Coleman Battles to ARCA RE/MAX Series "WLWT-TV Channel 5 150" Win
Eighteen-year-old driver Brad Coleman battled back from two laps down to score his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at Kentucky Speedway tonight for Central City, Ky., based Brewco Motorsports in the "Channel 5-150."
Coleman (No. 62 Federated Auto Parts-Brewco Motorsports Ford) earned the first Kentucky Speedway win for his home-state team by driving away from defending and seven-time series champion Frank Kimmel (No. 46 Pork The Other White Meat Ford) on the final race restart with one lap to go.
"I can't thank my team enough and my family for all the support. This is just a great day," Coleman said. "I don't think my team wanted to be worried about being two laps down. We fought back hard and got the win. It was a lot of fun moving back to the front, I like driving through traffic."
His winning margin of 0.391 of a second is the third closest among 13 series races at the track. Jeremy Clements (No. 3 Hamrick's of Gaffney, S.C./Georgia Boot Chevrolet) placed third, Chuck Weber (No. 24 Cardinal Tool Co. Ford) drove home fourth and Damon Lusk (No. 65 Construct Corps Dodge) completed the top five.
Coleman's machine was the class of the field early. He took his first race lead on Lap 6 when he overtook pole award winner Erin Crocker (No. 98 Hamburger Helper Dodge) in the frontstretch following a restart sparked by the second of a series track record nine caution periods on the night.
He raced off to a multi-second lead with Scott Lagasse, Jr., (No. 4 Dodge Motorsports Dodge) and Crocker in tow. The lead trio dove to the pits on Laps 56-58 allowing Kimmel to take over the lead.
The scheduled stops burned Coleman, Lagasse, Jr., and Crocker as all were caught on pit road on Lap 61 when the No. 74 Johnson Hardware Chevrolet of Josh Krug drew the fourth caution flag of the race when it ran of fuel and became disabled on the pit access road.
Kimmel came to the pits under yellow on Lap 59 for tires and fuel and left with race lead. The race restarted on Lap 68 with 15 cars on the lead lap and Coleman, Lagasse, Jr., and Crocker a lap down. Coleman slipped another lap down following the fifth and sixth caution periods of the night between laps 71 to 76.
He made his way back to the lead lap and powered his way to the front on a caution restart on Lap 88, then passed Weber on the backstretch to take his final race lead on Lap 89.
"On the second to last restart, we were able to pass everyone going into Turn 1. We caught Frank (Kimmel) and it was a celebration from there," Coleman said.
He would survive two more caution restarts on Lap 100 and 110 before securing the win.
"I was nervous about the last restart. Kimmel races you hard, but he's really aggressive. After I got through Turns 1 and 2, I knew we had it. It was torture during the cautions at the end. My nerves came back, but my team helped keep me calm and we persevered." Coleman earned his fifth top-five finish through sixth series starts this season. Kimmel delivered his fifth top-five and sixth top-10 finish of the season. He gained valuable ground on series leader Bobby Gerhart who finished eighth. Kimmel entered the day second in the series standings and 90 points behind the leader.
The official race attendance was 6,812.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series takes center stage at the speedway tomorrow when it contests the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers." The full day of activity begins when gates open at 1:00 p.m., with USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series qualifying heats and a feature races. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying follows at 4:30 p.m., The Charlie Daniels Band will be in concert at 6:00 p.m., on the Turn 1 Concourse music stage and 36 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will take to the 1.5-mile tri-oval at 8:15 p.m., for the weekend's feature event.
Tickets for the race are still available and will be on sale beginning at noon tomorrow at speedway ticket booths.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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