Coleman Wins First Busch Series Pole

Friday, April 27th 2007, 7:20 pm
By: News On 6

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) _ Nineteen-year-old Brad Coleman gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fifth consecutive Busch Series pole at a restrictor-plate track today.

The youngster said the first pole of his NASCAR career, coming on the day his paternal grandfather was buried in College Station, Texas, was a blessing.

Coleman joined Gibbs teammates J-J Yeley (3) and Aric Almirola in winning plate poles in the Number 18 Chevrolet, but Coleman said this 18 is actually a brand new car.

Coleman turned a lap of 184-point-299 miles per hour to beat out veterans Dave Blaney (184-point-062) and Jason Leffler (183-point-935) for the top spot tomorrow in the Aaron's 312 at Talladedega Superspeedway.

It will be the first time in his career he has started a race higher than 14th and Coleman has yet to finish better than 15th.

Winning the pole was exciting for Coleman, who saw a copy of the qualifying times, with his name on top of the list, on a table in the media center and asked -- quote -- ``Can I have this piece of paper?''