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Brad Coleman has signed to run a full season w/Brewco Motorsports in 08'...
Coleman Signs Full Nationwide Series Ride for 2008
19 Year-Old Set to Run Kleenex Car for Championship at Brewco Motorsports

Charlotte, NC (October 17, 2007) – After a successful rookie season in the NASCAR Busch Series, teenage driving sensation Brad Coleman has decided to leave Joe Gibbs Racing to pilot a full-time ride in the No. 27 Kleenex Ford Fusion with the new owners of Brewco Motorsports.


In only 15 races to date for JGR in 2007, Coleman has posted three Top 5’s, five Top 10’s, seven Top 15’s, and nine Top 20’s, winning the Pole at Talladega and posting the highest finishing average of any non-Cup experienced driver in the series. Extraordinary statistics considering he was the youngest driver in the series for most of the season, seeing many of the race tracks for the very first time, and competing against a host of Nextel Cup drivers.

Brewco Motorsports’ new owner and CEO Gary Baker feels fortunate to have Coleman on his roster.

“We believe Brad is one of the hottest young prospects on the circuit and when we found out he was not going to be in a full ride at Gibbs, we made a run for him,” stated Baker. “He is an impressive young man with a bright future ahead of him and is the kind of guy we want to build our organization around. He is not only talented on the track, but off the track as well and will add significant value to our sponsors. We think he can contend for the Nationwide Championship next year and the guys on the team are already excited about 2008.”

In the move, Coleman will reunite with his former Crew Chief, Shawn Parker. Running Brewco’s development program in 2006, Parker guided Coleman to a successful ARCA debut, posting eight Top 5’s in just nine races and garnering a win at Kentucky in a double green-white-checker restart against nine time series champion Frank Kimmel. He knows his young driver is destined for a successful career in NASCAR and is enthusiastic about the 2008 outlook for Brewco.

“Brad is one of the most naturally gifted talents I have ever worked with, and I have worked with some good ones,” said Parker, who has worked with Mark Martin and Dale Jarrett and served on the original Rainbow Warriors crew with Jeff Gordon. “He proved at Gibbs this year that he knows how to run up front without overdriving the equipment and he has a remarkable sense of track awareness. Brad is a future Sprint Cup star and I am looking forward to winning the Nationwide Championship with him for Brewco.”

Coleman is equally optimistic in his assessment for 2008.

“I came to Brewco to drive full-time and win the Nationwide Championship,” stated Coleman. “The new owners of Brewco have promised to do whatever it takes to put this team back into championship contention and I can guarantee you I will do my part to lead that effort. Besides, I think it will be fun putting an independent team at the top of the charts.”

When asked about leaving Joe Gibbs Racing, Coleman talked about wanting to run a full season for a championship and paid tribute to the people at JGR.

“When I signed with them last year in New York City I said it was a blessing and I still feel the same way a year later,” stated Coleman. “It looked like things were shaping up for a full-time run for the championship with JGR in 2008, but after the Gibbs Cup drivers had filled the sponsored Nationwide seats there was no room left for a full season. It would have been difficult for me to run another partial season in 2008 because I want to be in the race car every weekend and I am thankful for Brewco and Kleenex providing me that opportunity.”

“As for leaving my teammates, it is hard when you feel like you are leaving family,” Coleman continued. “The people in the Gibbs organization are the best and I will miss them very much. I also want to publicly thank my Crew Chief, Jason Ratcliff, and all the guys that run the No. 18 Carino’s Italian Grill Chevrolet for me. They always give it everything they have on and off the track to build a very successful program.”

Looking forward, the native Texan added, “I know a lot of the guys at Brewco and am confident we will have great teamwork and relationships as well, and I am really impressed with the new ownership team. Mr. Baker and his guys are excited about the future and I am looking forward to being part of it.”

Coleman will now drive a car full-time that has been shared throughout the past two seasons by accomplished Nextel Cup drivers Greg Biffle, Robbie Gordon, Jamie McMurray and Ward Burton. The new owners’ strategy will shift from weekly driver change to one driver, lending their sponsor partners the opportunity to build consistency with their brands and the team a chance to run for the championship.

Kimberly-Clark Corporations’ (NYSE: KMB) National Customer Marketing Manager, Jean Maurice Boyer, is looking forward to having Coleman represent their well-trusted brands.

“Brad will be a great representative of all our brands and we are pleased to have him drive our car as we extend our sponsorship of the Brewco Motorsports team. We are already putting together some very innovative brand promotions for Kleenex, Scott, Viva, Cottonelle, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Depend and others for what we believe will be a fantastic 2008 season.”

