Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Leave California 12th in Points Fontana, CA. (February 22, 2010) -- Michael Annett and Germain Racing's No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team leave the second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the...
Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Leave California 12th in Points
Fontana, CA. (February 22, 2010) -- Michael Annett and Germain Racing's No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team leave the second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the 2010 season holding steady to 12th in championship point standings, just 17 points away from the top-10.
The No. 15 team finished 17th in Saturday's Nationwide Series Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway following a 12th place finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Annett started the 150 lap race 34th, but worked his way into the top-15 by lap 67. He was on the hunt for a top-10 finish when a caution came out with only seven laps of competition left. The No. 15 team gambled for track position and elected to stay out and not come down to pit road for tires during the cautions laps, restarting eighth. Not able to battle with the cars that took sticker tires while under the yellow, Annett ended up 17th after an exciting green-white-checkered finish.
"We had a really good car, a top-10 car, but as it played out, tires were more important than track position and we had to hang on for the final laps," said Annett. "We battled in the top-15 all day and it came down to tires in the end. We chose not to come in before the final restart and that got us. We've got a great team and we work really well together. We'll regroup this week and head into the next race at Las Vegas ready to compete for a top-10."
"Michael and the No. 15 crew worked hard all day and did really good out there," said crew chief Ryan Fugle, "Unfortunately we got shuffled out at the end during the green-white-checkered finish. We'll take our notes from today and use them to our advantage in the future. We'll keep our heads up and move on to Vegas looking for a strong performance and continue to make strides as a team."
Germain Racing General Manager Mike Hillman Sr. noted, "The No. 15 team had all the pieces in place for a good run at California. We had a good setup, Michael did a great job driving the car and the guys did a good job on pit road. We're ready to move forward into Vegas with another good run."
The next stop for the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit will be another west coast race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Sam's Town 300. This will be Annett's second time competing on Las Vegas' 1.5 mile D-shaped oval.
-source: germain racing