Michael Annett, driver of the No.43 Pilot/Flying J Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is returning to his race car this weekend at Charlotte after being sidelined for the past eight races.
Annett, who drives for Richard Petty Motorsports will start the race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the History 300.
Annett was involved in one of two crashes that occurred during the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway in late February. He dislocated and broke his sternum in the crash.
Reed Sorenson replaced Annett in the car for seven of the eight races, having a best finish of 10th at Richmond International Raceway.
Annett underwent an MRI on Tuesday according to RPM and received medical clearance stating he was healthy enough to return to his race car this weekend.
In a statement Annett released, he said, “It has been a long three months, and I am more than ready to jump back in the car, The accident at Daytona was disappointing for our team, but I’m very grateful for the amount of support I had from the team, NASCAR, family, friends and fans and not to mention the outstanding medical team that helped me through all of this. While it was really hard to be on the sidelines, I realize that it was even more important to heal properly.”