Richard Petty Motorsports Nationwide Race Preview – Bristrol

[media-credit name=”” align=”alignright” width=”199″][/media-credit]Michael Annett• No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang

Annett has six career starts in the Nationwide Series at Bristol Motor Speedway Annett enters Bristol in eighth-place in the Nationwide Series driver point standings Annett’s best finish (sixth) came in 2011 at the .533-mile speedway

Michael Annett on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: “I can’t wait to get to Bristol this weekend. I really enjoy going to Thunder Valley and all the excitement that goes along with short-track racing. I’ve run well there in the past and had two top-10 finishes. This weekend is especially exciting because the speedway is close to Pilot’s headquarters in Knoxville, so it would be really great to see the Pilot Flying J car in Victory Lane on Saturday.”

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Crew Chief Philippe Lopez’s Thoughts on Racing in Bristol: “Going to Bristol Motor Speedway is a like racing in a coliseum, it’s crazy to have that many cars on that high-banked, little half-mile track. Michael will have to be really smart and really aware of who he is racing and not put himself in any compromising situations, because a risky situation can turn into a bad deal in the blink of an eye at Bristol. Michael finished well there last year, and as long as he can stay out of trouble and keep the Pilot Flying J Ford relatively unharmed, we’ll be in good shape for a good run and finish this weekend.”

Chassis History: The No. 43 RPM NASCAR Nationwide Series team has prepared chassis No. 621 for the 300-lap race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang is brand new to Richard Petty Motorsports this season.

Notes: Annett has six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. His best finish (sixth) came in 2011 and his best start (13th) at the .533-mile track came in 2009. Annett heads to Bristol in the eighth position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings.

Fun Fact: Michael is part Irish and his favorite holiday is St. Patrick’s day. If you look closely this weekend, you will see a shamrock on the back of his helmet and one on the back of his golf cart as well.

Looking for a Pilot or Flying J store near Bristol? There are 8 Pilot or Flying J stores within 100 miles of Bristol Motor Speedway. The nearest store is 40 miles away from the race track. (Pilot Travel Center (I-81 Exit 36) 11190 Baileyton Rd, Greenville, TN 37745) There are 90 stores within 250 miles of the track. Go to the nearest locations.

Michael Annett scored his second top-15 finish of the season driving the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang for Richard Petty Motorsports last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Can’t get enough of Annett? Michael will visit the Ford Display at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday at 12:30 p.m. for a 15 minute Q-and-A session.

Race Information

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

Laps: 300 Laps/159.9 Miles

Track Size: .533-mile

TV Information: 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Radio Information: 2 p.m. ET on PRN

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