Sprague Stakes NCTS Claim During Kentucky Speedway Final Practice
Three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague led this evening's final practice session for tomorrow night's "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" with a 174.059-mph (31.024 seconds) lap in his No. 2 American Commercial Lines Chevrolet.
Sprague owns three top-five series finishes at Kentucky Speedway through six career starts, but has not broken into a series top-five at the track since his second-place finish July 10, 2004. The Kevin Harvick, Inc., driver charted an average 20th-place finish in the 2007, 2006 and 2005 Kentucky events. The 2005 NCTS Kentucky Speedway pole award winner will attempt to become the first repeat series pole winner at the track through nine events tomorrow afternoon.
Chad McCumbee was second fastest in the session in his No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet with a 172.106-mph (31.376 seconds) lap. He owns an average 19th-place finish through two career Kentucky Speedway NCTS starts and placed 20th in the 2007 "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers."
Shelby Howard was third on the practice chart with a 171.854-mph (31.422 seconds) lap in the No. 13 FarmPaint.com Chevrolet while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader Kyle Busch was fourth fastest in the session with a 171.320-mph (31.520 seconds) lap. Busch will attempt to become the first three-series Kentucky Speedway race winner tomorrow night. Matt Crafton, who has finished in the top-10 in four of his career NCTS Kentucky starts, was fifth quickest in the session with a 171.314-mph (31.521 seconds) in the No. 88 Menards/Ideal Door Chevrolet.
Current NCTS championship leader and 2006 "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" winner Ron Hornaday, Jr., ended practice ninth on the speed chart after posting his best lap at 170.412 mph (31.688 seconds). Defending Kentucky NCTS title holder Mike Skinner closed out practice 13th fastest with a top 169.726-mph (31.816 seconds) lap.
The fourth of five 2008 Kentucky Speedway race weekends continues tomorrow when gates open at 2:00 p.m. NCTS "Built Ford Tough Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" qualifying will begin at 3:30 p.m., the Blood Sweat & Tears 40th Anniversary Tour makes its stop on the Turn 1 Concourse at 5:30 p.m., and the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" begins at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the main gate up to race time.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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