Coleman Top Toyota Driver in NASCAR Nationwide Return Earns outside pole, finishes sixth in first race back CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 7, 2010) - Brad Coleman blew off the dust in style Saturday night in Nashville by landing the outside pole and...
Coleman Top Toyota Driver in NASCAR Nationwide Return
Earns outside pole, finishes sixth in first race back
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 7, 2010) - Brad Coleman blew off the dust in style Saturday night in Nashville by landing the outside pole and finishing sixth in the Federated Auto Parts 300. He was also the top finishing Toyota driver in the race, despite not being in a race car for 9 months.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver said it was a rewarding experience and no matter how good you and your team are, the first race back is always a challenge.
"This was the first time I have raced with the No. 18 team in three years and the very first time I have worked with Randy LaJoie as a spotter," said Coleman. "This sport is all about communication and for me not racing in a while and Randy and I starting for the first time together, I think we did an incredible job. If we all have time to gel on our communications I believe we will be contending to win every time the green flag drops."
Coleman and crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, definitely picked up where they left off when the pair last worked together in 2007, Coleman's Raybestos Rookie season. In 17 races that year, Coleman posted three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
Coleman believes in the ability of his No. 18 SafeWay Driving Center's team.
"Obviously those guys are used to working with the hottest driver in NASCAR and winning championships. I believe I could win the championship for these guys as well if I had the opportunity to run a full season. They are an incredible group of dedicated guys and I think Jason Ratcliff is the best crew chief in the garage," said Coleman.
The team heads off to Kentucky this week, where Coleman and Ratcliff nearly won the race in 2007 and where Coleman won in ARCA the previous year.