The NASCAR Kodak Southeast Series opened Kentucky Speedway's June race weekend with a 90-minute practice session beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning. Thirty-seven drivers participated in the session.

Driver Scott Carlson, who won from the pole in the series last appearance at Kentucky Speedway on August 10, 2002, turned the fastest lap of the session at 155.499 mph (34.727 seconds). Carlson set the series track qualifying record last August after turning a fastest lap at 157.2739 mph.

Tonight's "Kentucky 150" will mark Carlson's second series start of the season. He finished third in his first series start of 2003 last Saturday in Lebanon, Tenn. Tonight's race marks the series' fourth of 10 scheduled races this season. Carlson enters tonight's race 34th in the series standings.

"This morning we had an accident with the cones on the straightaway," Carlson said, pointing to the right front of his racecar. "That knocked us out for 15 minutes of practice. The car is running pretty good, we'll put our qualifying setup different gear and so forth. I don't have any points so I'll be starting from the back."

Charlie Bradberry (No. 78 Bradberry Racing Chevrolet) drove the second-fastest lap of the session in 155.311 mph and Ray Skillman (No. 71 Dupont/Kendall Motor Oil Ford) rounded out the top three with a 154.870 mph lap.

Tickets for this evening's event and tomorrow's NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" are available at 1-888-652-RACE (7223) and at the speedway ticket office at Gate 16 until race time.

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