Carlson Wins Again From Pole At Kentucky Speedway
For the second time in as many tries at Kentucky Speedway, Scott Carlson won a NASCAR Kodak Southeast Series race from the pole. After winning the 84 WHAS 150 from the pole last August, Carlson repeated the feat by winning Friday's Kentucky 150 from the top starting position.
Carlson (No. 57 Advance Construction Services/Hammer Engine Pontiac) won the race by the second-largest margin of victory in track history at 7.283 seconds over second-place finisher Erik Darnell (No. 7 All Modes Transportation/Appleton R&P Chevrolet), who ran all 100 laps without taking a pit stop.
"We started out a little slow, but got some air pressure built up and started pulling away," Carlson said. "Kentucky's been great to me. I think we'll be back next year to try to make it three in a row."
The win is Carlson's third in 25 career starts on the Kodak Southeast Series In front of 18,866 fans, Carlson put on one of the most dominating performances in the history of Kentucky Speedway in the first caution-free race in the track's four-year history.
Carlson led 89 of the 100 laps, giving him the highest percentage of laps led in a race at Kentucky Speedway. His average speed of 153.262 miles per hour was the highest average speed in the 12 stock car races in Kentucky Speedway history.
Joey Miller (No. 15 Great Clips Chevrolet) finished third in the race. Charlie Bradberry (No. 78 Bradberry Racing Chevrolet) and Ray Skillman (No. 71 Dupont/Kendall Motor Oil Ford) rounded out the top five.
Series points leader Jeff Fultz (No. 54 C&C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet) dropped out after 51 laps due to rear end trouble.
Race action continues on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway with the NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" at 8:00 p.m. Approximately 3,000 tickets remain for the NASCAR Busch Series race. Based on last season's walk-up sales for the event, speedway officials expect a third consecutive standing-room-only crowd. Tickets are available at the speedway ticket office at Gate 16 until race time.
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