Jeff Green Turns Fastest Practice Lap Local Driver Hits Top Speed of 172.955
Jeff Green of Owensboro, Ky., turned in the fastest lap in Thursday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division practice session at Kentucky Speedway. Green hit a top speed of 172.955 MPH while completing a lap in 31.222 seconds in the first practice session for Saturday's "Outback Steakhouse 300," the inaugural Busch Series event at Kentucky Speedway.
Green, who is second in the series points standings, turned the fastest lap of the day on his 14th lap. He completed 48 laps in the No. 10 Nestle NesQuick Ford during the four-hour practice session.
"It would be nice to win in your home state, especially since this is an inaugural event," Green said. "I have a lot of friends and family who will be here on Saturday so it would be very special." Green has two brothers, Mark and David, who are also looking to qualify for the race.
Kevin Harvick, who holds a 75-point lead over Green in the points race, drove his No. 2 ACDelco/Sylvania Chevrolet to the second fastest lap of the day, peaking at 172.927 MPH. Kevin Grubb (No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet) and Greg Biffle (No. 60 Grainger Ford) were the only other drivers to break 172 MPH. Grubb topped out at 172.425 and Biffle, who won the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series "Kroger 225" event at Kentucky Speedway last year, hit 172.046.
Friday night will feature NASCAR Busch Series qualifying on Lexington Herald Leader Pole Night and a 100-mile NASCAR Gatorade ALL-PRO Series event at Kentucky Speedway. On Saturday, the "Outback Steakhouse 300" begins at 8:00 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 100."
Saturday's race is sold out with the exception of some standing room only seats that were released late Thursday. Tickets for all the action at Kentucky Speedway are available by calling 1-888-652-RACE, online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com, in person at the speedway office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or at major retail outlets of Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play It Again Sports stores.