Annett, who has been in and out of the No. 1 car for the past few months while dealing with recurring leg injuries stemming from a stress femur fracture in July, was once again ruled out after it was reported that he had reaggravated his leg and was in substantial pain the morning of the race.
In Annett’s place in the No. 1 tonight will be Berry, who has driven for JR Motorsports in 14 of the 25 Xfinity races this season. Berry picked up his first Xfinity Series win at Martinsville Speedway in April while leading a race-high 95 laps, and he has recorded eight top-10 finishes in his 14 starts for the team this season. In recent weeks, Berry had subbed for Annett in the races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. Berry finished in the top 10 in both races, and he flirted with a win at Michigan before ultimately settling for a fourth-place finish.
Berry will be full-time in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 car in 2022.
The Food City 300 will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by NBC Sports Network.
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