Coleman Captures Top 20 in First Bristol Race Youngest NBS Driver Qualifies on Outside Pole, Finishes 17th Bristol, TN (August 25, 2007) -- At arguably the toughest venue in the NASCAR world, 19 year-old Brad Coleman came to Bristol Motor ...
Coleman Captures Top 20 in First Bristol Race
Youngest NBS Driver Qualifies on Outside Pole, Finishes 17th
Bristol, TN (August 25, 2007) -- At arguably the toughest venue in the NASCAR world, 19 year-old Brad Coleman came to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time and turned in a Top 20 finish in a field of 24 Nextel Cup regulars.
Running in the Top 15 for most of the 250 laps, the Joe Gibbs Racing rookie fought a tight car and pit delay problems to overcome the Thunder Valley odds.
"Everyone tells you stories about their first time at Bristol, and they are usually not very encouraging," stated Coleman. "We were running in the Top 5 for the first quarter of the race and got pinned on the wall and the car was tight from that point on. Jason Ratcliff did a great job of working me through it but it was a battle just to stay in the Top 20. At the end of the day, I'll take a Top 20 in my first Bristol outing and go home with a big smile on my face."
When asked about the pit delays that have plagued the No. 18 Carino's Italian Grill Chevrolet team for the second week in a row, Coleman said "I am a 19 year-old that is learning an awful lot about patience, but it is frustrating to watch the team work so hard to put me on the outside pole and then shoot ourselves in the foot during the race. It has cost us two Top 10's in a row but we are a team and will work it out."
The outside pole earned by Coleman was the second front row start of the season in 14 race outings for the JGR youngster. He won the pole at Talladega and brought home a Top 10 finish in his first Superspeedway outing in the NASCAR Busch Series.
In only 14 races for JGR in 2007, Coleman has posted three Top 5's, five Top 10's and nine Top 20's.
"Now I go in the deepfreeze for a month because my next race is not until late September in Dover," said Coleman when asked about his next race. "I only have three races left on my planned schedule and am hoping J.D. and the team at JGR can find a way to put me in another Busch race or two this year."