Kentucky Speedway opened its fourth season of racing with "Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Night" and an ARCA RE/MAX Series practice session. Forty-five of the 50 cars scheduled to qualify turned laps on the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Three-time Kentucky Speedway champion Frank Kimmel served notice he is ready to defend his May Kentucky title by turning the fastest lap of the session at 166.981 mph (32.339 seconds) in his No. 46 Advance Auto Parts Pork Producers Ford.

Kyle Busch, the 18-year-old brother of NASCAR Winston Cup Series star Kurt Busch, established himself as the top contender to dethrone Kimmel in "The Channel 5-205" after leading the session with a fastest lap of 166.169 mph (32.497 seconds) in the No. 87 Chevrolet.

Busch was the fastest for a majority of the session, but Kimmel hit top speed late in the session when it resumed after a brief rain delay.

"We go out in the end (of the session) and got a hard qualifying lap in," Kimmel said. "We had a great run. We've been driving good all day and searching the track to find out what it wants. I think we found it."

Busch said his car didn't respond well when the session resumed. "We're not that good, I don't think," Busch said. "The car doesn't feel good, it feels like there is moisture."

Rounding out the top five were Matt Hagans in the No. 77 Eagle Creek Aviation-First Wing Management Dodge (163.334 mph, 33.061 seconds), Brent Sherman in the No. 44 Serta Mattress-Hickory Farms Ford (163.196 mph, 33.089 seconds) and Jason Jarrett in the No. 67 Damon RV-Bioment Chevrolet (163.191 mph, 33.090 seconds).

"Channel 5-205" qualifying is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

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