Chad Blount saved his best for last. The rookie driver who is third in ARCA RE/MAX Series points turned in the fast lap of Friday's "Channel 5 155 Happy Hour" by topping out at 166.415 MPH (32.528 seconds) in the No. 77 Braun Auto Group Dodge.

"This is the race setup, and we went faster than we did in qualifying," Blount said. "The car's driving better. We went back to what we had when we tested here (on April 23)."

Frank Kimmel, winner of both ARCA races at Kentucky Speedway in 2001, was second fastest in Happy Hour, going 165.370 MPH (32.676 seconds) in the No. 46 Advance Auto Parts Pork the Other White Meat Ford.

"If the track can continue to get more grip, the cars are going to run faster," Kimmel said.

Pole-sitter John Metcalf was third-fastest in practice, going 164.499 (32.891 seconds) in the No. 05 RE/MAX International Chevrolet.

A.J. Henrickson, who qualified 11th for the race, was fourth fastest in practice in the Fastenal-Engineered Components Chevrolet. Current ARCA RE/MAX Series points leader Damon Lusk was fifth in the No. 22 Dynatek-One Race America Chevrolet.

Kentucky Speedway opens its 2002 season this evening at 8:00 p.m., with "The Auto Body Panels Short Track Special" which will showcase USAC National Midget Car Series, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and Baby Grand Series racing on the speedway's paved quarter-mile track.

Race action continues Saturday, May 11, at 8:00 p.m., when the ARCA RE/MAX Series takes the green flag for the inaugural "Channel 5-155." Gates open at 3:00 p.m., and the evening will feature a concert by country singer Chely Wright. Tickets are still available for both days of family fun and entertainment. Fans can phone 888-652-RACE or visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com for ticket information.