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Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has signed driver Michael Annett, and partnered with Pilot Flying J for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Annett, whose NASCAR career began at Bill Davis Racing under the tutelage of Baldwin, reunites with his mentor after five seasons of competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Baldwin will continue as the #7 team’s crew chief next season. TBR will field a fleet of Richard Childress Racing cars and utilize Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines.
Tommy Baldwin, owner of Tommy Baldwin Racing said, “To have Michael on board for next year, and to have a great partner like Pilot Flying J, is big for our team. Since we went Cup racing about five years ago, we’ve grown and gotten better with each passing season. This is the next logical step, and I believe there’s a lot of potential for Michael to come in and do good things in our race cars.”
Michael Annett, the new driver of the #7 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet SS chimed in, “Driving in the Cup Series has been my goal ever since I started racing, and to start this next chapter with Tommy, who is one of the main reasons I made the move to North Carolina in the first place, makes this extra special. I’m looking forward to continuing what we started – winning two races in the ARCA Series, and running well in Trucks. Pilot Flying J has been with me just as long, they have been a tremendous partner, and I’m honored to represent them on the sport’s biggest stage.”(TBR/Rising Star Management Group)
In light of Richard Petty Motorsports signing Corey LaJoie to a developmental driver contract, add to the fact that RPM has entered LaJoie in the RPM #9 Ford for the race this weekend at Homestead, it was evident that Annett would have no place to hang his helmet at RPM in 2014. Nevertheless, it appears that Annett has landed a very good opportunity in the Sprint Cup level with the smaller organization, TBR, in 2014!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!