Michael Annett Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Phoenix

Date:  February 26, 2014

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 26, 2014) - Michael Annett and the No. 7 Accell Construction Chevrolet SS race team descend upon the desert this weekend, traveling to Phoenix International Raceway for the second race on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. 

Annett is fresh off of his Sprint Cup Series debut in last weekend's Daytona 500. He ran as high as ninth and finished 37th after being included in an 11-car accident less than 50 laps from the finish.

The race from Phoenix airs live Sunday, March 2 at 3 pm Eastern on FOX.


  • Though he was a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series competitor last season, Annett missed the March race weekend at Phoenix as he was sidelined with a sternum injury following a crash at Daytona. He considers Phoenix, Richmond and Loudon three of his favorite tracks.   
  • In his four races on the current Phoenix configuration, Annett earned Nationwide Series race results of 10th in the fall 2011 race, 10th and seventh in 2012 and 14th last fall. His 10.25-place average ranked seventh among drivers who competed in at least four of the five events on the redesigned PIR track.   
  • Accell Construction makes its first appearance of 2014 on Annett's TBR No. 7 this weekend. "We're excited to be starting our fourth year in the Cup Series with Tommy Baldwin Racing," said Accell Construction owner Steve Todhunter. "This season begins with a new car number and driver for us as we look forward to working with Michael Annett."


On Phoenix...

"I enjoy short track racing and it was hard for me to sit out this weekend this time last year. Phoenix is really unique and it's a lot of fun to drive. I have been reviewing tape of last year's Cup races, just so that I would be able to visualize how to drive a Cup car there versus how to drive a Nationwide car there."

On the new qualifying format...

"I'm not sure what all I should expect with the new (qualifying) format. I know Bono and I have talked about how our own strategy might shake out, but it will be a learning experience for sure. I wouldn't be surprised to see a number of different strategies employed on Friday. At Phoenix, qualifying can certainly help your race result be better, so we already put more of an emphasis on qualifying than usual. It'll definitely be entertaining for the fans."
To Learn More About Michael Annett Please visit: www.michaelannett.com
Follow Michael on Twitter: @michaelannett 


Founded in 2009, Tommy Baldwin Racing is a NASCAR organization that fields two full-time Chevrolet teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Baldwin, a native of Long Island, New York, is a Daytona 500-winning crew chief going into his sixth season as a full-time Cup Series car owner.

For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, please visit them on Facebook, Twitter or their website.


Accell Construction, Inc. operates as a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries and specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction. Accell Construction's clients know they can expect excellent safety, reliability and top-notch job performance. Accell, whose projects are always in budget and completed early, enjoys a 20-year reputation that is second to none.

Oklahoma based Accell Construction operates civil construction projects in numerous states across the U.S. and has constructed some of the largest petroleum storage facilities built in the U.S. in the last 15 years.

Accell benefits from a team of employees who bring decades of civil experience. The Accell team, many of whom have been with the company since inception, is committed to excellence and safety. All field personnel are also required to be TWIC certified. Accell has a well-known reputation in the petroleum storage industry for performing the highest quality work-always in an expedient, but safe manner.

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