Michael Annett Darlington News and Notes

The Headlines:

Michael Annett and Rusty Wallace Racing’s No. 62 Pilot Flying J team will travel to the North Carolina based team’s neighboring Palmetto State this weekend as the NASCAR Nationwide Series competes in the Royal Purple 200 on Friday night at Darlington Raceway. The South Carolina track is known as one of the toughest racetracks on the NASCAR circuit, therefore it boasts the well-respected “Too Tough to Tame” slogan. The distinct 1.366 mile track can be compared to no other oval the NASCAR Nationwide Series visits, which produces a challenge for both teams and drivers.

Proving his talent with an 11th place finish in last season’s Nationwide Series event at Darlington, Annett’s strong showing at the Lady in Black eases the intimidation brought on by the track’s tough reputation. Friday’s Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 will be the 24-year-old racer’s third career attempt at the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

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Not only is the track demanding, but Darlington also marks the second consecutive one-day show for the NASCAR Nationwide Series with practice, qualifying and the 147 lap race all slated for Friday. Fitting everything into one day in the South Carolina heat can be tough, yet another reason why it’s “Too Tough to Tame” at Darlington.

Michael Annett on Darlington Raceway:

“You’ve got to be on top of your game heading into the Darlington race. There’s a lot of give and take there and hitting your marks is key. I’m up for the challenge it carries and excited to get on track with Pilot Flying J and Rusty Wallace Racing.”

“When conversations get going on Darlington, you’re guaranteed to hear the ‘Darlington Stripe’ come up. The track is well-respected for the fact that it’s unlikely to leave there without the right side of your racecar scraped up. I definitely earned my stripe in my rookie season at Darlington two years ago, but last year we came out with the car in one piece and with a strong 11th place finish. I’m hoping this week we can pull off another respectable finish at the Lady in Black.”

The Machines:

Team 62 Primary: RWR-053 – Rusty Wallace Racing’s No. 62 Pilot Flying J team has raced this car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway this season.

Team 62 Back-Up: RWR-051 – The No. 62 team’s last race competing with this chassis was at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

Pilot Flying J Locations on Your Way:

Pilot Flying J provides 16 Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J locations along the roads of the state of South Carolina. 12 of these locations are conveniently positioned within a 100 mile radius of Darlington Raceway. For more information on Pilot Flying J and to map their nearest locations along your route, please visit www.pilotflyingj.com.

Pilot Travel Center

1-95 and US 52 Exit 164

2015 West Lucas Street

Florence, SC 29501

Flying J

I-95 Exit 169

3001 TV Road

Florence, SC 29501

Pilot Travel Center

I-95 Exit 170

306 North Williston Road

Florence, SC 29506

Flying J

I-95 Exit 181A

111 Mill Branch Road

Latta, SC 29565

Pilot Travel Center

I-20 and US 601 Exit 92

522 Highway 601 South

Lugoff, SC 29078

Flying J

I-20 Exit 70

5901 Fairfield Road

Columbia, SC 29203

Pilot Travel Center

I-26 Exit 159

2064 Homestead Road

Bowman, SC 29018

Flying J

I-77 and Highway 901 Exit 73

2435 Mount Holly Road

Rock Hill, SC 29730

Pilot Travel Center

I-26/I-77 Exit 115

3008 Highway 321

Cayce, SC 29033

Pilot Travel Center

I-85/I-77 Exit 39

3807 Statesville Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28206

Pilot Travel Center

I-85 Exit 63

2825 Lane Street

Kannapolis, NC 28083

Pilot Travel Center

I-26 Exit 199

1521 North Main Street

Summerville, SC 29483

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:

Nationwide Series Qualifying

Friday, May 6, 3:30 p.m. ET

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Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200

Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. ET

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