Historic Nationwide Series New Car Race Yields 12th Place Finish to Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 3, 2010) -- At the halfway mark in his second full-season in NASCAR's second tiered Nationwide Series, ...
Historic Nationwide Series New Car Race Yields 12th Place Finish to Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team
Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 3, 2010) -- At the halfway mark in his second full-season in NASCAR's second tiered Nationwide Series, Michael Annett currently stands 12th in the points race after the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. In the historic first race in the Nationwide Series new car, Annett qualified 17th and scored a 12th place finish after recovering from an early race spin.
Under the lights at the World Center of Racing, Annett pushed his way from his 17th place start into the top-10 by lap 14. Running in the seventh position, the former Daytona winner in the ARCA Racing Series got loose off of the exit of turn four on lap 32, bringing out the second caution of the event. Fortunately, no damage was caused to the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry.
Coming to pit road twice under yellow, the No. 15 took four tires, fuel and put in a new right rear window to replace one that was blown out during the spin. Restarting 33rd on lap 36, Annett didn't lose his determination and again shuffled his way through the pack and back into the top-20 by lap 42. Moving up 20 spots from his restart by lap 61, he continued to rebound and gain track position, although he was fighting a loose handling condition.
The caution was again displayed on lap 69 for debris, allowing Annett to come to pit road for service to his No. 15 Toyota Camry. He restarted 14th for a 25 lap shootout.
Still reporting the car being extremely loose, Annett held steady in the top-20 until relief came on lap 95, bringing out the final caution of the night. With a four tire change, air pressure adjustment and wedge adjustment, Annett was back on the track and ready to race for the green, white, checkered finish to the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola.
The No. 15 Germain.com Camry restarted 20th and crossed the finish line recording a 12th place finish, his second consecutive 12th place finish on Daytona's legendary 2.5 mile tri-oval. His finish moved him two places in Nationwide Series championship point standings to 12th, 117 points outside of the top-10.
"I think every team out there wasn't sure what to expect in the first Nationwide Series new car race. We were good in single car runs and in the draft during practice, so I felt good leading into Friday's race," said Annett, "We had a good race car and we were really good through turns one and two. I'm glad we were able to salvage a respectable finish after that early spin and bring home a 12th place finish in our No. 15 Germain.com Camry. I'm so proud of all the guys for their hard work on getting this new car ready. They've put a lot into this. I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the new No. 15 Toyota at Michigan."
The second of four Nationwide Series new car races on the schedule for 2010 will be at Michigan International Raceway on August 14. In addition to Daytona and Michigan, the Nationwide Series events at Richmond International Raceway on September 10 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 15 will be Nationwide Series new car points races before the new car's full integration into the series in 2011.
Next up on the Nationwide Series schedule is the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola.
-source: germain racing