Michael Annett, former driver of the No. 43 entry for Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will go Sprint Cup Series racing in 2014 as driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing, formerly driven by Dave Blaney.
“Driving in the Cup Series has been my goal every since I started racing, and to start this next chapter with Tommy, who is one of the main reasons I made the move to North Carolina in the first place, makes this extra special,” Annett said. “I’m looking forward to continuing what we started — winning two races in the ARCA Series and running well in trucks.”
Making the move with Annett to TBR is his longtime sponsor, Pilot Flying J.
“Pilot Flying J has been with me just as long,” Annett said. “They have been a tremendous partner, and I’m honored to represent them on the sport’s biggest stage.”
Annett has 163-career starts in Nationwide Series competition, as well as eight in the Camping World Truck Series. Seven of those truck starts came with Tommy Baldwin as crew chief at Bill Davis Racing. His best NASCAR national-level finish was a second-place showing in a Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Baldwin will serve as Annett’s crew chief next year.
“To have Michael on board for next year, and to have a great partner like Pilot Flying J is big for our team,” Baldwin said. “Since we went Cup racing about five years ago, we’ve grown and gotten better with each passing season. This is the next logical step, and I believe there’s a lot of potential for Michael to come in and do good things in our race cars.”
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