Josh Berry to Sub for Michael Annett at Loudon in JRM’s No. 1 Entry

JR Motorsports | 7/12/2021

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Michael Annett will undergo surgery for stress fracture. Josh Berry will sit in for Annett this weekend as he recovers.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 12, 2021) - Michael Annett, driver of the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, will miss this Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway following an MRI which revealed a stress fracture in the Iowa driver's right femur. Josh Berry, who ran 12 races for the team in the No. 8 Chevrolet this season, will sit in for the recovering Annett this weekend.

The MRI revealed the fracture on Monday, and surgery to repair it will take place on Tuesday. Following this weekend's event at NHMS, the series will have two weekends off due to the Tokyo Olympics, and doctors have said the three-week recuperation should allow Annett time to resume his duties when the series races again on Aug. 7 at Watkins Glen International.

Annett, 35, was forced to miss last Saturday's NXS race at Atlanta Motor Speedway due to the injury. Austin Dillon raced the Pilot Flying J-sponsored Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish in that event.

JRM has requested, and received, a medical waiver for Annett from NASCAR regarding his status for the NXS Playoffs. Following the Atlanta race, Annett stands 11th in the playoff field.

In his 15 NXS starts this season, 12 of them in JRM's No. 8 Chevrolet, Berry has earned a victory at Martinsville Speedway, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • August 7 04:00 PM ET
    Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200Watkins Glen International
  • August 14 04:00 PM ET
    Pennzoil 150Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
  • August 21 03:00 PM ET
    New Holland 250Michigan International Speedway
  • August 27 07:30 PM ET
    Wawa 250Daytona International Speedway
  • September 4 03:30 PM ET
    Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200Darlington Raceway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200

New Hampshire Motor Speedway | 7/17/2021
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Austin Cindric7970
2AJ Allmendinger715-82
3Daniel Hemric684-113
4Justin Allgaier653-144
5Harrison Burton615-182
6Jeb Burton589-208
7Justin Haley577-220
8Noah Gragson544-253
11Michael Annett450-347