NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett was happy to be back at the track for the first time since suffering a fractured sternum in his nasty crash in the season-opening race at Daytona.
"Honestly, I feel like I could be putting my suit on right now and going over to the car (to) get ready for practice," said Annett, whose projected eight-week recovery puts him on target to return for the next superspeedway event at Talladega on May 4. Annett, who has a checkup scheduled for Monday at Carolina Medical Center, had two plates inserted to help facilitate healing.
The Richard Petty Motorsports driver says it remains a mystery what caused the injury but is thankful for the safety advances that have been made in the cockpit.
"Twelve years ago I wouldn't be able to be standing here," he said. "I was in a carbon fiber seat, six-point harness. Everything did what was supposed to do. My injury is something we haven't seen in the past 12 years, at leas...