NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jason Leffler bettered the three-year series qualifying record at Kentucky Speedway by turning a lap at 168.797 mph during the series' first practice session this afternoon.

"Any time you finish practice with a fast time it's good," Leffler said. "We have a good race truck. We will probably have a whole different set-up between now and race time, but we're happy with what we have right now. We're just looking forward to the start of qualifying."

Leffler's lap speed beats the standing three-year series track qualifying record set by Bryan Reffner at 168.460 mph in the series' inaugural visit to Kentucky in 2000. Leffler won eight pole awards in his first full season in the series in 2002.

Leffler enters "The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" eighth in the series points standings after scoring three consecutive top-10 finishes including a second-place showing at Milwaukee two weeks ago. Leffler took his first win of 2003 in at Dover, Del., earlier in the year and opened the season by winning the pole at Daytona.

Qualifying for "The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" is set for 6:00 p.m., this evening and will be followed by the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 150" at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the main entrance of Kentucky Speedway.

The truck drivers will take to the track for their final practice session following "The Kentucky 150."

~ Kentucky Speedway ~