Brian Smith broke his own track record as he claimed the pole for the third time in three NASCAR Gatorade All Pro Series races at Kentucky Speedway. The North Carolina native hit a speed of 156.109 MPH in qualifying for Saturday's "WHAS 150," eclipsing his own track record of 152.488 MPH that was set in June.

"Hopefully third time's the charm," Smith said. Despite two previous starts from the pole in Kentucky, Smith has never finished better than fourth. "The track seems like it has more grip than last year," Smith said. "It's running smoother and faster than ever before."

Eddie Mercer qualified second with a speed of 154.056 MPH. Jeff Fultz, winner of the Kentucky 150 in June, will start in third after topping out at 153.824 MPH.

The NASCAR Gatordade All-Pro "The WHAS 150" will start at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Indy Racing Nothern Light Series cars will take the track at noon to qualify for the "Belterra Casino Indy 300."

Tonight is the "Jani-King Short Track Triple Header" featuring the Baby Grands, ARCA Trucks and USAC Midgets. Heat races. Qualifying will get underway at 8 p.m.

Sunday the 2001 season at Kentucky Speedway will end with the "Belterra Casino Indy 300" at 1:30 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on ABC.

Tickets are still available for all races this weekend and may be purchased in person at the Speedway's ticket office in Sparta.