Iowa: Michael Annett race report

Hometown Fans Cheer Michael Annett to 11th Place Finish at Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa (August 3, 2009) -- In front of a sold-out crowd, Iowa Speedway's Nationwide Series debut on Saturday led Iowa native, Michael Annett, to an 11th place finish...

Hometown Fans Cheer Michael Annett to 11th Place Finish at Iowa Speedway

Newton, Iowa (August 3, 2009) -- In front of a sold-out crowd, Iowa Speedway's Nationwide Series debut on Saturday led Iowa native, Michael Annett, to an 11th place finish in the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and TMC Transportation.

Fighting a tight handling condition throughout the weekend, Annett started the 250 lap race in 36th, but with willpower and determination, drove his No. 15 Northland Oil Camry to the front of the 43 car pack. Breaking into the top-20 on lap 173, Annett continued to work his way to the front through the rest of the 250 lap race, running in the top-15 from lap 216 through the drop of the checkered flag.

"It was great to pull off the finish we did after starting so far back in the field," said Annett. "I know a lot of family and friends were in the stands supporting me, so I was excited to bring home the finish we did for my hardworking No. 15 team, all the fans, and Northland Oil at my home track."

The U.S. Cellular 250 was a caution filled race with 12 yellow flags for a total of 56 laps under caution. Continuously making adjustments throughout the race, the No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew worked hard on pit road to improve the car's tight handling condition and keep Annett on the lead lap throughout the entire race.

To support Annett's family friend, Will Krueger, who has Leukemia, the No. 15 team all wore blue "Will Power" bracelets on Saturday. "Will Power" is Will's motto to help him through his battle with Leukemia.

Engineer Ryan Fugle reminded the team, "Remember these Will Power bracelets we're all wearing. We've got the strength to move on up to the front."

And they did. Sporting the logo of the race's presenting sponsor, Northland Oil, as the primary sponsor on the car, the No. 15 drove from the back of the pack, securing Annett's second 11th place finish of the season.

Next up for the No. 15 will be the first road course race of the 2009 Nationwide Series season and Annett's first ever road course start, as the team ventures to Watkins Glen International.

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Will Power , Michael Annett
Teams Germain Racing