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Annett Makes Move to Cup Series in 2014

Annett Makes Move to Cup Series in 2014

by November 15, 2013 0 comments

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Michael Annett will be going Sprint Cup racing in 2014.

The Des Moines, Iowa driver will leave his ride at Richard Petty Motorsports and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and head to Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2014 to drive the #7 machine.

Dave Blaney, the current driver of the Baldwin machine is rumored to be going World of Outlaws Sprint Car racing in 2014 and will vacate the seat when the checkered flag flies on Sunday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Annett says that he’s always dreamed of racing on Sunday and with the help of Pilot and Flying J, he’ll get the opportunity come Daytona in 2014.

“Driving in the Cup Series has been my goal ever since I started racing, and to start this next chapter with Tommy, who is one of the main reasons I made the move to North Carolina in the first place, makes this extra special. I’m looking forward to continuing what we started – winning two races in the ARCA Series and running well in Trucks. Pilot Flying J has been with me just as long, they have been a tremendous partner and I’m honored to represent them on the sport’s biggest stage.”

Annett, in five full time seasons in NASCAR’s second tier series has never scored a victory, but does have seven top five finishes and 34 top-10 runs in 162 starts.

Tommy Baldwin Racing will have a full time sponsor in one of his cars come 2014. Baldwin believes that his team has gotten better over the course of the last five years and says that this is the next step in becoming an even better team.

“To have Michael on board for next year, and to have a great partner like Pilot Flying J, is big for our team. Since we went Cup racing about five years ago, we’ve grown and gotten better with each passing season. This is the next logical step, and I believe there’s a lot of potential for Michael to come in and do good things in our racecars.”

Baldwin and Annett have worked together before, when Annett made seven starts with Baldwin as his crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Annett and Baldwin would achieve a sixth place finish in his debut at the Milwaukee Mile with a career best finish of second at the Kentucky Speedway later that year.

Chris Owens
For years, Chris has been traveling the country shooting photos capturing some of the sport's most unique moments and writing articles about grassroots racing and the NASCAR. Chris is the track photographer for Dillon Motor Speedway, and he has created websites for regional racing media outlets as well as for a few clients in the various traveling Late Model divisions. He also created a website for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Danny Efland.

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