Austin Dillon, Daniel Hemric Pace Cup Series Practice at Charlotte

Austin Dillon sporting a gold paint scheme this weekend
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Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric paced Friday’s final practice session for Saturday’s Monster Open and Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dillon was the fastest among the 15 drivers already qualified for Saturday’s main event, posting a top speed of 179.450 mph (30.092 seconds) in the final session of the afternoon.

Dillon – who finished ninth in his all-star debut last year – says he would love to win the All Star race and earn a lifetime entry into the annual event like Ryan Newman has.

“I think the biggest thing is cherishing the moment of being in the All Star Race, because the following year you could be out of it if you don’t get a win," said Dillon. “I’d like to go out there and win the million and lock myself in for life. I think (Ryan) Newman is in a really good spot – he didn’t win a race last year but he won the All Star Race so he’s locked in and doesn’t have to run those (Monster) Open races."

Austin Dillon
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Ryan Blaney was second fastest in the practice session, running 178.560 mph. Clint Bowyer (178.336), Joey Logano (177.954) and Denny Hamlin (177.713) rounded out the top five.

In practice for the Monster Open, Hemric led the 20 drivers who will all be vying for one of three transfer spots into the All Star race. Hemric turned in a lap of 180.234 mph to top Michael McDowell, Matt Tifft, Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon.

The Monster Open, run prior to the All Star Race, will consist of 50 laps broken into three stages of 20-laps, 20 laps and a final 10-lap shootout. The winner of each stage will advance to the all-star field.

The final 19th spot in the all-star field will be filled by a driver voted in by fan vote.


MONSTER ALL STAR PRACTICE

Pos. # Driver Sponsor/Make Time Speed Behind
1 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chevrolet 30.092 179.45 —.—
2 12 Ryan Blaney BodyArmor Ford 30.242 178.56 -0.15
3 14 Clint Bowyer Toco Warranty Ford 30.28 178.336 -0.188
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 30.345 177.954 -0.253
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 30.386 177.713 -0.294
6 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Beer Millenial Car Ford 30.428 177.468 -0.336
7 20 Erik Jones Craftsman Toyota 30.443 177.381 -0.351
8 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 30.457 177.299 -0.365
9 6 Ryan Newman Acorns Ford 30.467 177.241 -0.375
10 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Hazelnut Toyota 30.579 176.592 -0.487
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 30.585 176.557 -0.493
12 19 Martin Truex Jr. BassProShops/TRACKER/USO Toyota 30.585 176.557 -0.493
13 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Ford 30.599 176.476 -0.507
14 1 Kurt Busch GEARWRENCH/Monster Chevrolet 30.694 175.93 -0.602
15 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Brakes Chevrolet 30.723 175.764 -0.6

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MONSTER OPEN PRACTICE

Pos. # Driver Sponsor/Make Time Speed Behind
1 8 Daniel Hemric # Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 29.961 180.234 —.—
2 34 Michael McDowell Dockside Logistics Ford 30.077 179.539 -0.116
3 36 Matt Tifft # Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford 30.168 178.998 -0.207
4 42 Kyle Larson Advent Health Chevrolet 30.31 178.159 -0.349
5 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet 30.39 177.69 -0.429
6 38 David Ragan MDS Transport Ford 30.396 177.655 -0.435
7 24 William Byron Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet 30.435 177.427 -0.474
8 41 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Ford 30.446 177.363 -0.485
9 37 Chris Buescher Kroger Your Personal Pit Stop Chevrolet 30.499 177.055 -0.538
10 32 Corey LaJoie Freedom Hard Ford 30.508 177.003 -0.547
11 21 Paul Menard Menards/Knauf Ford 30.51 176.991 -0.549
12 95 Matt DiBenedetto Anest Iwata Toyota 30.527 176.893 -0.566
13 88 Alex Bowman Axalta Chevrolet 30.567 176.661 -0.606
14 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 30.66 176.125 -0.699
15 43 Bubba Wallace World Wide Technology Chevrolet 30.678 176.022 -0.717
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 30.709 175.844 -0.748
17 0 Landon Cassill(i) Elongator Tailgates Chevrolet 30.829 175.16 -0.868
18 52 Bayley Currey(i) RWR Ford 31.744 170.111 -1.783
19 51 Cody Ware(i) JACOB Companies Chevrolet 32.643 165.426 -2.682
20 46 Joey Gase(i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 32.741 164.931 -2.78


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