Photo credits: KLTV.com The weekend for the No. 46 HScott Motorsports team heading to Texas Motor Speedway started off in a surprising manner after their hauler caught fire en route to the track on Thursday. Michael Dennis Smith, who was driving the trailer on Interstate 20, told KLTV 7 TV, an ABC affiliate in East Texas, that he and a passenger did not suffer any injuries from the event. Smith was hauling two NASCAR stock cars in preparation for the racing weekend at Texas. Officers responded to the scene, closing down traffic on the westbound side of the highway, according to KLTV 7. Michael Annett is scheduled to race the No. 46 Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM). HScott Motorsports ensured fans, via Twitter, that this would not affect the team's on-track plans. The No. 46 hauler caught fire today on way to TMS. Happy to report everyone is safe. Expect 46 to race #AAATX500 ! pic.twitter.com/gUpLQQr3sE — HScott Motorsports (@TeamHSM51) November 5, 2015 UPDATE: On Friday, the 46 team went to work transforming Justin Allgaier 's backup car into Annett's ride for Texas. . @MichaelAnnett is getting comfortable in his new ride. Lots of work to do this morning. pic.twitter.com/JxEWudEPIo — HSM Team 46 (@TeamHSM46) November 6, 2015 Annett also took to Twitter over the weekend to take his team, Allgaier and BK Racing for their help. Want to say a special thank you to all the @Team_HSM guys for all of their hard work. #TeamMA — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) November 7, 2015 Need to thank @J_Allgaier and the guys from @BKRacing_2383 for helping out as well. #TeamMA pic.twitter.com/cydOSTkQQd — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) November 7, 2015 I can't thank everybody in the @NASCAR garage enough especially the whole @Team_HSM organization. The guys and girls have worked so hard — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) November 8, 2015 It's now time to go out today and get a finish they deserve for all this hard work. Thanks again everybody for all the well wishes! — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) November 8, 2015
NASCAR.com's Matthew Dillner takes you through the garage at Texas Motor Speedway and catches up with Michael Annett to get an update on his situation after his hauler caught fire on the way to Texas forcing him to race his teammate’s backup car.
XFINITY Series regular gives up seat in No. 33 Sprint Cup car Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live HAMPTON, Ga.—It's nice to have friends in the garage. Just ask Michael Annett . One of 13 drivers whose cars failed to get through NASCAR technical inspection before Friday's qualifying session, Annett would have been heading home from Atlanta had it not been for his good friend Brian Scott and Mike Hillman Sr., team manager of the No. 33 Chevrolet owned by Joe Falk. Scott had qualified 32nd for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 but agreed to give up his seat in favor of Annett , whose regular crew chief, Jay Guy, will call the race. NASCAR approved the driver change. "It's a big deal," Annett said before Saturday's first practice. "I can't thank Mike Hillman and Brian Scott enough. We'd rather be in the (No.) 46 HScott Motorsport car, but we're running full-time and we need as many driver's points as we can get. "Unfortunately, we won't get any owner's points for this, but being with a new crew chief, with Jay Guy, it's another hour-and-half of practice and another 500 miles (on Sunday) to work together. "So looking back, we could have either gone home and watched this race or be able to work together so when we go to Las Vegas we're even stronger. I can't thank these guys enough for giving us this opportunity." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 46 team for HScott Motorsports has new look Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live HScott Motorsports announced on Friday that Jay Guy is the new crew chief for Michael Annett , driver of the No. 46 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "I'm looking forward to working with Michael ," Guy said in a release provided by the team. "I see a lot of potential in him as a young Sprint Cup driver and I think our personalities will jell really well. With the resources Harry has provided for us here at HScott Motorsports, I expect our team to have solid finishes this season." Most recently Guy was a crew chief for Front Row Motorsports in 2014, where he was on the box for 30 races for David Ragan and six races for David Gilliland. He was with Ragan in 2013 when he brought the organization its first and only Sprint Cup Series win in the 2013 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Guy has been a crew chief for 252 Sprint Cup races over a nine-year span and has compiled one win, three top-fives, seven top-10s and two Coors Light Pole Awards. Besides Ragan and Gilliland, Guy has been a crew chief for 10 other drivers, most notably for Brad Keselowski during his first full-time Cup season in 2010. During six seasons (spanning 1998-2006) in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Guy compiled eight top-fives and 24 top-10s in 123 races as a crew chief. Among his eight drivers were Hermie Sadler (four races in 1998) and Jon Wood (2005-06, 56 races). HScott Motorsports added Michael Annett's Sprint Cup Series team after fielding its first full-time Cup entry with Justin Allgaier last season. "Jay did a great job helping build a foundation at his previous team," Annett said in a team release. "We're building a new team here at HScott Motorsports and his experience in the process should be a huge help. I look forward to getting on the track at Daytona and forging a relationship with him." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Michael Annett's road to NASCAR is unlike most in the Sprint Cup Series garage. From the ice rink to the race track, Annett has overcome to reach NASCAR's highest level.
