Michael Phelps and his No. 45 Bowen Family Homes Dodge emerged from a two-hour Kentucky Speedway practice session atop the ARCA RE/MAX Series speed chart after turning a quick 175.006-mph (30.856 seconds) lap.

The Suwanee, Ga., driver successfully built on an effort that began July 1 when he was fastest in a 20-car Kentucky test session with a 176.010-mph (30.680 seconds) lap.

"The track was a lot like it was a couple of weeks ago. The car is really good; it has a lot of the same feeling in it. We came out here this morning knowing we had a good car. It sticks really well and we ended up busting off some fast times today," Phelps said. Phelps will attempt to make his 10th series start of the season tonight at 8:00 p.m., in the "Kentucky 150." He will enter the race 18th in the series standings after earning his lone top-10 finish of the season with a ninth-place performance at Pocono Raceway June 7.

He plans to improve upon his May 10 38th-place Kentucky showing attributed to a blown engine on Lap 11.

"We have some thing to prove today. We can show we're a powerhouse and we can run with these guys. We had some minor problems here in May, but I think we've got it together now. These guys have been working hard these past few weeks. We have some good cars and we're going to go out and show them what we're made of," Phelps said.

Four-time Kentucky Speedway ARCA RE/MAX Series winner Frank Kimmel was second on the practice chart with a quick 174.109-mph (31.015 seconds) lap in the No. 44 Comfort Systems USA / Ford Drive One Ford; Robb Brent was third on the speed chart after turning a 173.695-mph (31.089 seconds) lap in the No. 00 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chevrolet; Brian Scott was fourth quickest in the session with a 173.633-mph (31.100 seconds) lap in the No. 25 Albertsons Chevrolet and Matt Hawkins was fifth fastest with a 173.544-mph (31.116 seconds) circuit in the No. 39 Jani-King / Racing Radios Dodge.

Qualifying for tonight's "Kentucky 150" commences at 4:30 p.m., when speedway gates open. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice is up next and will be followed by NCTS rookie practice. Fans can view practice from the designated area outside the Turn 3 Fan Center for free.

Tickets for tonight's race will be on sale up until race time at the speedway main entrance.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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