In a record lap of 176.384 miles per hour, Stacy Compton (No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet) won his first career NASCAR Busch Series Bud Pole Award in claiming the top starting position for " The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" at Kentucky Speedway.

Compton turned his lap in 30.615 seconds, surpassing the record of 30.887 seconds (174.381 MPH) that was set by Scott Riggs last year.

"I don't know where that lap came from," Compton said. "It has been since 1997 that this team had a pole, so this is huge. I have had poles in Winston Cup and in many other races, but this one is special."

Bobby Hamilton, Jr., (No. 25 Team Marines Ford) will start outside Compton on the first row after turning a lap at 174.402 miles per hour.

"(Kentucky Speedway has always been one of my favorite tracks," Hamilton said. "On a track like this, grip, speed down-force and horsepower is what you need."

David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) and Ron Hornaday, Jr., will start in the second row.

Riggs (No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford), the current series points leader, will start on the inside of Row 3. Defending race champion Todd Bodine (No. 92 Monster.com Chevrolet) will start on the outside of the seventh row.

Following the qualifying session, the Busch Series drivers will have a "Happy Hour" final practice before Saturday's race. That will be followed by the NASCAR Kodak Southeast Series Kentucky 150 that will start at 9 p.m.

Tickets for tonight's race 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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