Pilot Flying J, which has been a major sponsor in NASCAR since 2008 when Michael Annett competed part time in the Camping World Truck Series, will not return to JR Motorsports for the 2022 season.
In early October, Annett announced he would be retiring from full-time NASCAR competition following the 2021 Xfinity Series season. Most would assume Pilot Flying J, which has backed Annett for the majority of his career – even during a three-year Cup Series stint between 2014 and 2016 – would depart the team, as well.
The sponsor visited victory lane twice in its five-year tenure at JRM. Annett kicked off the 2019 season with a bang, winning the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Most recently, Josh Berry, who filled in for an injured Annett, was victorious with the Pilot Flying J colors at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to kick off the 2021 Xfinity Series playoffs.
Annett ended his full-time NASCAR career with the lone win at Daytona, contributing 18 additional top-five finishes in the Xfinity Series. He earned 95 top-10 finishes, including a career-high 22 in 2020, in 321 starts.
Sam Mayer will take over the No. 1 car for JRM in 2022. JRM confirmed his sponsors will be announced over the next couple of weeks.
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