NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran Bobby Hamilton led a group of 18 drivers who bettered the series track qualifying record of 169.641 mph set last year by Roush Racing Ford driver Jon Wood during a morning practice session.

Hamilton turned his fastest lap at 172.772 mph and was followed closely by veteran Ted Musgrave with a fast lap of 171.712. Series points leader Dennis Setzer was third fastest with a lap of 171.679 mph. Defending "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" champion Carl Edwards was 14th in the session with a fast lap of 170.432 mph.

Hamilton enters tonight's "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" trailing Setzer by 61 points. Hamilton has taken wins at Atlanta and Memphis this season and owns a total of seven top-10 finishes.

Hamilton will start tonight's race third after qualifying was rained out yesterday.

"We unloaded real fast and the truck was running real good for us from the beginning," Hamilton's Crew Chief Danny Rowllins "We had a quick meeting to talk about basic set-up and from there we just seemed to run real fast. We were pleased. We even stopped practice early, so I guess it's a good sign that nobody could pass us. I hope we don't change a lot tonight."

The green flag drops for the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the main speedway entrance.

Racing continues at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150."

Frank Kimmel, a three-time Kentucky Speedway winner and current series points leader will start from the pole.

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