WATCH: Michael Annett Slams into the Wall After Contact With Joe Graf Jr. at Bristol

Published 09/19/2020, 2:05 PM EDT


During the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Michael Annett was in a good position until he crashed. As it turned out, he was driving around the outside of Joe Graf Jr. when the incident occurred. Apparently, Graf Jr. lost control of his #08 car and slid into Annett’s #1 car.

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Graf spun and hit the wall backward, while Annett slid in headfirst. The good news was that Annett was able to continue. However, the bad news was that it ended his Top-10 streak and eliminated him from the Playoffs.

Michael Annett was absolutely gutted

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Admittedly, Annett has been on an excellent run of form and put in one of his most consistent performances to date. Naturally, he was hoping to let that momentum carry him through the Playoffs. Sadly, Graf Jr. poured cold water all over his plans and ended his streak of consistency.

Apparently, Michael Annett was running in seventh and was ready to put Joe Graf Jr. a lap down. Unfortunately, the eight-placed driver, Brandon Jones, tapped Graf, sending him into Annett. That pushed the JR Motorsports No. 1 into the wall and out of the race.

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We know we’re in the playoffs, obviously, and just looking for that race win and the five points to carry us into the playoffs, and through each round of the playoffs,” Annett said. “This one stings when you have a car this fast.”

He knew that the JR Motorsports car was perfectly capable of winning races. Justin Allgaier was proof of the pudding, and Annett found himself tailing Noah Gragson when the incident took place.

He concluded, “I’m kicking myself for putting myself in a bad position. I moved to the outside to see if I could snooker Noah 10 laps sooner and we’re just playing chess with race cars and I made the wrong move, obviously.”

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