NASCAR Kodak Southeast Series driver Scott Carlson earned his second consecutive series pole at Kentucky Speedway with a fastest qualifying lap of 155.490 mph this afternoon. The win marks the fifth pole award of his career.

He will look for his second consecutive Kentucky win tonight when he leads the 37-car "Kentucky 150" field to the green flag at 9:00 p.m. Carlson survived a minor practice incident that caused damage to the right front of his No. 57 Advance Construction Hamner Engineering Pontiac to take the pole.

He makes his second series start of 2003 tonight after starting 33rd and finishing third in Nashville last Saturday.

"We had a little problem in practice, a collision with the cones, but we got back out there and had the fastest time," Carlson said

In the series' last visit to Kentucky Speedway, Carlson set the series track qualifying record on August 10, 2002 after turning a fastest lap of 157.274 mph. He won that race by 4.782 seconds over two-time Kentucky Speedway series winner Jeff Fultz.

"We are not as fast (this season) because of headwind out on the straight away, but we are fortunate enough to be on the Bud Pole," Carlson said.

He predicted a competitive race later this evening. "Even though we won by a large margin last year, we cannot count out the competition this year. We won't make very many changes (for the race). We may tape up (the grill) a little tighter with it being cooler at night." 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), Tickets.com outlets in Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores and at the speedway ticket office at Gate 16 until race time.

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