Hobgood Sets New Series Kentucky Qualifying Record
NASCAR Goody's Dash Series driver Justin Hobgood (No. 65 Germain Motorsports Pontiac) set a new series track qualifying record to win the pole for "The Kentucky 150" tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Kentucky Speedway.
Hobgood's fastest lap of 151.920 mph (35.545 seconds) shattered Robert Huffman's previous best mark of 149.435 mph (36.136 seconds) by 1.485 mph. Huffman set the record in 2001.
Hobgood entered the week embroiled in a three-way battle for top series honors with his older brother Jake Hobgood (No. 64 Germain Toyota), the defending Kentucky Speedway champion, and Huffman (No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota), who won the inaugural series race at Kentucky in 2001. Huffman leads Jake Hobgood by 64 points and Justin Hobgood by 68 points.
Justin Hobgood said his crew will feel out adjustments during the series' final practice later this afternoon and plans to race his competition hard in "The Kentucky 150."
"The rubber the (NASCAR Craftsman) trucks will leave on the track (in their practice prior to the race) can change the surface. It makes the car more free," Justin Hobgood said. "I'm keeping my eye out for the No. 14 car ( of Chuck Gafrarar) and Huffman. They're going to be tough. Another thing we have in mind is the Toyotas. They tend to have better fuel mileage. I'm looking to get Happy Hour out of the way and get to racin'."
Gafrarar (150.522 mph / 35.686 seconds) qualified second and Huffman (149.946 mph / 36.013 seconds) rounded out the top-three.
Tickets for tonight's 700 WLW AM Pole Night featuring "The Kentucky 150" and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying for tomorrow's "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" are on sale at the speedway main entrance.
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