Michael Annett Now Focusing on the North VS South All-Star Showdown/All-American 200 at the Music City (TN) Motorplex Des Moines, Iowa (10/26/2006): With his successful rookie season almost in his rear view mirror, Michael Annett is focusing his...
Michael Annett Now Focusing on the North VS South All-Star Showdown/All-American 200 at the Music City (TN) Motorplex
Des Moines, Iowa (10/26/2006): With his successful rookie season almost in his rear view mirror, Michael Annett is focusing his efforts on one of the biggest end of the season special events in the entire United States. The TMC Racing crew is now preparing to head down to Nashville, Tennessee to be a part of a Music City tradition.
The entire ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will be a part of the 24th annual All-American 400 weekend at the Music City (TN) Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 3-4-5, 2006. The ASALMS portion will be dubbed the North VS South All-Star Showdown/All-American 200. Since 1904, the Music City Motorplex in Nashville has been a part of the auto racing scene. The list of drivers is long and distinguished. The 5/8th's asphalt track has been a proving ground for drivers for over a century including the likes of: Buck Baker, Lee Petty, Fireball Roberts, Glen Wood, Coo Coo Marlin, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Sterling Marlin and Chad Chaffin.
"I am really looking forward to Nashville, we have some momentum coming off of our run at Iowa Speedway and I believe we will be able to carry that into the weekend in Nashville," stated Annett as his TMC Racing Team prepares to head South.
"We have had even more time now to get some things in place and get everything on the car more to our liking and done exactly how we want it," explained Annett. "With the kind of people we have on the TMC crew, it really makes it exciting going into a race weekend because I know what we are capable of."
Expectations are high in the TMC Racing Team camp and Annett is excited to be heading down after his strong third place finish in his inaugural ASALMS Challenge Division start at the Iowa (IA) Speedway back on October 14, 2006, close to his hometown of Des Moines, in Newton, Iowa.
An added bonus is that his Crew Chief, John Ferry has already had success in Nashville earlier this season. The Wheaton, Illinois veteran, Eddie Hoffman rented a machine from Ferry since his TK Racing car wasn't done in time for the March 18, 2006 opener in Music City and went on to win the Waffle House 200 Presented by Dollar General!
"John owned the car that won the first race this year at Nashville, so he has some really good knowledge about the track and that helps me out a lot having never been there," continued Annett. "I know there will be some stiff competition and that is good because when we run well it really shows what kind of team we have and what people can expect from us in the future.," Annett ended.
During the 2006 season in the ASALMS Northern Division, the Hawkeye State driver recorded three Top Five finishes with two of those being runner-up showings. His first podium finish came back on July 14, 2006 at the Motordrome (PA) Speedway during the NAPA Auto Parts 100.
Annett finished eighth overall in the ASALMS Northern Division and fourth in the Appleton Rack and Pinions Rookie of the Year title chase despite missing the final points event at the LaCrosse (WI) Fairgrounds Speedway back during Oktoberfest Weekend on October 7, 2006,
The 2006 season marked Annett's first season behind the wheel of a race car! Prior to beginning his racing career this year, Annett was an accomplished Minor League Hockey Player. Annett began his hockey career as six years old and retired at the end of the 2004-2005 season after completing the season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Annett also ran a select schedule of events at the South Boston (VA) Speedway in a car provided by Barry Beggarly in the tracks NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Models division.
For the 2006 season, Annett will carry sponsorship on the side of his Ford Fusion from; TMC Transportation as well as Benson International, Allstate Peterbilt Group, Rising Star Driver Development, Pilot Travel Centers and Northland Motor Oil and Lubricants.