Carlson Dominates "84 Whas 150" At Kentucky
Scott Carlson was fastest in NASCAR Hills Bros All Pro Series practice on Friday at Kentucky Speedway. Later that day, he won his first Bud Pole Award of the year by breaking the track record by more than one mile per hour.
Saturday, Carlton's speed continued as he led all but four of the 100 laps during the NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series "84 WHAS 150" at Kentucky Speedway en route to his first win of 2002. It was just his third start of the year in the No. 57 Advance Construction Services Chevrolet.
"(The keys to success are) a lot of horsepower, a good chassis and good aerodynamics," Carlton said. "But if you don't have a good motor, you don't have a chance. Today we had awesome horsepower."
Carlson dominated the race from the drop of the green flag. He lost the lead on a yellow-flag stop on Lap 21. Three laps later, after electing to only add fuel on the stop, Carlson roared back to the lead before the field was in Turn One on the restart.
Second-place finisher and Cincinnati-native Jeff Fultz, a two-time winner at Kentucky Speedway, tried to catch Carlson on a restart on Lap 89.
"After you build a big lead, you don't want to see those restarts," Carlson said. "There's always something that can happen. But I was able to keep a good cushion most of the race."
There was no trouble for Carlson on this restart, as he pulled away and won easily by a margin of 4.782 seconds.
"I don't think any of us had anything for the 57. I guess he had something figured out," Fultz said.
With his second place finish, and the 18th-place finish of Charlie Bradberry, Fultz (No. 54 C&C Boilers/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet) moved past Bradberry (No. 78 Bradberry Racing Chevrolet) for the series point lead. It was Fultz's second consecutive second-place finish of the season at Kentucky.
"We've never been out of the top five in points since 1997," Fultz said. "This team is due a championship."
Toby Porter (No. 80 Baird Transport/Mac's Auto Glass Chevrolet) placed third, followed by David Reutimann (No. 00 Penzoil Chevrolet) and Ray Skillman (No. 71 Dupont/Kendall Oil Ford).
Racing action continues later today at Kentucky Speedway with Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series and Indy Racing League MBNA Pole Qualifying for Sunday's "Belterra Casino Indy 300."
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 five 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 Tickets.com retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati
area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
- In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.