St. Louis: Michael Annett preview

Michael Annett Returns to Gateway International Raceway with Confidence from 2009 Seventh Place Rookie of the Race Finish Madison, Ill. (July 15, 2010) -- Returning to the Prairie State for the second week in a row, Michael Annett and Germain ...

Michael Annett Returns to Gateway International Raceway with Confidence from 2009 Seventh Place Rookie of the Race Finish

Madison, Ill. (July 15, 2010) -- Returning to the Prairie State for the second week in a row, Michael Annett and Germain Racing's No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will visit Gateway International Raceway following a 14th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway. Gateway International Raceway is located just across the street from one of the 550 locations of Pilot Travel Centers, primary sponsor of the No. 15 Toyota Camry. Coming back to a track where he earned a seventh place finish in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Annett is looking forward to Saturday's Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250.

In his fourth ever appearance on the 1.25 mile oval, Annett hopes to repeat the success he showed there in last season's Nationwide Series event. As the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate, his seventh place finish in the 2009 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 was one of four top-10 finishes he earned in 2009 and one of his season total of five Raybestos Rookie of the Race awards. The young driver also has previous experience at Gateway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he had a ninth place qualifying effort in 2008 and in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards where he started third and finished sixth in 2007.

New for the 2010 season, Gateway International Raceway will now host two NASCAR Nationwide Series events. In addition to this weekend's Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, the Madison Ill. track will also present a second 250 mile Nationwide Series race on October 23 replacing Memphis Motorsports Park on the schedule. October's event at Gateway will be a stand-alone race for the Nationwide Series as this weekend's race activity will be combined with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

In addition to his time on the track, Annett will also participate in some fan friendly activities leading into Saturday's race. On Friday, Annett will sign autographs with fellow Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series drivers for Gateway International Raceway season ticket holders on pit road from 3:15-4:45 p.m. CT. The Germain Racing driver will also compete in the annual driver/media water balloon toss. As the returning champion in this fun yearly event, Annett looks to reclaim his event winning title on Saturday.

-source: germain racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Annett
Teams Germain Racing