Carlson Sets New NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series Qualifying Record At Kentucky Speedway
Scott Carlson set a new NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series qualifying record and captured the Budweiser Pole Award for tomorrow's "84 WHAS 150 " after turning his fastest lap at 157.274 mph (34.335 seconds) today on Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval. Scott Carlson, who also owned the fastest lap of the series practice session, bettered his practice best by 1.711 mph and driver Brian Smith's previous track record of 156.111 (34.591 seconds) by 1.163 mph. Smith set the former benchmark on August 11, 2001.
Carlson, who finished fifth at Kentucky in June, guided his No. 57 Advance Construction Services Chevrolet to his first pole of 2002 and the third of this career. Carlson has made only two of a possible nine starts on the circuit this season, but has registered top-five finishes in both. The 44-year-old also finished fifth at Nashville Superspeedway on July 19.
The part-time series participant said he's ready to build on his momentum and tame the 38-car field for the "84 WHAS 150."
"We were the fastest in practice and made a few minor adjustments for qualifying," Carlson said. "The Hamner motor was making awesome power, and, along with the qualifying shock package we put on it, we were able to break the track record. We're fortunate to be on the pole for the race and we hope we can hold it tomorrow."
Stanley Smith (No. 49 Express Oil Change/Smith Drywall Chevrolet) qualified second with a lap of 155.557 mph (34.714 seconds), series points leader Charlie Bradberry (No. 78 Bradberry Racing Chevrolet) qualified third with a lap of 154.978 mph (34.844 seconds), Gary Helton (No. 86 Volunteer Perf. Race Engines/Grand American Cars Chevrolet) was fourth with a lap of 154.167 mph (35.027 seconds) and Erik Darnell (No. 07 All Modes Transportation Chevrolet) rounded out the top five with a best lap of 153.396 mph (35.203 mph).
Eddie Mercer, who won from the pole at Kentucky in June, was forced to withdraw from the "84 WHAS 150" after his engine gave way following a crash in this afternoon's practice session. Cincinnatian Jeff Fultz, a two-time winner at Kentucky Speedway last season, qualified 13th after engineering his best lap of 151.371 mph (35.674 seconds) in the No. 54 C&C Boilers/Cleaver Bros. Chevrolet.
Racing action continues tomorrow at Kentucky Speedway on 84 WHAS 150 & Pole Day. Speedway gates open at 10:00 a.m. and the green flag drops for the "84 WHAS 150" NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series race at 2:00 p.m. Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series and Indy Racing League MBNA Pole Qualifying for Sunday's "Belterra Casino Indy 300" follow.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and the first 15,000 fans to enter will receive an IRL bobblehead of either two-time "Belterra Casino Indy 300" champion Buddy Lazier, 2001 IRL Champion Sam Hornish, Jr., or Al Unser, Jr. The Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series leads off the day's action when it contests "The Kentucky 100" at 11:00 a.m. "The Belterra Casino Indy 300" follows at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for all events are still available and can be purchased in six easy ways:
- By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
- On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
- In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky
- At Tickets.com and all Greater Cincinnati Tickets.com retail outlets in Meijer, Hader Hardware, and Play-It-Again Sports stores
- At Greater Cincinnati AAA locations
- In person at Kentucky Speedway's main ticket booth at Gate 16 up to race time