Austin Dillon on pole at Fontana

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.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]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.

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW COATINGS CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner

“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."

Lineup

Pos No. Driver Car Time Speed Behind Gap
1 3 Austin Dillon Dow Coatings Chevrolet 39.982 180.081 0.000 0.000
2 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 40.137 179.386 0.155 0.155
3 10 Aric Almirola Farmer John Ford 40.205 179.082 0.223 0.068
4 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 40.247 178.895 0.265 0.042
5 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern California Ford 40.248 178.891 0.266 0.001
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 40.312 178.607 0.330 0.064
7 6 Ryan Newman Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford 40.334 178.509 0.352 0.022
8 9 Chase Elliott NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet 40.356 178.412 0.374 0.022
9 14 Clint Bowyer Rush Truck Centers/Haas Automation Ford 40.368 178.359 0.386 0.012
10 12 Ryan Blaney PPG Ford 40.378 178.315 0.396 0.010
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 40.380 178.306 0.398 0.002
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford 40.405 178.196 0.423 0.025
13 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford 40.448 178.006 0.466 0.043
14 37 Chris Buescher Kroger Flavor Fill Up Chevrolet 40.491 177.817 0.509 0.043
15 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 40.505 177.756 0.523 0.014
16 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 40.523 177.677 0.541 0.018
17 8 Daniel Hemric # Liberty National Chevrolet 40.545 177.580 0.563 0.022
18 20 Erik Jones Craftsman Toyota 40.590 177.384 0.608 0.045
19 38 David Ragan MDS Trucking Ford 40.613 177.283 0.631 0.023
20 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Ford 40.620 177.253 0.638 0.007
21 1 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 40.644 177.148 0.662 0.024
22 24 William Byron Axalta Chevrolet 40.733 176.761 0.751 0.089
23 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Pet Insurance Chevrolet 41.141 175.008 1.159 0.408
24 95 Matt DiBenedetto Procore Toyota 41.497 173.507 1.515 0.356
25 21 Paul Menard Menards/MOEN Ford 40.534 177.629 0.523 0.016
26 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Flavor Fill Up Chevrolet 40.572 177.462 0.561 0.038
27 19 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops Toyota 40.580 177.427 0.569 0.008
28 43 Bubba Wallace PlanBSales.com Chevrolet 40.666 177.052 0.655 0.086
29 34 Michael McDowell Loves's Travel Stops Ford 40.874 176.151 0.863 0.208
30 32 Corey LaJoie Hartford Gold Group Ford 40.941 175.863 0.930 0.067
31 15 Ross Chastain(i) Southern California Chevy Dealers Chevrolet 41.158 174.936 1.147 0.217
32 36 Matt Tifft # Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford 41.184 174.825 1.173 0.026
33 00 Landon Cassill Manscaped Chevrolet 41.400 173.913 1.389 0.216
34 51 Cody Ware # Jacob Companies Chevrolet 41.745 172.476 1.734 0.345
35 27 * Reed Sorenson RimRyderz Chevrolet 42.442 169.643 2.431 0.697
36 52 BJ McLeod(i) Mtel-One Ford 42.755 168.401 2.744 0.313
37 77 Garrett Smithley(i) Chevrolet 42.806 168.201 2.795 0.051
38 66 * Joey Gase(i) Nevada Donor Network Toyota 43.519 165.445 3.508 0.713

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