Dale Earnhardt Jr Reacts to Michael Annett Announcing his Retirement from Full-Time Racing

Published 10/07/2021, 4:26 AM EDT
DOVER, DELAWARE – OCTOBER 05: Michael Annett, driver of the #1 TMC Transportation Chevrolet, leads Brandon Brown, driver of the #86 Jabs Construction Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)


Recently, Michael Annett made headlines, announcing his retirement from full-time racing. The 35-year-old is electing to step away from the sport when the 2021 season concludes. In light of this, JR Motorsports team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. paid a small tribute to Michael. He acknowledged Annett’s contribution to the Xfinity team and wished him the very best in his future.

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Reflecting upon his time behind the wheel, Annett said, “I’m just so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. Being able to drive race cars for a living is honestly a dream come true for me. It’s been a privilege to work with some great teams and alongside some of the most talented folks in the garage. None of this would have been possible without the support of my partners, and I am happy to call them lifelong friends. It’s those relationships and friendships that are the most rewarding.”

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At the moment, Michael Annett lies 17th in the Xfinity Series points standings and has one win to his name. That was when he triumphed at the Daytona International Speedway in 2019 during the season opener. In his final season, Annett is racing for JR Motorsports in the #1 car. Notably, he made his full-time Xfinity debut in 2009 with a best points finish of 5th in 2012.

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What prompted Michael Annett to retire?

It is highly probable that the injury he sustained earlier this year was a major factor. What made things worse was that he re-injured it, which side-lined him for a longer period. This ultimately cost him in the Playoffs, as he was in no position to race. Before the regular-season finale, he was right on the edge in 13th place.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 21: Michael Annett, driver of the #1 AHA/Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, his injury meant that he could no longer participate. However, his absence meant good news for Josh Berry, who bagged his second Xfinity Series win. Later on, Berry would be rewarded with a full-time drive in the 2022 season with JR Motorsports. However, Michael Annett will surely be missed by many in the Xfinity Series paddock.

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