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Michael Annett Out Indefinitely, Needs Surgery on Injured Sternum

February 26th, 2013 at 7:56 PM
By Mark Eddinger

It was first thought that Michael Annett, driver of the No. 43 Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, would be fine and able to race at Phoenix this weekend after being released on Sunday from a hospital in Daytona. But that is no longer the case after two doctors in North Carolina have determined that Annett has suffered a fracture and dislocation of his sternum.

Annett is expected to undergo surgery in Charlotte immediately.
 
'6.23.12 Road America NASCAR Nationwide Sargento 200 - 43 Michael Annett' photo (c) 2012, Royal Broil - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 
He was injured in a crash in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. It was not the final lap crash which sent debris into the stands. He triggered a big crash when he got in the back of Elliott Sadler and then Austin Dillon. His No. 43 Ford slammed head-on into the outside wall and after the crash he was complaining of pain in his chest and was taken to Halifax Medical Center for further examination.
 
Annett is now out for an indefinite amount of time until he is cleared to race again after he fully heals from surgery. Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola will drive the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway in the Nationwide Series. RPM will evaluate other options moving forward.
 
It is a big blow to Annett and Richard Petty Motorsports as they expected to compete for the Nationwide Series championship this season.
Tags: aric almirola, Daytona International Speedway, Michael Annett, Motorsports, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Richard Petty Motorsports

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