JR Motorsports announced Friday morning that they signed a multi-year XFINITY Series contract with Michael Annett and his current Sprint Cup Series sponsor Pilot Flying J that will start at the beginning of the 2017 season.

Annett, who currently drives the No. 46 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will return to the XFINITY Series and take over the No. 5 Chevrolet for JRM.

The addition of a fourth full-time driver now makes the JR Motorsports stable even stronger heading into 2017 with Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, and rookie William Byron already signed on to drive for Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s team.

“What a great opportunity it is to bring Michael and Pilot Flying J on board with JR Motorsports,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “To expand our presence in the NASCAR Xfinity Series truly shows the commitment JRM and our sponsors have made to the series.  By partnering with Pilot Flying J, all the pieces are in place to run four competitive, full-time cars for a championship next year. We’re confident this will make our organization even stronger.”

Additional details on the crew duties and other details will be released closer to the start of the 2017 season.

“I’m excited for this opportunity with JR Motorsports,” said Annett. “Dale Jr. and Kelley have done a great job building this organization. They have put the right people in place and have a championship to their name. I look forward to joining them and competing for wins and a championship next season in the Xfinity Series.”


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