Michael Annett Charlotte 2 News and Notes

The Headlines:

RWR Numbers Go Pink for 300 Miles of Courage: Both Rusty Wallace Racing Toyotas will support Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 300 Miles of Courage race on Friday night by sporting pink car numbers on the roofs of their Camrys to promote the fight against breast cancer. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Charlotte Motor Speedway is dedicating Friday’s Nationwide Series race to the support of breast cancer research.

Annett is Racing to Save Lives: After announcing a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalR last week in Kansas, Pilot Flying J driver Michael Annett continues his support of St. Jude’s pediatric cancer research center this week in Charlotte. The No. 62 Pilot Flying J Toyota Camry will again feature a St. Jude decal, this week in honor of five-year-old St. Jude patient Sandhana Kumanan. Sandhana was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and began treatment near her home in Morrisville, N.C., but when her cancer showed regrowth, her parents searched for a promising new treatment for their daughter. Sandhana is currently enrolled on the St. Jude antibody study. Sandhana is a playful little girl who loves laughing and roughhousing with her younger brother. Sandhana and her brother were born here in the U.S. Both of their parents moved to the U.S. as adults from Chennai, India (formerly known as Madras, India), to start a new life.

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Tight Points Battle: Annett currently ranks 10th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings with four races remaining in the 2011 season. The 25-year-old driver sits only seven points behind ninth place Brian Scott and just eight markers away from his teammate Steve Wallace in eighth.

Driver and Crew Chief at Charlotte: Crew chief Rick Viers’ first race calling the shots for driver Annett was at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May where the duo finished 14th. That race kicked off a six-race streak of five top-10 finishes. Friday night’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage race will be Annett’s sixth career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Annett has three top-15 finishes in his five attempts at the 1.5 mile Concord, N.C. track. Viers has a Sprint Showdown win at Charlotte to his name. The Rusty Wallace Racing crew chief earned his Showdown win in 2008 with Red Bull Racing and driver A.J. Allmendinger.

Rusty Wallace Racing at Charlotte: In 35 combined NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Rusty Wallace Racing organization’s best finish on the 1.5 mile quad-oval came in May 2009 when the No. 62 team recorded a runner-up finish. Rusty Wallace Racing entries have earned three top-five and 19 top-10 finishes at Charlotte with five different drivers. Rusty Wallace, a former driver in NASCAR’s junior division, himself contributed two top-five and three top 10’s to that total from 1985-1988.

Cast Your Vote: Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver voting continues on NASCAR.com. Fans can cast their vote for Michael Annett once per day by visiting www.NASCAR.com/nnsmpd. Voting runs from now until November 17. The winner of the Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver award will be announced at the year-end banquet on November 21.

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

From the Cockpit:

Michael Annett on Friday’s Race:

“Charlotte’s one of my favorite tracks on the circuit to race on. It just really fits my driving style. We’ve got two really cool charitable initiatives that we are supporting this week on our No. 62 Pilot Flying J car. We’ll again be running a St. Jude logo in honor of a patient from their hospital, and we’ll continue that throughout the remainder of the season to encourage donations to St. Jude on their Racing to Save Lives donation page. Also, for breast cancer awareness month, the numbers in the roof of both mine and Steve’s cars will be pink in support of breast cancer research.”

The Machines:

Team 62 Primary: RWR-061 – The No. 62 Pilot Flying J team’s last two outings with this chassis were at Dover International Speedway earlier this month where they finished 12th and at Bristol Motor Speedway in August where they notched a sixth place finish on sponsor Pilot Flying J’s home track.

Team 62 Back-Up: RWR-051 – The No. 62 Pilot Flying J 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 nine Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J locations along the highways throughout North Carolina. Twelve of these locations are conveniently positioned within a 100 mile radius of Charlotte Motor Speedway. 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-85 Exit 63

2825 Lane St.

Kannapolis, NC 28083

Pilot Travel Center

I-85/I-77 Exit 39

3807 Statesville Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28206

Flying J

I-77 and Hwy 901 Exit 73

2435 Mount Holly Rd.

Rock Hill, SC 29730

Flying J

I-85 Exit 102

1011 North Mountain St.

Blacksburg, SC 29702

Pilot Travel Center

I-85 Exit 90

909 Hyatt St.

Gaffney, SC 29341

Pilot Travel Center

I-20 and US 601 Exit 92

522 Highway 601 South

Lugoff, SC 29078

Flying J

I-85 and I-40 Exit 150

1043 Jimmie Kerr Rd.

Graham, NC 27258

Pilot Travel Center

I-95 and US 52 Exit 164

2015 West Lucas St.

Florence, SC 29501

Pilot Travel Center

I-40/I-85 Exit 152

1342 Trollingwood Rd.

Mebane, NC 27302

Flying J

I-20 Exit 70

5901 Fairfield Rd.

Columbia, SC 29203

Flying J

I-95 Exit 169

3001 TV Rd.

Florence, SC 29501

Pilot Travel Center

I-95 Exit 170

3006 North Williston Rd.

Florence, SC 29506

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:

Practice

Thursday, October 13, 2 p.m. ET

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Final Practice

Thursday, October 13, 6 p.m. ET

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Qualifying

Friday, October 14, 3 p.m. ET

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Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage

Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. ET

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