Daytona Race Preview

  • Michael Annett returns to Daytona International Speedway with a new crew chief, as Mike Bumgarner will be atop the pit box for the 2021 season.

  • On Saturday, Annett’s No. 1 Pilot Flying J/American Heart Association Chevrolet Camaro will carry a special paint scheme in honor of American Heart Month. Sponsor Pilot Flying J is supporting the AHA’s “Life Is Why™” awareness campaign.

  • Daytona is the site of Annett’s first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, having earned the win in this event in 2019.

  • In 2020, Annett posted a career-high 22 top-10 finishes in 33 races on the way to making the NXS Playoffs.

  • In 20 NXS starts at Daytona, the Illinois native has four top fives and eight top 10s. He’s twice finished in the runner-up position, most recently in the 2019 season opener behind teammate Michael Annett.


“I’m really excited to get to Daytona and get 2021 off on the right foot. We have a new crew chief in Mike Bumgarner, and he’s a great guy to have on the pit box. My engineers (Kevin Walter and Eric Long) are the same, and they know what I like in the car. We finished off 2020 with a strong run (fourth at Phoenix Raceway) and we’ve got a good car for this weekend. JRM is always strong at Daytona, and we get to the front and help each other when we can. It’s fun when you know you have a shot at it every time you come to Daytona.” - Michael Annett