Wood Scores Truck Series Track Record Pole At Kentucky Speedway
Fresh off his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win last weekend in Kansas, Jon Wood set a Kentucky Speedway record in winning the Bud Pole Award for Saturday's Built Ford 225.
Wood (No. 50 Bob Graham for President Ford) turned his record qualifying lap in 31.832 seconds for an average speed of 169.641 mph. Bryan Reffner set the previous benchmark in 2000 with a lap in 32.055 seconds (168.460 mph).
Entering "The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented By The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" seventh in the series standings, Wood has started in the top 10 in each of the last five races. That includes his first career pole on June 21 in Memphis.
"I'm excited about the starting spot but the race is most important," Wood said. "The truck has a great set-up. It's very important to run up front and it's all about strategy, being in the right place at the right time. It's good to see the Roush team back."
Bobby Hamilton (No. 4 Square D Dodge) will start on the outside of Row 1 after posting his fastest lap of 169.513 mph (31.856 mph).
Hamilton' s teammate, Chad Chaffin, took the inside of the second row with a lap of 168.734 mph (32.003 seconds) in the No. 18 Dickies Dodge and Jason Leffler (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Racing Dodge) will start fourth after posting a lap of 168.219 mph (32.101 seconds).
Series points leader Travis Kvapil (QWAP-il) (No. 16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet) qualified 14th for the race with a lap of 165.899 mph (32.550 seconds).
Wood's Roush Racing teammate Carl Edwards was the top qualifying rookie in the field. Edwards officially qualified fifth with a lap of 167.926 mph (32.157 seconds) but will start in the rear of the field tomorrow evening due to an engine change. He enters the week with leading the rookie points standings.
Tickets for tomorrow's "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" are still available and can be purchased at the speedway's main entrance beginning at 2:00 p.m.
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