Former NCTS Champions Top Final Kentucky Speedway Practice Charts
Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions placed first through fourth on the "Built Ford Tough Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" final practice speed chart tonight at Kentucky Speedway.
Ted Musgrave (No. 9 Team ASE Toyota), the 2005 series title holder, paced the 36-truck practice field with a 175.501-mph (30.769 seconds) lap, three-time champion Jack Sprague (No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota) was second with a 173.667-mph (31.094 seconds) lap, 1995 championship winner and current series points leader Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) was third with a 173.444-mph (31.134 seconds) lap and 2003 title winner Travis Kvapil was fourth-fastest with a 173.416-mph (31.139 seconds) lap.
Each driver in the Top Four is in search of their first Kentucky Speedway win. Sprague has finished second twice and third once through five career series starts at the track and Musgrave is riding a streak of five straight top-10 Kentucky series finishes that includes a fifth-place effort in 2005 and track-best second-place performance in 2003.
Overall, seven former series champions were among the Top 11 in the session. Defending "Built Ford Tough Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., trailed that group after turning his best practice lap at 172.761-mph (31.257 seconds).
Qualifying for the eighth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in track history will take place tomorrow.
Tickets for the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" are still available and can be reserved by phone at 888-652-RACE, online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, through Tickets.com and Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and at the speedway main entrance.
The July 14 race ticket includes a prerace concert with American Idol champ Taylor Hicks. Speedway gates open at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" qualifying begins at 4:00 p.m., Hicks takes the Turn 1 Concert Stage at 6:30 p.m., and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers take the green flag for the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" at 8:00 p.m. The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a race-edition deck of premium playing cards compliments of U.S. Playing Card.
Story by Mike Schmaltz and John Popelar
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