Owensboro, Ky. native David Keith claimed his first pole of the year, soaring around the Kentucky Speedway at an average speed of 175.26 mph to claim the pole for the Inaugural ARCA Kentucky 150.

Driving the No. 95 Shoney's Inn Ford Taurus, Keith emerged from Saturday afternoon's qualifying session with a 30.811 time on the mile-and-a-half tri-oval to claim the pole. Keith finished almost three miles per hour better than second place Tim Steele, who posted a 31.328 lap at 172.37 mph. Dan Pardus qualified third with a speed of 169.827 mph.

"We struggled in qualifying (this season) from the get-go," Keith said. "I am thrilled to death that we could make this our first pole. If I don't win a pole the rest of the year then I'd still be pretty happy.

"I slipped around a little bit during qualifying, but I think the track is pretty great," Keith added. "I don't know what else I could ask for. I wouldn't know where to make a change if I could. It's that good."

Despite qualifying second for the ARCA Kentucky 150, Steele was disappointed with his crew's performance on Saturday. "I (qualified) in the front row and that's not too bad," Steele said. "We struggled with our race package and come race time, we were junk."

The other activity of the day were practice sessions for the upcoming Indy Racing Northern Light Series Bellterra Resorts Indy 300, which will be held at the Kentucky Speedway on August 27.

A total of six IRL drivers took part in the practice sessions with Commercial Point, Ohio rookie Sarah Fisher emerging with the best time when she posted a 24.712 time during the first practice session for a Kentucky Speedway record 218.52 mph.

"The track was awesome this morning. We are going to put on quite a show when we come back here to race," Fisher said. "This course has a perfect amount of banking."

Sam Hornish recorded the second best time of the afternoon, turning in a 24.90 time in the afternoon session with a speed of 216.83 mph.

Racing continues on Sunday (July 2) with a five-hour IRL open testing session beginning at 10 a.m. The NASCAR/IRL Celebrity Legends Races will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by the ARCA Kentucky 150 at 7:30 p.m. A post-race fireworks show will begin approximately 30 minutes after the race.


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