NASCAR Craftsman Series driver Bill Lester set a new series qualifying record at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon by turning his best lap in 178.141 mph (30.313 seconds) and will start tonight's "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" from the Bud Pole at 8:15 p.m.

The effort was 1.519 seconds and 8.5 mph faster than previous record of 169.641 mph (31.832 seconds) set by Jon Wood in the No. 50 Ford in 2003.

Lester will start from the pole for the second consecutive week after winning the top position at Kansas Speedway on July 2. It is his third career series pole. He won his first pole award at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2003.

"The truck was great going into this qualifying run," Lester said. "The only thing I could have done to make it go any faster was to hold it to the floor the whole way around. All I did was breathe it just a little bit. I didn't leave anything on the table." Todd Kluever (No. 50 Shell Rotella T Ford) will start second with a quick lap of 177.585 mph (30.408 seconds). David Reutimann (No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota) will roll off the grid third after turning his top lap at 177.521 mph (30.419 seconds) and Jack Sprague rounds out the second row after qualifying with a fast lap of 176.927 mph (30.521 seconds).

Overall, 33 drivers qualified ahead of the previous track record.

~ Kentucky Speedway ~