Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Battled the Heat at Gateway International Raceway to Bring Home Hard Fought 11th Place Finish Madison, Ill. (July 19, 2010) -- The one-day show for the NASCAR Nationwide Series heated up at ...
Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Battled the Heat at Gateway International Raceway to Bring Home Hard Fought 11th Place Finish
Madison, Ill. (July 19, 2010) -- The one-day show for the NASCAR Nationwide Series heated up at Gateway International Raceway and turned into a doubleheader on Saturday as the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 was preceded by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race that was previously scheduled for Friday night. With an unexpected power outage at Gateway International Raceway, the Truck Series was forced to postpone their race until Saturday afternoon, allowing race fans to catch two races in one day on Gateway's 1.25 mile oval.
In his fourth appearance at Gateway International Speedway, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett produced an 11th place finish in Saturday night's Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 driving the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry. After pulling an early qualifying draw and going out third of 47 cars, Annett started 33rd, but quickly gained valuable track position by passing 10 cars in the first two laps. Continuing to move through the field, he battled his way into the top-15 by lap 52 and set his sights on making his way into the top-10.
As track condition changed throughout the race, starting with the sun out and transitioning into the night, a tight handling condition along with brake problems challenged the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers race team throughout the 200 lap event.
Throughout the night, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team, led by crew chief Ryan Fugle, worked hard on pit road and fought through the race to bring home a respectable finish. As the first and second place cars battled to a high intensity finish ending in a multi-car pileup through the checkered flag, Annett drove his way through the smoke of the accident to finish 11th.
The Nationwide Series will again pair with the Camping World Truck Series as they continue their Midwest tour to O'Reilly Raceway Park this week for the 20th race of the 2010 Nationwide Series season.
-source: germain racing