Michael Annett

Learn more about the Driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet

Michael Annett
Birth Date
June 23, 1986
Des Moines, Iowa

Michael Annett returns to the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in 2018 after posting a ninth-place points finish in his inaugural season with the team. The 31-year-old Annett logged one top-five and seven top-10 finishes in his first season for JRM, alongside new crew chief Jason Stockert, and the duo qualified for the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.

After three years in the NASCAR Cup Series, Annett returned to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017 with JRM, making team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s squad a four-car team for the first time in its 16-year history.

Annett is an 11-year veteran of NASCAR, competing in the Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series in that span. He came to JR Motorsports after a three-year stint (2014-16) driving the No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet at the NASCAR Cup Series level for HScott Motorsports.

The Des Moines, Iowa native began his racing career in 2007, competing in the ARCA Racing Series where he found instant success. Annett won the pole for his first ARCA race at Iowa Speedway, his home track. In just 10 ARCA races from 2007 to 2009, Annett amassed two wins (Talladega, Daytona), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

In 2008, Bill Davis Racing and Germain Racing gave Annett the opportunity to gain seat time in the Truck and Xfinity Series. From 2009 through 2013, Annett raced full-time in NXS competition with multiple teams including Germain Racing (2009-10), Rusty Wallace Inc. (2011), and Richard Petty Motorsports (2012-13). Before making the jump to the Cup Series, Annett collected seven top-five and 34 top-10 finishes in NXS competition. His most successful year in NXS came in 2012, where he earned six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes en route to a fifth-place effort in the championship standings

Annett’s first love was ice hockey, and he advanced quickly through the developmental ranks. By the time he was 16 years old, Annett was playing for Team Illinois, a AAA hockey team. In 2004, the Hawkeye native joined the Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks, a United States Hockey League (USHL) team.  He was awarded the USHL Most Improved Player award in 2004. Due in part to his father Harrold Annett’s background as team owner for sprint car legend Sammy Swindell, Annett found the siren song of motorsports too strong to ignore.  In 2005, Annett made a full-time transition into the racing world and traded his skates for a firesuit.

Annett resides in Mooresville, N.C. and when not wheeling cars around a race track, enjoys hockey, golf, AMA SuperCross and boating.

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Michael Annett

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Attn: Michael Annett Autograph Request
P.O. Box 330
Mooresville, NC 28115