Brian Smith Breaks Track Record to Claim Bud Pole Smith Breaks Own Record in Gatorade ALL-PRO Qualifying
Brian Smith's lap in 35.114 seconds won the Bud Pole Award for Friday night's Gatorade ALL-PRO Series, NASCAR Touring, Kentucky 150 Presented by the Lexington Herald Leader.
Smith broke his own track record that had been set last year of 35.991. Smith is the first on the ALL-PRO Series to turn a lap at 152 MPH. He qualified Friday in his No. 20 CRD Engines/Smith Fabrications Pontiac Grand Prix at 152.486 MPH.
"I'm very pleased after being 30th fastest yesterday (during practice)," Smith said. "We're breaking in a new car and that's hard when you come into a place like this. With this restrictor plate configuration it's tough on the car and critical on the gears."
Smith will assume the pole position when the green flag drops on the Kentucky 150 Friday at 9 p.m. as part of Lexington Herald Leader Pole Night. The race will be preceded by qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Outback Steakhouse 300.
Jeff Fultz, a Cincinnati native, qualified second in his No. 54 C&C Boilers Chevrolet Monte Carlo in a time of 35.629 (151.562 MPH). Eddie Mercer (No. 27 Everwood/Phoenix Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo) qualified third with a lap in 35.696 seconds (151.277 MPH).
Saturday, the "Outback Steakhouse 300" will begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 100."
Saturday's race is sold out with the exception of some standing room only seats that were released late Thursday. Tickets for all the action at Kentucky Speedway are available by calling 1-888-652-RACE, online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com, in person at the speedway office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or at major retail outlets of Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play It Again Sports stores.
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