The teams of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch head into this weekend's season-ending, championship-determining race with three warnings each, which could be an issue should either have trouble getting through inspection prior to Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing team and Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing squad are two of the four teams in the Championship Round, which is the final round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Also in contention for the 2015 title are Jeff Gordon ( Hendrick Motorsports ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ). Teams lose their opportunity in the pit selection process following qualifying if they receive a fourth warning during inspection. Failing to clear one of the inspection checkpoints, such as the Laser Inspection Station, typically results in a warning being issued. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Harvick, said he isn't concerned about a potential penalty arising at Homestead this weekend. "We've been at three (warnings) for a long time now," Childers said during a teleconference on Wednesday, "and we haven't had any issues at all. You've just got to be a little bit careful going through for qualifying and that type of thing. But honestly, the past month it hasn't even been an issue at all." Earlier this season, teams complained that the LIS platform, which measures specific points underneath the car, wasn't consistent. Childers said that hasn't been the case of late. "NASCAR is doing a really good job with that thing and changed a few lasers out on it," he said. "(Last week) at Phoenix it was really consistent. You've just got to do the best job you can and play it a little bit conservative on some things and get through qualifying and get your pit selection done." Adam Stevens, crew chief for Busch, agreed with Childers, noting that his team will "make a couple extra trips across the platform before practice starts to make sure we know exactly where our stuff is. "If there's anything that's marginal or a number we're chasing, we'll make sure that we're on the short side of it rather than taking a chance of having to go around (again)." The No. 18 team picked up its third warning last weekend when it required more than two trips through the LIS during pre-race inspection. Other Sprint Cup teams receiving warnings for inspection issues at Phoenix were the No. 16 of Roush Fenway Racing ( Greg Biffle ), the No. 20 of Joe Gibbs Racing ( Erik Jones , driving Matt Kenseth 's car), the No. 10 of Stewart-Haas Racing ( Danica Patrick ), the No. 27 of Richard Childress Racing ( Paul Menard ) and the No. 46 of HScott Motorsports ( Michael Annett ). The 20, 46, and 10 teams will also be docked 15 minutes of practice time Friday for failing to arrive in the inspection line on time. Non-Chase teams heading into this weekend's event with three warnings are the teams of Alex Bowman ( Tommy Baldwin Racing ), Denny Hamlin (JGR) and Jeb Burton ( BK Racing ), although none of those occurred last week. When it's time to go Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) was penalized last week at Phoenix for beating the leader to the start/finish line at the start of the race, the first time this season the infraction had been called in the Sprint Cup Series. RELATED: Watch video of the incident The NASCAR Rule Book allows a driver other than the leader to cross the line first only during a restart, not the initial green-flag start of a race. Busch, who started the race alongside pole winner Jimmie Johnson , had to serve a pass-through penalty. Although he was able to remain on the lead lap, he fell from the front of the pack to 43rd. While able to rally to a seventh-place finish, Busch was one of four drivers eliminated from Chase contention at PIR. Brad Keselowski was penalized earlier this season at New Hampshire when he jumped a Lap 242 restart, beating the race leader (control car) out of the restart zone. Although he did not beat the leader, Greg Biffle , to the start/finish line, NASCAR officials judged that he accelerated through the defined restart zone ahead of Biffle. Earlier this year, NASCAR added a camera and additional official in the restart zone area to better police restarts. Three other drivers -- AJ Allmendinger , Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise -- have been penalized for passing on a start/restart. Drivers are not allowed to change lanes or pass other cars until ther have crossed the start/finish line. Homestead Test shortened NASCAR officials have announced that the Goodyear tire test, originally slated for Dec. 14-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway , has been shortened to a single-day test on Dec. 14. Organizations scheduled to participate in the test are Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet), Richard Petty Motorsports (Ford) and Furniture Row Racing (Toyota). It will be Furniture Row Racing 's first on-track outing under the Toyota banner. The No. 78 team, with driver Martin Truex, currently fields Chevrolet entries. Tuesday, Dec. 15 is a scheduled rain date in case of inclement weather.
Joey Logano and Michael Annett go for a spin to bring out the 9th caution of the day at Martinsville Speedway on Lap 218.
Teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier both hit the wall in a span of ten laps at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kasey Kahne is assessed a speeding on pit road penalty when he has to speed up to avoid a spinning Michael Annett .
Annett will drive No. 7 car for Tommy Baldwin Racing