NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series driver Dusty Williams set a new series Kentucky Speedway qualifying record with a quick lap of 158.062 mph (34.166 seconds) in "The Charlie Daniels Band Fall Classic" today.

Williams and his No. 40 Pennzoil / Dixie Excavating Chevrolet will start tonight's "Bluegrass 150" race on the front row with Gary Helton, who qualified his No. 86 Volunteer Performance Racing Engines Chevrolet second with a lap 156.717 mph (34.457 seconds) lap.

"This is the second pole of my career and of this year. It was very unexpected," Williams said. "We picked up about nine-tenths of a second from practice to our pole. The car was real free. We made a few changes after practice and took a stab at it and it sure worked. The changes we made were more of an educated guess but they ended up being the right one."

Williams is currently second in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series standings and trails leader J.R. Norris by 31 points. Norris will start ninth tonight.

Thirty-two drivers representing the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast and Midwest Series will take the green flag for "The Bluegrass 150" at 8:00 p.m.

Long-time speedway fan Rick Repasky of Greensburg, Pa., will be the honorary starter. Repasky entered a Kentucky Speedway fan appreciation honorary starter drawing and his name chosen from 1,000 entrants. He will wave the green flag to start "The Bluegrass 150" and meet Charlie Daniels during prerace ceremonies.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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