Nashville: Michael Annett preview

Career Best Finish Leads Michael Annett and Germain Racing Team to Music City U.S.A. Lebanon, Tenn. (April 8, 2009) -- NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will visit Music City U.S.A. to compete in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville ...

Career Best Finish Leads Michael Annett and Germain Racing Team to Music City U.S.A.

Lebanon, Tenn. (April 8, 2009) -- NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will visit Music City U.S.A. to compete in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. Annett has two previous starts at the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Annett's Nationwide career best 11th place finish in last weekend's O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway leaves the rookie driver and his No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers/HYPE Energy Drinks Germain Racing team looking for a top-ten finish in the first Nationwide Series stand-alone event of the seas. Annett credits his two earlier Nashville Superspeedway starts to his excitement for this weekend's Pepsi 300.

"With the way our season started off, last week's 11th place finish is just what we needed to get back on track. I look forward to racing at Nashville where I have some experience and have done well in the past," said Annett.

Bruce Cook, Crew Chief of the No .15 Pilot Travel Centers/HYPE Energy Drinks Toyota Camry said, "As a team, we hope what we showed in Texas last weekend carries over into Nashville. Leaving Nashville with a solid top-ten finish would be ideal for our Germain Racing team."

In only his fifth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start, Annett had a fifth place qualifying run in August 2008 for the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. In August of the previous year, Annett started third and finished eighth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Food World 300 at Nashville.

Cook noted, "Michael's previous experience in Nashville will be valuable this weekend for the first Nationwide stand-alone race"

As the first of out of four non-companion Nationwide Series races, the Pepsi 300 at Nashville is sure to bring some action packed competition to the track with the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash bonus program making its launch. The lucky winner of the 225 lap race will receive a $25,000 bonus on behalf of Nationwide. Nashville Superspeedway's Pepsi 300 will be the first out of four stand-alone Nationwide Series races this season allowing winning drivers to earn an extra $25,000 payout, with the others being Kentucky, Iowa and Memphis. At the end of the four races, the NNS driver with the highest number of cumulative points from these four events will be recognized for his achievement with an additional $50,000 bonus at the annual NASCAR Nationwide Series banquet.

Annett commended Nationwide on their new competition program, "It's great to have Nationwide on board as a series sponsor. Introducing Dash 4 Cash as a bonus program that is exclusive to the Nationwide Series is a great way for them to set our series apart. I think the $25,000 bonus will definitely intensify the competition this weekend in Nashville."

-credit: maPR

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Annett
Teams Germain Racing