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Michael Annett avoids suspension, gets probation for a year

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NASCAR announced Friday that Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will be placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar year. No NASCAR-mandated suspension is forthcoming. 

Rusty Wallace Racing team owner Rusty Wallace also told SceneDaily.com that the team would not suspend Annett either.

Annett was charged with DWI and failing to reduce speed early Sunday morning after a crash in Mooresville, N.C., according to a police report. Annett struck the rear of a vehicle that was stopped at a red light at the corner of Highway 150 and Williamson Road in Mooresville, says the police report obtained from the Mooresville (N.C.) Police Department.

An officer witnessed the crash, and when he approached the vehicles, observed that Annett was "shoving breath mints into his mouth," the report read. Annett was administered a blood-alcohol test, and the report said his blood-alcohol content was 0.32. That is four times higher than the legal limit of 0.08.

NASCAR also said that In addition to the steps already underway by Rusty Wallace Racing, Annett will be evaluated by a certified substance abuse professional at NASCAR's discretion and will be subject to random alcohol and drug testing.

"I'm confident that he doesn't have a problem," Wallace told SceneDaily.com. "I'm confident that we're doing enough things to help him through it. We've put him on a zero-tolerance, no alcohol at all and there's no second chance if something goes wrong.

"For a second time, he won't be in the car, I'll tell you that. But I don't think it will happen. ... I'm not going to sit here and say he's got a problem because if he's got a problem, then a lot of people have a problem."