Eddie Mercer claimed the Bud Pole Award for Friday night's NASCAR Hills Bros All Pro Series Kentucky 150 Presented by The Lexington Herald- Leader at Kentucky Speedway.

Mercer (No. 27 Everwood/Phoenix/Quality Body Shop Chevrolet) claimed the pole with a lap in 34.707 seconds (155.588 mph). It's the second fastest pole in the three-race series history at Kentucky Speedway. It is the second consecutive pole of the season for Mercer, who enters the race 29th in the point standings.

"The car was pretty good. We gotta tighten it up to race. We can't run that loose," Mercer said. "We're not having luck this year. We've started three races this year, and haven't finished any of them. Maybe it comes in threes. I hope (the back luck) is gone."

Stanley Smith (No. 10 Express Oil Change/Smith Drywall Chevrolet) will start on the outside of Row One after a qualifying time of 34.773 seconds (155.293 mph). Cincinnati-native Jeff Fultz (No. 54 C&C Boilers/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet), winner of both All Pro Series races at Kentucky Speedway in 2001, qualified third. Scott Carlson (No. 57 Advance Construction/Hamner Engines Pontiac) will start fourth and Ray Skillman (No. 71 Dupont/Kendall Oil Ford) starts fifth.

The NASCAR Busch Series "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" weekend begins today with Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night featuring Busch Series qualifying and final practice. Both will be followed by the NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series "Kentucky 150 " event at 9:00 p.m.

The NASCAR Busch Series takes center stage for "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" on June 15 at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at noon and the multitude of pre-race festivities will include a concert by pop/rock band Dishwalla and a 90th Birthday Celebration for presenting sponsor Oreo®.

Tickets for this evening's events are available at 1-888-652-RACE (7223) and the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 300, until 6:00 p.m. today, and at the speedway ticket office at Gate 16 until race time.

Tickets for June 15 are available at www.kentuckyspeedway.com until midnight, at Tickets.com outlets located in Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores until 8:00 p.m. and at the speedway ticket office at Gate 16 until race time.