Atlanta: Brad Coleman race report

Blown Tire Spoils Coleman's Atlanta Debut Incident relegates No.27 Kroger / Cottonelle Ford to 35th place finish (Atlanta, GA.) March 9, 2008 - Brad Coleman went into Atlanta with high hopes of another great track debut finish, but a blown...

Blown Tire Spoils Coleman's Atlanta Debut
Incident relegates No.27 Kroger / Cottonelle Ford to 35th place finish

(Atlanta, GA.) March 9, 2008 - Brad Coleman went into Atlanta with high hopes of another great track debut finish, but a blown tire on lap 96 of the 195 lap event sent Coleman sliding into the turn three wall.

The No. 27 Cottonelle / Kroger Ford Fusion team got the car behind the wall and worked hard and fast to get Coleman back out on the track but lost 20 laps for the repair. The team ended up finishing the race in 35th position and sent Coleman back to 19th in the Nationwide Series points chase.

"This one hurts, but there is nothing you can do about it," said Coleman. "You just have to move on and get everybody fired up for Bristol. It was a tough weekend for the No. 27 Cottonelle / Kroger Ford Fusion with only one practice. With the rain, snow and hard tires, it was a tricky situation, but everyone else on the track had the same deal. My team did all they could to repair the damage and I appreciate their efforts. It is time to get ready for Bristol now. "

Crew Chief Shawn Parker echoed Coleman's sentiments.

"We had a pretty good car out there, but we just had a bit of bad luck," said Parker. "We did our best to get Brad back out there on the track, but it is hard to recover sometimes. We just now have to learn from the race and be prepared for next weekend."

Coleman and the No. 27 Cottonelle team head to Bristol this week where the young driver had a top 20 finish in his Thunder Valley debut last summer.

-credit: cr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Shawn Parker , Brad Coleman