With a racing career spanning 16 years and over 90,000 laps turned, Michael Annett announced today his retirement from full-time driving duties at the conclusion of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
“I’m just so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had,” the 35-year-old Annett said. “Being able to drive racecars for a living is honestly a dream come true for me. It’s been a privilege to work with some great teams and alongside some of the most talented folks in the garage. None of this would have been possible without the support of my partners, and I am happy to call them life-long friends. It’s those relationships and friendships that are the most rewarding.”
Annett, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, has been a staple in NASCAR with the familiar colors of Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Allstate Peterbilt Group, WEX EFS and others sponsoring his entries over the years. He competed in his first full-time season in 2009 and has made more than 430 starts across NASCAR’s top three series.
He was injured this summer missed races at Atlanta and Loudon as a result. With a couple weeks off after, he elected for surgery. Annett, would return to his car in Watkins Glen before sitting out Indy and Michigan again after having a setback with his injury.
With his playoff hopes now in peril, he’d return again in Daytona, Darlington and Richmond in hopes of a win. That didn’t happen so he’s sat back out the last four weeks with Josh Berry filling in.
Berry, won in that ride in Vegas.