BUSCH: Texas: Round eight preview

* Texas Native Brad Coleman Has A Week To Remember Coleman Has High Hopes For Big Outcome In Home State Of Texas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 9, 2007) -- If everything is indeed bigger in Texas, then Brad Coleman (No. 18 Carino's Chevrolet)...

* Texas Native Brad Coleman Has A Week To Remember

Coleman Has High Hopes For Big Outcome In Home State Of Texas

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 9, 2007) -- If everything is indeed bigger in Texas, then Brad Coleman (No. 18 Carino's Chevrolet) faces one of the biggest weeks of his young career.

The 19-year-old native of Houston -- a developmental driver with Joe Gibbs Racing -- has quite a bit in store even before he makes his NASCAR Busch Series track debut at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Tuesday morning, he's scheduled to appear on the front lawn of the State Capitol Building as Texas Governor Rick Perry proclaims "Brad Coleman Day" in the state. He will also receive the flag that flies over the capitol that day.

That evening, Coleman's big adventure continues as he throws out the first pitch for the Round Rock Express -- the AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros owned by Major League Baseball legend and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and his son Reid.

Coleman began his NASCAR Busch Series affiliation with Brewco Motorsports as a developmental driver and made his debut last June at Nashville Superspeedway, just one week after graduating from high school.

He joined JGR in the off-season and has made three starts for the team, which also boasts another talented developmental driver in 24-year-old Aric Almirola, who captured the Busch Pole at Daytona International Speedway to open the season. Coleman and Almirola have the added benefit of learning from teammates Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet), who share seat time with both in the NASCAR Busch Series this season.

And Coleman comes home on a high note. He'll be competing in his first back-to-back series races after having posted his career-best finish -- 15th -- last Saturday at Nashville.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Coleman , Denny Hamlin