Iowa: Michael Annett preview

Michael Annett Back to Home Track for Iowa Speedway Nationwide Series Debut Newton, Iowa (July 29, 2009) -- Michael Annett returns to America's Heartland and his home state of Iowa as the NASCAR Nationwide Series competes in its first ever race...

Michael Annett Back to Home Track for Iowa Speedway Nationwide Series Debut

Newton, Iowa (July 29, 2009) -- Michael Annett returns to America's Heartland and his home state of Iowa as the NASCAR Nationwide Series competes in its first ever race at Iowa Speedway in the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and TMC Transportation on Saturday.

While most Nationwide Series drivers will make their first laps around Iowa Speedway this weekend, Des Moines, Iowa native Annett already holds a prestigious track record at his home track of Iowa Speedway as the driver with the most laps of competitive racing there. Growing up just miles from the Newton, Iowa track, Annett gained experience on the .875 mile tri-oval competing in ARCA RE/MAX Series as well as ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division events.

Annett made his debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Iowa Speedway in June 2007, where the young driver won the SIM Factory Pole Award, led eight laps of the 250 lap race, and came home with a third place finish as he made his first start in the series.

"It's great to be back here in Iowa. I've got a lot of experience on the track in USAC Silver Crown, ASA Late Model and ARCA RE/MAX Series races here at Iowa Speedway, and I'm looking forward to representing Germain Racing and Northland Oil in the No. 15 this weekend," said Annett.

In addition to competing in the Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and TMC Transportation, Annett will also hit the track in a Silver Crown car sponsored by U.S. Cellular in the USAC Silver Crown Challenge on Friday night at 9 p.m. at Iowa Speedway.

Annett has spent his week at home in Iowa making appearances for HYPE Energy Drinks at local Kum and Go stores, teaching locals at Nationwide Insurance the dangers of driving while distracted, and signing autographs at select area U.S. Cellular stores.

With a busy week of television, radio and print interviews along with sponsor related appearances leading up to Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250, Annett has also made time to help sell raffle tickets for a helmet raffle he organized to benefit family friend, Will Krueger, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008. A helmet donated by Steve Thomas of Bell Helmets with artwork designed by Ryan Young of Indocil Art, whose father has Leukemia, will be the prize for the raffle. Annett has sought help from his fellow Nationwide Series competitors as well by asking the drivers to autograph the helmet.

Looking forward to Iowa Speedway's hosting of their first NASCAR Nationwide Series race, hometown favorite Annett will hit the pavement at Iowa Speedway this weekend proudly piloting the No. 15 Northland Oil Toyota Camry for Germain Racing as he vies for the win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Annett
Teams Germain Racing