Smith Scores First Kentucky Speedway Pole
NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series veteran Stanley Smith will start from the pole in his quest for a second consecutive Kentucky Speedway win after turning a fast lap at 155.633 mph (34.697 seconds) in qualifying this afternoon.
Smith led the series' morning practice session in his No. 49 Valvoline Chevrolet and carried his speed into qualifying where he bettered 21 other drivers including series leader Dusty Williams who qualified 11th after closing out practice 14th.
"We had a decent run," Smith said. "We got it back up from practice. We were a little loose during practice so we took some tape off and we were able to get a good run. We're going to go for the 'two-peat' here since we won last September. We'd like to make it a 'three-peat' this September."
Smith enters his third series start of the season 20th in the series standings and has not registered a top-10 finish through two starts this season.
Robert Richardson (No. 33 North Team Pipe / Richardson Racing Chevrolet) qualified second with a 155.566-mph (34.712 seconds) effort, Gary Helton (No. 86 Volunteer Performance Racing Engines Chevrolet) will roll off the grid third following his 155.284 mph (34.775 seconds) qualifying performance, Chris Davidson (No. 41 Royal Purple / Xxtreme Group Chevrolet) will start fourth after generating a quick lap at 155.257 mph (34.781 seconds) and J.R. Norris (No. 5 Neil Bonnett Chevrolet) rounded out the top-five with a quick lap of 154.564 mph (34.937 seconds).
Cincinnati native and three-time Kentucky Speedway winner Jeff Fultz began qualifying with engine trouble but bounced back to qualify his No. 54 IEN/C&C Boilers Chevrolet in the 13th position.
The field will take the green flag for "The Insight Communications 150" at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for tonight's race are available and can be purchased at the main entrance at Gates 15 and 16 at the speedway.
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