Annett & Pilot Flying J Returning To JR Motorsports

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Michael Annett and sponsor Pilot Flying J will both return to JR Motorsports next year. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)
Michael Annett and sponsor Pilot Flying J will both return to JR Motorsports next year. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – JR Motorsports announced Thursday that Michael Annett and sponsor Pilot Flying J will both return to the team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next year.

Pilot Flying J will enter its fifth year of sponsorship with JR Motorsports next year, having earned NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff berths in 2017, 2019 and 2020. Pilot Flying J has supported Annett since he first emerged on the NASCAR national stage in 2008.

“Having Pilot Flying J as a partner for the past four seasons has helped JR Motorsports excel on many levels, and being able to continue the relationship will allow us all to keep growing and succeeding together,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “Pilot Flying J’s commitment to the sport and to our team is strong, and we are proud to be moving forward with them.”

Annett, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, is currently finishing his fourth season driving the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Annett earned his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory with JR Motorsports and in the 2019 season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway and his first pole later that season at Talladega Superspeedway.

“Pilot Flying J is excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Michael and JRM,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “We look forward to seeing where Michael will finish this year and we wish him the best of luck and success in the 2021 season.”

Annett earned a career-best finish of fifth in the championship standings in 2012, and he has earned NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff berths in three of his four seasons with JR Motorsports.

“Returning to JR Motorsports with Pilot Flying J means a lot to me,” said Annett. “We’ve been able to grow this program here, with Travis Mack and the team, and I know that more race wins and playoff appearances are in the future. Pilot Flying J has been a great partner for the past 13 seasons and I am looking forward to being here with Dale, Kelley and the JR Motorsports family.”