Associate sponsors have been secured for the 2008 effort and will be announced in coming weeks. Coleman still has two races to run for Joe Gibbs Racing, one at Memphis on October 27 and the final at Phoenix on November 10. Plans are underway to try and run Coleman in additional races this season under the Brewco banner and will be announced soon.

I sure hope this isn't the kiss of death for this kid. He has been really strong, but a big part of his sucess has been the equipment that he was in from JGR. Brewco has at best second class equipment now a days. Maybe w/the new owner it will make a difference. I sure hope so, cause I really like this kid!
 

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I like hearing the news that Brad will be running a full time schedule for next year. Don't know about Brewco? They sure haven't been setting the tracks on fire or anything but I do feel that if Brad can run good clean races and not go out trying to win all the races but rather get good consecutive top finishes for them then in the end it is very possible for him to reach that goal. I'll be pulling for him! The last young driver I felt this away about truly was Jeff Gordon. He's always been there when it counted, I fell like Brad could easily be the new up and coming superstar of the sport.
 

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Strange news. But probably a good move. With Joey Logano waiting, Brad Coleman surely would've been tossed aside. Looks like the #20 Busch car for Gibbs will be shared by Hamlin, Stewart and Kyle Busch while the #18 will have a variety of drivers as well. So Coleman wouldn't be racing every week. On the downside, Brewco is FAR from competitive equipment. Even Greg Biffle can't do much with it anymore. But, the team was partially (or more) bought this year and maybe they can breathe new life into the team and make them more competitive. Best of luck to him. He's fun to watch.
 

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Personally, I think he is just as good as Laganno. There is another guy in Hooters that deserves a ride if they are gonna go by how Laganno ran there. That is Benny Gordon. It is funny how some guys run consistanly well and can't get a sniff, and other guys run well one time and get a good ride. A prime example of that is the guy who is running for RYR this year. His name escapes me at the moment. He won one Busch race last year, and boom he gets a Cup ride. He has done OK this year, and the equipment has been so so, but it still strikes me as odd. Know what I mean?
 

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Gilliland. Yeah, that was a mistake for RYR. One race and he gets a Cup ride. To be fair, Yates took a gamble and it just isn't paying off (at least yet, but I think he'll end up the way of David Stremme after next year [or after this year if no sponsor is found]). He's appears to be one of the nicest drivers and he's a guy that's greatful for every minute he's in that Cup garage. But nice doesn't keep you in the car.

I think Coleman is good. Probably on par with Almirola. But no way is he the talent of Logano. It's hard to say yet seeing as Logano has never made a Busch start. But I've seen him wheel a Busch East car like no one else before. He won the Busch East championship as a rookie and by a decent margin. And the Busch East Series is no pushover. Lots of talent there.
 

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Yeah, like I said, he ran real well in Hooters also, but so did Benny Gordon, and he can't even get a sniff.
It's good to see Tim McReadie getting a shot w/RCR. I am afraid that he will fall aside like Coleman. Too many guys and not enough seats. I am really impressed w/Coleman. I am really hoping that the new owners infusion of cash, and the fact he has been committed a full season that he will do well. He's easy on equipment, so w/a little luck he could have a top five points year. I would have like to see Laganno get a shot in JR Motosports car. That would have been a good ride for him.
 

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I think JR Motorsports will really be better with Hendrick support. Are they still doing just one car (88)? Or are JR and Hendrick mergering their Busch programs?

Gibbs has a solid Busch Series program. Logano's not old enough to run a full schedule. I think it's going to be full Busch East and partial Busch (not calling it Nationwide or whatever until next year). Logano's a fast learner and quick to adapt to tracks and making the car go fast. He'll be fun to watch.
 

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Last I knew, it was still seperate, w/Hendrick's assistance. One car full time, and Jr a few in his own and a few in Hendrick's. Tony Eury Sr. has been in the Busch shops almost all year getting the stuff ready for next year and helping w/this years stuff.
 

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As far as I'm concerned, it will always be Winston Cup and Busch series... so there!!
 

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For me, it's the NASCAR Grand National (or NASCAR Modified if you want to go older or even NCSCC back in 1947) and the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division. So there, damnit! lol
 

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taterracing said:
I think JR Motorsports will really be better with Hendrick support. Are they still doing just one car (88)? Or are JR and Hendrick mergering their Busch programs?
Yeah they merged thier programs together, it will be run under the JR Motorsports banner with the 5 with Jr, Johnson, Mark Martin, Casey Mears and Landon Casill taking turns at the wheel, I expect last two to do the bulk of the races.

Meanwhile Keswloski has been offered to drive the 88 next year, just a matter of crossing the t's and dotting the i's.
 
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