Coleman Handles Pressure Well at Daytona 19 year-old Perseveres in First Run at Famed Speedway to Finish 26th (Daytona Beach, FL) Feb. 17, 2008 - Speedweeks at Daytona means one thing for a driver and his team - pressure. Despite the stress and...
Coleman Handles Pressure Well at Daytona
19 year-old Perseveres in First Run at Famed Speedway to Finish 26th
(Daytona Beach, FL) Feb. 17, 2008 - Speedweeks at Daytona means one thing for a driver and his team - pressure. Despite the stress and demands of his first race at the superspeedway, Brad Coleman kept his cool and brought home the No. 27 Kroger / Cottonelle Ford Fusion to a 26th place finish in the Camping World 300 by Chevrolet.
An early mistake in the pits during a green flag stop hurt Coleman and put his team a lap down early in the race. Coleman remained consistent throughout the day and narrowly missed gaining the lap back when a caution flew right at 10 laps to go. He was in the necessary position to receive the Lucky Dog award but the free pass is not given once the race reaches below 10 laps and he was never able to challenge the leaders.
Finishing in 26th place isn't where Coleman wanted to be in his first race of the season, but he was able to prove to the series veterans that he is highly capable on the track.
"After that pit stop, I knew that we were going to have a tough time battling back," said Coleman. "But (Shawn) Parker, my crew chief, really kept me going. He didn't give up faith in me and was able to keep me confident. I knew we had it in us to bring this car home with a solid finish and I am already looking forward to next week in California."
A tight car all day long, Coleman did what he could to keep the car out of trouble and fight his way back into contention, but ultimately it was the pit problem that set the team back.
"We had that early mistake with the pit stop," said Parker. "That did hurt us, but Brad was able to hang in there and keep his cool. I'm proud of how he handled the entire situation. Our pit crew was solid all day and able to keep the car in contention. We've got 34 more races to go out there and prove ourselves."
Coleman was in agreement and ready to head to California for the second race of the season. Coleman and the No. 27 team will be in action on Saturday in the Stater Brothers 300 at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.