Bristol: Brad Coleman race report

Early Race Accidents Snare Coleman Two words define race day at Thunder Valley - rain and wrecks (Bristol, Tenn.) March 15, 2008 - A rain shortened race filled with caution flags was the theme of Saturday's Sharpie Mini 300. Not even five...

Early Race Accidents Snare Coleman
Two words define race day at Thunder Valley - rain and wrecks

(Bristol, Tenn.) March 15, 2008 - A rain shortened race filled with caution flags was the theme of Saturday's Sharpie Mini 300. Not even five laps had passed before the first incident at Thunder Valley arose as a spin out by Bobby Labonte collected several cars. A few laps later, Brad Coleman and the No. 27 COTTONELLE Ford Fusion would get caught up in another accident involving Martin Truex and Kyle Busch.

Starting in 20th position and moving into the number 16 position by the fifth lap, it seemed that Coleman was headed for a solid run. But, his good fortune abruptly took a bad turn when shortly after Truex and Busch tangled, the lapped car of Larry Gunselman lost control. Since Coleman had nowhere to go, he tagged the No. 91 car and damaged the left front of his Baker Curb Racing machine.

After taking the car behind the wall for repairs, Coleman came back on the track 18 laps down. He finished the race in 33rd place, which sends him back to 22nd in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings after two consecutive tough weeks.

"That's racing at Bristol," said Coleman. "I feel bad for the team but there was nothing we could do about it. They did all they could do to get me back out there. I can't say thank you enough to them for not giving up. It was just sheer determination on their part. Now we just have to focus on Nashville, where I know we will have a better result. I just hope it doesn't rain next weekend!"

Coleman and the No. 27 COTTONELLE team head to Baker Curb Racing's hometown of Nashville this week for the Pepsi 300 where last year, he posted a top-20 performance.

-credit: cr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Larry Gunselman , Martin Truex Jr. , Brad Coleman , Kyle Busch