With JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier doing everything in his power to pass him for the win, NASCAR veteran Michael Annett held him off over the final laps to secure his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of his career at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300. It took Annett 250 starts to achieve his first win, a win he was undoubtedly excited about in victory lane after the race Saturday.
“Eight years in the series, this is amazing! I couldn’t have done it without these guys. They’ve stuck with me through the hard times when everybody counts us out and wonders why I get to drive this car, and I think we showed it today, they worked their tails off on this. We got the 1 in Victory Lane. Our slogan this year is ‘One team, one dream, one goal.’ This was one of them, so we’re starting off good!”
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brandon Jones brought his brand-new Toyota Supra to a third place finish, an impressive outing for a new car. Ryan Sieg finished fourth, while Austin Cindric wound out the top five. Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., led the early laps of the race only to be passed in turn three of the last lap of the first stage by Justin Haley. Haley and Kaulig Racing teammate Ross Chastain won the first two stages respectively on Saturday.
Brad Keselowski’s day was over before it even started, as his roof hatch was an issue for him at the drop of the green flag. The hatch, which is installed to assist drivers when they need to make a quick exit from their vehicles, was bouncing around a high speeds. After multiple attempts to repair the issue, including installing a brand new hatch, the hatch would end up on the tri-oval grass on lap 71, ending his day.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Rinnai 250 next weekend. The race will air Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00pm EST on Fox Sports 1.