Michael Annett’s hopes for a full Sprint Cup season still alive

Michael Annett failed to qualify for this Sunday's Sprint Cup race in Atlanta, but still found a way to get into the event.

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Michael Annett’s hopes of running a full season of races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came full circle, so to speak, in a dizzying series of events that unfolded on Friday.

Joining HScott Motorsports for the 2015 season, Annett’s year got off to a strong start with a 13th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. However, Annett’s start to the season took a turn for the worse Friday afternoon when he failed to qualify for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

While Annett was one of four cars that failed to qualify, he never had the opportunity to post a lap, as he was one of 13 cars that never cleared NASCAR technical inspection in time to post a lap. It was disheartening for the young driver and his team.

Then, just as suddenly, the second-year driver has found a way to keep his full season hopes alive and race on Sunday afternoon.

Late Friday evening, Annett swapped seats with Brian Scott in the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet.

Scott, a NASCAR XFINITY Series regular for Richard Childress Racing, is not competing for Sprint Cup driver points, making the switch much easier.

Due to the driver swap, Annett and the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet will have to start at the rear of Sunday’s 43-car field.