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Coleman Packs Impressive Numbers at Unknown Tracks

Driver ready for the unknown as he heads to Atlanta for the first time

Brad Coleman
Brad Coleman
There is a common theme to half of Brad Coleman’s 2008 schedule in the No. 27 Cottonelle Ford Fusion. He’s never seen many of the tracks he will race on this season. The upcoming Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is no exception.

When the green flag drops on Saturday, Coleman will be taking his first spin around the 1.54 mile track, considered one of the fastest in NASCAR. Coming off a solid west coast swing with a 19th place finish in Fontana and a 9th place finish in Las Vegas, he is ready to conquer his newest challenge.

Coleman’s record proves he can drive very well on tracks he has never seen before. In 2007, the NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie posted some impressive inaugural numbers on first time tracks. In his first race at Milwaukee he finished fourth, at Talladega a ninth, at Montreal an eighth, at Watkins Glen a fifth, a 16th at Texas, a 15th at Michigan and a 17th at Bristol. All were tracks he had never seen before and he was running against a host of Sprint Cup drivers.

“It’s a challenge I’ve learned to handle well,” said Coleman. “You just have to go out there, be smart and find your groove. After a couple laps, you start to get comfortable and realize how things are going to run. I have always had a unique ability to pick up any type of race track quickly. This will already be the second time this season I’ve dealt with it and it won’t be the last. I know I can handle it.”

Former LeMans Champion, Price Cobb, said Coleman has a unique gift for picking up tracks the instant he gets on them the first time.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a 17-turn road course or an oval short track, Brad has always had a natural ability to adapt to a track instantly,” said Cobb. “Our race team called him ‘The Savant’ because he had such a unique gift that we sometimes found it hard to believe.”

So far in 2008, California is the only track Coleman has raced on for the first time, earning a top-20 finish. And, with the No. 27 Cottonelle team behind him, he’s planning to continue his strong inaugural performance streak in Atlanta.

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