Michael Annett Talladega News and Notes

The Headlines:

Former Talladega Winner Returns: Michael Annett revisits the legendary Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, a track where he was victorious in 2007 winning the ARCA RE/MAX 250 under the banner of loyal sponsor Pilot Travel Centers. Annett’s victory came after securing a starting spot on the outside pole and leading 75 laps of the 94 lap race. Saturday afternoon’s Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312 will be Annett’s third career Nationwide Series start on Talladega’s 2.66 mile superspeedway.

A First for Toyota at Talladega: Not only was Michael Annett’s Talladega Superspeedway victory memorable because it was his first ever win in the series, but Annett also marked the record books by bringing Toyota to victory lane for the first time in ARCA Racing Series history.

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Superspeedway Success: Michael Annett’s win at Talladega Superspeedway was his first of two victories on a NASCAR sanctioned superspeedway, with his second being in the 2008 ARCA 200 on the famed banks of Daytona International Speedway. Longtime supporter Pilot Travel Centers was on board with Annett for both of these trips to the winners circle.

Meet and Greet with Michael Annett: Fans have the opportunity to meet Pilot Flying J driver Michael Annett on Friday at the Lincoln, Ala. Pilot Travel Center (121 Honda Drive). Located just seven miles from the track, Pilot Travel Centers will host Annett for autographs from 5-6 p.m. local time on Friday, April 15. Rusty Wallace Racing’s No. 62 Pilot Flying J Toyota Camry show car will also be present at the Lincoln, Ala. Pilot Travel Centers location with appearances Wednesday, April 13 through Saturday, April 16, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. local time.

For the latest updates on Michael Annett, please visit www.michaelannett.com.

From the Cockpit:

Michael Annett on Talladega Superspeedway

“Returning to Talladega always brings back great memories of my ARCA win there. It would be great to bring Toyota and Pilot Flying J back to victory lane this weekend with Rusty Wallace Racing. We’re going to do our best to make that happen.”

The Machines:

Team 62 Primary: RWR-057 – This Rusty Wallace Racing chassis was new at the 2011 Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The Talladega Superspeedway event will be the second race for this car.

Team 62 Secondary: RWR-051 – Rusty Wallace Racing competed with this car in 2010 Nationwide Series events at Daytona International Speedway (July), Michigan International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway (October).

Pilot Flying J Locations on the Way:

Pilot Flying J provides 10 Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J locations along the roads of the state of Alabama. Thirteen of these locations are conveniently positioned near Talladega Superspeedway. For more information on Pilot Flying J and to map their nearest locations along your route, please visit www.pilotflyingj.com.

Pilot Travel Center

(I-20 Exit 165)

121 Honda Drive

Lincoln, AL 35096

Flying J

(I-65 & SR 94 Exit 264)

224 Daniel Payne Drive

Birmingham, AL 35207

Pilot Travel Center

(I-20/59/65/AL-78 Exit 123)

901 Bankhead Hwy W

Birmingham, AL 35204

Pilot Travel Center

(I-20 & GA 100 Exit 5)

882 Georgia Hwy 100

Tallapoosa, GA 30176

Flying J

(I-20/I-59 Exit 104)

6098 MacAshan Drive

McCalla, AL 35111

Pilot Travel Center

(I-20 Exit 19)

625 Carrollton Street

Temple, GA

Flying J

(I-20 & Hwy 113 Exit 19)

15 Villa Rosa Road

Temple, GA 30179

Pilot Travel Center

(I-85 Exit 41)

1645 South Highway 29

Newnan, GA 30263

Pilot Travel Center

(I-65 Exit 334)

3240 Point Mallard Parkway

Priceville, AL 35603

About Pilot Flying J: Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America. Follow Pilot Flying J on Twitter at @pilottravel.

Broadcast Info:

NNS Qualifying

Friday, April 15

12 p.m. ET

SPEED

Aaron’s 312

Saturday, April 16

3 p.m.

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