JR Motorsports announced Monday that Michael Annett will miss Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race with a stress fracture in his right femur.
Josh Berry, a part-time teammate to Annett this season, will instead pilot JRM’s No. 1 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Annett was replaced in a late-hour driver change on the grid for last Saturday’s Xfinity Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Cup Series regular Austin Dillon filled in and drove the No. 1 Chevy to an 11th-place finish in the Credit Karma Money 250.
JRM officials said that Annett was hampered by a leg injury, which also forced him out of last Friday’s Camping World Truck Series event at Knoxville Raceway. The team stated that a Monday MRI revealed the fracture and that Annett is scheduled for surgery Tuesday.
JRM indicated that doctors said Annett should heal in time for the series’ Aug. 7 race at Watkins Glen International. After the New Hampshire event, the series takes a two-week break for the Summer Olympics before resuming at the New York road course.
Officials for JR Motorsports said that the team had applied for a medical waiver so that Annett may retain his postseason eligibility. A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed Monday afternoon that the waiver had been granted. Despite missing a race, Annett remained 10th in the Xfinity Series standings after Atlanta.
Berry, last year’s national champion in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, has competed in 15 Xfinity Series races this season — 12 for JR Motorsports and three for Jordan Anderson Racing. He scored his first Xfinity Series win in April, driving JRM’s No. 8 Chevrolet to victory at Martinsville Speedway.