Michael Annett Reveals the Real Reason of His NASCAR Retirement as He Dismisses Injury Myth

Published 10/10/2021, 11:09 AM EDT
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)


Recently, news broke that Michael Annett would retire at the end of the season. The signs were mostly there when he injured himself and missed a few races. However, the 35-year-old insisted that his injury was not the primary factor behind the decision. Earlier, he was back in the car and competing once again, having recovered from his injury.

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He said, “It’s something I’ve thought about before I got hurt. The injury gave me a lot of time to think about it. Just felt like it’s time to do something else. I wasn’t as excited to go to the airplane each weekend. Every hour I come up with something different, starting a charter fishing company. I mean, I’m all over the place, but we’ll have some time to think about it.”

What else did Michael Annett say?

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The JR Motorsports driver admitted that it was not the first time he has had an injury. Apparently, he had hurt his spine on one occasion and it sidelined him for three months. Naturally, it is quite tough to swallow, because he thought that he could make it back.

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)

His personal feelings aside, Michael Annett was happy for Josh Berry when the latter won at Las Vegas. According to him, Berry and the team definitely deserved the win. Now, he will be looking forward to the remaining races in his Xfinity Series career. of course, this is not a complete goodbye, as he is only retiring from full-time racing.

In other words, he will likely go for a part-time career in the Xfinity arena. At the moment, he is sitting in 16th place in the championship battle, 22 points adrift of Ryan Sieg. With four races left in the calendar, the best that he can achieve is 13th, but he will have to catch up to Sieg, Brandon Brown, and Ty Gibbs.

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