CORNELIUS, N.C. – Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has signed driver Michael Annett and partnered with Pilot Flying J for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Annett, whose NASCAR career began at Bill Davis Racing under the tutelage of Baldwin, reunites with his mentor after five seasons of competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Baldwin will continue as the No. 7 team’s crew chief next season. TBR will field a fleet of Richard Childress Racing cars and utilize Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines.
“Driving in the Cup Series has been my goal ever 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. Pilot Flying J has been with me just as long, they have been a tremendous partner and I’m honored to represent them on the sport’s biggest stage.”
Annett will make his 163rd NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His best season to date was 2012, when he finished a career-best fifth in the series championship standings. He has spent the last two seasons driving the No. 43 Ford in the Nationwide Series for Richard Petty Motorsports.
“To have Michael on board for next year, and to have a great partner like Pilot Flying J is big for our team,” said team owner Tommy Baldwin. “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.”
Annett replaces veteran driver Dave Blaney in the No. 7 Chevrolet SS. No plans have been announced for TBR’s second Sprint Cup entry, which has been driven by J.J. Yeley much of the 2013 season.