Sparta, Ky. (July 9, 2011) – Strategizing and conserving fuel earned Rusty Wallace Racing’s No. 62 Pilot Flying J team their third consecutive top-10 finish in the Bluegrass State this weekend. Driver Michael Annett’s seventh place finish in Friday night’s Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway advanced him to ninth in the Nationwide Series championship point standings and marked his fourth top-10 finish for the Rusty Wallace Racing organization in 2011.
“My crew chief, Rick Viers, made some great calls tonight that got us right where we needed to be for the finish. We were really close on fuel towards the end, but we tried some fuel saving strategies that kept us from running out,” said Annett, “I’m really proud of everyone on my team. They had great pit stops throughout the night and have been working really hard. We’re really excited to be on this streak of strong finishes. It’s just the momentum builder we needed heading into this summer stretch of races.”
Finishing seventh on Road America’s 4.048 mile, 14-turn road course, notching a sixth place superspeedway finish on the famed banks of Daytona International Speedway, and now finishing seventh on an intermediate track at Kentucky, Annett’s three-race streak of top-10s has been at a diverse group of tracks.
“Our finishes these past few weeks have been exactly what this No. 62 Pilot Flying J team needed, and we’re looking forward to continuing it,” said Annett, “I’m very thankful to Pilot Flying J and to Rusty Wallace Racing for giving me the opportunity to do this. Pilot Flying J has been a big supporter throughout my racing career, and I’m excited to give them the finishes they deserve.”
Next week, Annett and the No. 62 Pilot Flying J team compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the Nationwide Series circuit heads to Loudon. For live coverage of the New England 200 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, tune to ESPN at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For the latest updates on Michael Annett, please visit www.michaelannett.com.
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.