Move to Win Cuts Coleman's Tire in Final Laps; Top 5 Michigan performance thwarted at end of race Charlotte, NC (August 16, 2009) - BigSpot.com driver Brad Coleman had run up front all day, overcome an untimely yellow flag shortly after taking a...
Move to Win Cuts Coleman's Tire in Final Laps; Top 5 Michigan performance thwarted at end of race
Charlotte, NC (August 16, 2009) - BigSpot.com driver Brad Coleman had run up front all day, overcome an untimely yellow flag shortly after taking a green flag pit stop, and moved back into contention in the Top 5 when the final yellow flew. Caught in a tight position off of turn two on the restart, Coleman elected to go for the win and made a move to the outside, glancing slightly off the concrete, just enough to cut the tire and end his day with a 23rd place finish.
"My Crew Chief (Dave Rogers) and I had lunch before my first race this summer and he told me since I am not running for points he would rather be repairing a race car going for the win than one that settled for a Top 10," said Coleman. "I made a move to go around the 12 car on the high side. When he slid up, all the downforce left the nose of my car and I glanced the right side off the wall and cut the front tire. I am definitely frustrated with the outcome, but we were racing for the win."
Coleman once again laid down a stellar qualifying lap, putting the No. 20 BigSpot.com Toyota in the fifth starting spot. From there, Coleman ran in the Top 5 for the first third of the race until the team took a green flag pit stop on lap 42. Unfortunately, the caution flag flew shortly thereafter, sending Coleman and company back to 16th position. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver worked the car diligently back through the traffic into the Top 10 by lap 52 and into position on the last restart to be catching the race leaders with just five laps to go.
"We had a good car, a great effort by the crew, and an exceptional performance by my spotter," noted Coleman. Everyone did their best and I could have settled for the Top 5 or Top 10, but that is not what you do when you only get to run an eight race schedule. Certainly it has caused me to do some things during my first six races I would not normally do during a regular season, but I am blessed to be here and trying to make the most of the opportunity."
Coleman will now head to Bristol and then on to Montreal for the final race of his 2009 Joe Gibbs Racing schedule.