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Austin Dillon on pole at Fontana

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Friday, March 15, 2019


Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon

Austin Dillon will start on the pole for Sunday’s Sunday’s Auto Club 400 after recording the fastest time in Friday’s Busch Pole Qualifying.

Dillon recorded the fastest lap in what became a frantic three round, knockout qualifying session in advance of Sunday’s race. It is Dillon’s second pole at the Fontana, California, track and his fourth career pole.

The qualifying session included a frantic mad dash at the end of every round, as drivers waited to take to the track in drafting groups — and resulted in no driver reaching the start-finish line in time for a third-round qualifying lap.

That means the top positions are set by second-round speeds. Kevin Harvick will start alongside Dillon on the front row at the 2-mile track.

Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano round out the top five in the starting lineup, unofficially.

Every driver except Kurt Busch waited until the final minute of the second round to attempt a qualifying lap. Among those not advancing to the final round were Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones and Kurt Busch.

Chase Elliott brought out the red flag in the first round when he spun while coming out of Turn 2. Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet did not make contact with anything, and he was able to make another qualifying lap — that was the third-best of the round.


“It was good. We had a good car off the trailer. They made some good adjustments going into qualifying. And we kept the speed that we needed. It came down to Round 2 and putting the placement right. Andy Houston (spotter) did a great job. We didn’t panic. And, that ended up putting us in a great position for Round 3. I’m really happy for our guys and everybody back at the shop, who has been working really hard. We’ve been frustrated the last couple of weeks because we’ve had fast cars and not gotten the finishes, so this definitely feels good.”


13Austin DillonDow Coatings Chevrolet39.982180.0810.0000.000
24Kevin HarvickJimmy John's Ford40.137179.3860.1550.155
310Aric AlmirolaFarmer John Ford40.205179.0820.2230.068
418Kyle BuschInterstate Batteries Toyota40.247178.8950.2650.042
522Joey LoganoAAA Southern California Ford40.248178.8910.2660.001
611Denny HamlinFedEx Express Toyota40.312178.6070.3300.064
76Ryan NewmanPerformance Plus Motor Oil Ford40.334178.5090.3520.022
89Chase ElliottNAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet40.356178.4120.3740.022
914Clint BowyerRush Truck Centers/Haas Automation Ford40.368178.3590.3860.012
1012Ryan BlaneyPPG Ford40.378178.3150.3960.010
1148Jimmie JohnsonAlly Chevrolet40.380178.3060.3980.002
1217Ricky Stenhouse JrFastenal Ford40.405178.1960.4230.025
132Brad KeselowskiWurth Ford40.448178.0060.4660.043
1437Chris BuescherKroger Flavor Fill Up Chevrolet40.491177.8170.5090.043
1542Kyle LarsonCredit One Bank Chevrolet40.505177.7560.5230.014
1613Ty DillonGEICO Chevrolet40.523177.6770.5410.018
178Daniel Hemric #Liberty National Chevrolet40.545177.5800.5630.022
1820Erik JonesCraftsman Toyota40.590177.3840.6080.045
1938David RaganMDS Trucking Ford40.613177.2830.6310.023
2041Daniel SuarezHaas Automation Ford40.620177.2530.6380.007
211Kurt BuschMonster Energy Chevrolet40.644177.1480.6620.024
2224William ByronAxalta Chevrolet40.733176.7610.7510.089
2388Alex BowmanNationwide Pet Insurance Chevrolet41.141175.0081.1590.408
2495Matt DiBenedettoProcore Toyota41.497173.5071.5150.356
2521Paul MenardMenards/MOEN Ford40.534177.6290.5230.016
2647Ryan Preece #Kroger Flavor Fill Up Chevrolet40.572177.4620.5610.038
2719Martin Truex JrBass Pro Shops Toyota40.580177.4270.5690.008
2843Bubba Chevrolet40.666177.0520.6550.086
2934Michael McDowellLoves's Travel Stops Ford40.874176.1510.8630.208
3032Corey LaJoieHartford Gold Group Ford40.941175.8630.9300.067
3115Ross Chastain(i)Southern California Chevy Dealers Chevrolet41.158174.9361.1470.217
3236Matt Tifft #Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford41.184174.8251.1730.026
3300Landon CassillManscaped Chevrolet41.400173.9131.3890.216
3451Cody Ware #Jacob Companies Chevrolet41.745172.4761.7340.345
3527* Reed SorensonRimRyderz Chevrolet42.442169.6432.4310.697
3652BJ McLeod(i)Mtel-One Ford42.755168.4012.7440.313
3777Garrett Smithley(i)Chevrolet42.806168.2012.7950.051
3866* Joey Gase(i)Nevada Donor Network Toyota43.519165.4453.5080.713

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