The NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series opened the action for Kentucky Speedway's fourth and final race weekend of the 2002 season with a two-hour practice session on Friday, August 9.

Scott Carlson owned the fastest lap of the session at 155.563 mph (34.713 seconds) in his No. 57 Advance Construction Services Chevrolet. His lap speed was just hundredths off of Eddie Mercer's June pole speed of 155.588 mph (34.707 seconds) at Kentucky Speedway.

"We were the first ones out, so we managed to stay on top the board all two hours of practice," Carlson said. "We'll see how qualifying goes, if we qualify somewhere in the top five it will make us happy. Hopefully we can win this thing. The track is great, this is my favorite place to come. Beautiful weather, fastest in practice, we can't ask for anything more than a good qualifying run."

Also at the front of the 39-car pack were Stanley Smith (No. 49 Express Oil Change/Smith Drywall Chevrolet), third in the June series race at Kentucky, owned the second fastest lap of the session at 155.383 mph (34.753 seconds) and series points leader Charlie Bradberry (No. 78 Bradberry Racing Chevrolet), fourth at Kentucky in June, was third the third fastest of the session with a best lap of 155.079 mph (34.821 seconds).

Mercer was forced to withdraw when the engine of his No. 27 Everwood/Phoenix/Fla. Auto Auction Chevrolet gave way after an accident during the session.

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 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