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Michael Annett has signed a deal to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series next season.
Annett, who has spent the last five years in the Nationwide series, will compete in the No. 7 car previously driven by Dave Blaney.
Annett, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, will run his 163rd Nationwide race this weekend in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Annett was fifth in the 2012 standings, but he's just 15th this season after missing three months with a fractured and dislocated sternum.
Tommy Baldwin will stay on as the crew chief for the No. 7 car, which will use engines from Richard Childress Racing.
Baldwin and Annett have worked together in the ARCA and the NASCAR Truck series.
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Michael Annett will join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Annett, 27, has made 162 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series over the past six seasons earning seven finishes inside the top five.
TBR will field the No. 7 Chevrolet for Annett who will compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the Cup Series.
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Homestead, Fla- There will be another rookie in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for 2014.
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will move up to a Sprint Cup ride with Tommy Baldwin Racing next year. Annett has been behind the wheel of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford the past two seasons after stints with Rusty Wallace Racing and Germain Racing.
He’s made 162 Nationwide...
Dave Blaney understood Tommy Baldwin's need to make a move.
So when Michael Annett offered to bring the Pilot Flying J sponsorship to the No. 7 Chevy, it was an offer Baldwin couldn't refuse.
While Blaney understood the addition of Annett would be beneficial to Tommy Baldwin Racing, it came at the expense of his job.
"I really don't know what I'm going to...