The ARCA RE/MAX Series opened track activity for the third weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway with a two-hour practice session in sultry, steamy weather conditions.

Brent Sherman, who took over second place in the series standings following his fourth-place finish at Berlin, Mich. on July 3, led the session by turning the fastest of his 22 practice laps at 168.877 mph.

"Things are going real well for us right now," said Sherman, who charted his fourth top-five and fifth top-10 finish in his past five series starts last week. "It had been coming together the past few weeks. This is a different car than we ran last time here and it is handling a lot better. The team has made things easy for me. I think that we have a good shot to get to the pole tonight. I don't think that we'll make any changes, even if it rains and cools off."

Series points leader and three-time Kentucky Speedway race winner Frank Kimmel was second fastest in the session with a lap of 168.692 mph. Mark Gibson, who owns three top-five and six top-10 finishes in six career starts at the speedway, rounded out the top three with a fast lap of 168.245 mph.

ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying was cancelled this afternoon due to rain. The "The Kentucky 150" field will be set by current series points standings. Kimmel will start a Kentucky race from the pole for the fifth time.

Tickets for "700 WLW Pole Night" are still available and can be purchased at the main ticket booth between Gates 15 and 16 at the facility for $25. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. The afternoon and evening of racing includes the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" as well as NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" qualifying and "Happy Hour" practice.

~ Kentucky Speedway ~