TMC at the Track 2019 RECAP
We’re waving the checkered flag on another successful weekend at Iowa Speedway! We had a fantastic turnout for our annual TMC at the Track employee outing. Attendance was the largest we have ever had, with over one thousand TMC employees and their family and friends filling the stands for Des Moines native, Michael Annett’s, home game.
Race day kicked off with a lively pre-race tailgate, and everyone got to enjoy lunch from our very own Chrome Café and Baymont Inn banquet staff. They served up burgers, brats and other tailgate staples next to a shiny Black and Chrome truck.
Michael Annett and his crew chief, Travis Mack, made a special appearance at the TMC tailgate tent to greet the crowd and answer questions alongside Lou Sipolt, host of IowaLive on CW Iowa 23 and track announcer at the Iowa Speedway. Michael rounded out his visit by taking time to sign autographs and take pictures with his biggest fans.
New at the tailgate this year was a raffle run by a few of our Family Assistance Fund (FAF) team members. Raffles prizes were sponsored by our gracious partners, and included Yeti coolers, Cabela’s gift packs, Lucas Oil detailing kits and race memorabilia autographed by JR Motorsports team members, including Dale Jr. himself. All proceeds from the raffle went towards FAF, which was created to provide assistance and support to employees in times of need.
As engines revved and the Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 was ready to begin, fans took their TMC pride to the stands. A sea of charcoal gray t-shirts with the orange and gold TMC logo provided the loudest applause during driver introductions as Michael stepped onto the track.
Michael started the race in 9th and fell to 10th for most of Stage One while trying to switch from the inside lane. Before the end of Stage One, a crash moved Michael back up to 9th in the restart. During Stage 2, Michael moved up to 7th after falling briefly to 11th, and held that spot for the restart of Stage Three.
Michael saw quite a few position changes during this final stage, even encountering a minor spin-out, which he quickly recovered from thanks to his quick thinking pit crew. When it was all said and done, Michael finished the race in 10th. This was his 13th top-10 finish in 19 races this season and eighth in the last 10 events.
TMC’s pride was on full display and wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our amazing employee-owners. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make the day great!