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Michael Annett Out at Atlanta Due to Injury; Austin Dillon Fills In

JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett will miss the Credit Karma Money 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday (July 10) due to a leg injury.

Annett missed the Corn Belt 150 at Knoxville Raceway Friday because of the injury and felt hopeful about racing Saturday. Unfortunately, the injury wasn’t in his favor.

Filling in for Annett is Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing. JRM’s Director Of Competition Ryan Pemberton spoke to several drivers about filling in for the injured Annett, including Josh Berry, Jordan Anderson, B.J. McLeod, before ultimately landing on Dillon. 

“I guess I’m glad I came today,” Dillon told the team.

McLeod stated it was “a dream just to be considered” for the seat and it came down to Dillon fitting better in the seat than McLeod did. Annett said he is working with a NASCAR director, which usually indicates he will get a waiver and the playoffs would be unaffected.

Dillon will have to work his way through the pack with the No. 1 Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet due to starting in the rear because of the driver change.

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Caleb Gilliland

How did he injure his leg

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