This weekend’s race is the final full-time start for the 35- year-old Iowa driver, who announced his retirement from full-time competition earlier this season. It is also the final full-time start for Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Allstate Peterbilt Group and others who have supported Annett at JR Motorsports since 2017.
Annett has one top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 18 starts at Phoenix Raceway. His best finish came in this race last year, when he was a strong fourth.
On tracks measuring 1-mile or less this season, Annett has two top-10 finishes in six starts, including a seventh-place result on the mile oval at Dover International Speedway.
“We had a solid car at Martinsville last weekend, and got taken out in somebody else’s mess. I am going to Phoenix this weekend with Pilot Flying J and Call of Duty Endowment to win the race for this No. 1 team and all my guys, and for Pilot Flying J, which has been a fantastic supporter for most of my career. JR Motorsports has a chance at the championship and that’s all you can ask for: a chance to win the race and the championship.” – Michael Annett