Annett looking forward to Phoenix 200

Michael Annett• No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang

Michael Annett on Racing in Phoenix: “We’ve only got two races left to try and finish out the season with a win, and I think we’ve got a good shot at it this weekend. Phoenix has been a good track for me and I’ve run well there the past couple of races. It’s a fast little flat one-mile track and I really enjoy racing on short-tracks like PIR. It’s really important to have good horsepower to drive off of the corners well, and I know our Ford engine will provide us with that this weekend. We’re in a tight points battle with Justin (Allgaier), so every position we can gain on him during the race is crucial to us staying in the top-five and making it on stage in Miami. My Pilot Flying J crew really deserves a top-five points finish for how hard they have worked this season and I’m going to do my best to make that happen.”

Michael Annett
Michael Annett

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

Crew Chief Philippe Lopez’s Thoughts on Racing in Phoenix: “Our season is winding down and we’ve got a tight points battle going on with the No. 31 (Allgaier) with only two races remaining. We had a decent race in Phoenix early in the year finishing 10th, but I was still learning a lot about these race cars at that time. I feel like we’ve come a long way since the first Phoenix race, and I feel like we can improve and come home with a top-five finish this weekend. The biggest challenge at PIR is track position, we've got to have some pit strategy to make sure we stay up front. The keys to a good finish Saturday will be having a fast Pilot Flying J Ford, being patient and making sure we have great track position.”

Chassis History: The No. 43 RPM NASCAR Nationwide Series team has prepared chassis No. 644 for the 200-mile race at Phoenix International Raceway. This Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang has been run previously this season at Phoenix, Richmond, Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Drivers Richard Petty , Michael Annett
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Tags annett, ford, nationwide, nns, petty, phoenix