Cup Deal For Coleman

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Brad Coleman has added a Sprint Cup deal to his recently signed contract with Brewco Motorsports on the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The 19-year-old Texas native has agreed to become a full-time test driver for the team and run at least seven Cup races at the end of the 2008 season; meaning Hall of Fame will add a second car along side the No. 96 piloted by J.J. Yeley.

"I'll be doing seven races and full testing with Hall of Fame Racing, to keep my rookie eligibility for 2009, when we will run the Sprint Cup Series full-time," Coleman said. "I'm still running full-time in the Nationwide Series in the Kleenex Ford. This has been a really good month for me."

Coleman will run his final race with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Busch Series at Phoenix.

Hall of Fame Racing has been scouting Coleman for several months, and liked what they saw in the young Texas.

"We saw a lot of raw talent in Brad, and he has the kind of character we want to build a program around and watch grow," said Tom Garfinkel, team owner and executive vice president of the Arizona Diamondbacks. "He is willing to listen, he's respectful and that's the platform you need for a successful team."

In 16 races to date, Coleman has posted three top-fives, five top-10s, seven top-15s and nine top-20s, winning the pole at Talladega and posting the highest finishing average of any non-Cup experienced driver in the series.

"I'm real excited with joining Hall of Fame Racing," Coleman said. "Tom Garfinkel and the team have a great vision. That's what I want to be doing in my future. I feel I can find a family racing for them."

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