Michael Annett gets new crew chief
Michael Annett (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Michael Annett, driver of the No. 46 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will have a new crew chief, beginning with Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to a release from the race team, detailing personnel changes, Mike Hillman Sr. will replace Jay Guy atop the No. 46 pit box.
Guy has been promoted to the role of Technical Director. In that position, he’ll report to Competition Director Steve Addington.
“We are making these moves today in order to strengthen our management team and develop better lines of communications to improve performance,” HScott Motorsports owner Harry Scott Jr. said. “Jay Guys’ promotion adds a layer of management we need between the two teams to better coordinate and communicate. Mike Hillman Sr. brings more than 25 years of experience to the No. 46.”
HScott Motorsports is a two-car operation, as it also fields the No. 15 Chevrolet for driver Clint Bowyer. Bowyer, though, will be leaving the team at season’s end to drive the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet upon the retirement of Tony Stewart.
Hillman has been a crew chief in all three national series of NASCAR — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck. He started his own team, Hillman Racing, in 2012, and that team competed at the Sprint Cup level through the 2015 season. Earlier this season, he was a crew chief at Premium Motorsports.
Nineteen races into the 2016 season, heading into Sunday’s race, Annett is 37th in the points standings. He has yet to post a top-10 finish this year. He has, though, been credited one lap, doing so in the season-opening Daytona 500 in February. The No. 15 team also has struggled. Bowyer has three top-10s, but je’s 26th in points. Through his Sprint Cup career, to this point, Bowyer has never finished a full-time season outside the top-20 in the standings.