banquet on November 21.
From the Cockpit:
Michael Annett on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"The first race at Chicago this year was a turnaround for our team, so we're really excited about getting back there this weekend. Chicago was our first top-10 of the season and led us to five more. Rick (Viers) stepped in as crew chief just one race before Chicago's first race, and we've really worked well together since he came on board. He's a great leader for our team. We're looking forward to another strong run this weekend for our longtime partner, Pilot Flying J."
Crew Chief Rick Viers on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"I'm looking forward to returning to Chicago for a second time this year. It's a great race track, and Michael's first top-10 of the season came there back in June in only our second race together. We feel we will be even better there this time around. Our pit crew has been doing an awesome job on pit road, so we're working hard for our first top-five."
Team 62 Primary: RWR- 063 - Rusty Wallace Racing's No. 62 team raced with this car at Iowa Speedway in August and most recently at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Team 62 Back-Up: RWR-051 - The No. 62 Pilot Flying J team's last race competing with this chassis was at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.