The O'Reilly 300 will be more than another Nationwide Series race for Texan Brad Coleman. The Houston native returns to his home track and to an area where the 20-year-old started his promising racing career. For Coleman, who grew up racing ...
The O'Reilly 300 will be more than another Nationwide Series race for Texan Brad Coleman. The Houston native returns to his home track and to an area where the 20-year-old started his promising racing career.
For Coleman, who grew up racing go-karts in nearby Denton, racing at his home speedway offers a sense of comfort that no other track provides. The support of family and friends in the grandstands during the race is something he is only able to experience when he returns to "The Great American Speedway!"
"It's a lot of fun racing in the great state of Texas," Coleman said. "Our family has a lot of deep Texas roots and there are a lot of people here pulling for me."
Coleman, who ran a partial Nationwide Series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing last year, now has the opportunity to gain valuable track time with a full-season schedule with Baker Curb Racing. He said running selected races last year was more pressure packed than running full-time because the focus was placed on just a few races.
"It's just no fun skipping races," Coleman said. "It's really nice when you can go out there every week and know that you're going to do something. You just don't get bored."
The opportunity to race full-time in the Nationwide Series with Sprint Cup regulars pulling double duty has helped him mature. He said the learning experience he continues to undergo this year will help him develop as a driver.
"You've got to be tough to race against these guys," he said. "You've got to rub them back. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there."
Coleman looks to improve on his 16th-place finish at last year's O'Reilly 300 and chase the ultimate goal of becoming just the second Texan to win at "The Great American Speedway!" He has gone so far as to promise Texas Governor Rick Perry a win at Texas Motor Speedway and now looks to deliver.
The second-year driver said there would be nothing better than visiting Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.
"A win at Texas would mean the world," said Coleman, who is looking to join fellow Texan Terry Labonte with a NASCAR win at TMS. "Any win in NASCAR would be a great step in my career at this point,but a win in Texas would be an accomplishment of one of my very personal goals."