Austin Dillon scores Fontana pole

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Saturday 19th March, 2016 - 12:13pm

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Austin Dillon will start from pole for the second time in his career

Austin Dillon will start from pole for the second time in his career

Austin Dillon left it to the final 15 seconds of qualifying to grab the pole for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana in California.

It was Dillon first pole of the season, and only the second (Daytona 500 2014) in his Sprint Cup career aboard the famous #3 of Richard Childress Racing.

Last week’s winner, Kevin Harvick, led the final round until topped the speed charts with a 303.332km/h (188.482 mph) lap.

“It means everything,” said Dillon.

“I’m not just a Daytona 500 pole sitter now. I’ve got a pole somewhere else.”

Following Dillon and Harvick on Friday were Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards.

Defending race winner Brad Keselowski will start 15th, while California native Jimmie Johnson, who has earned five wins at Fontana, qualified 19th.

 

QUALIFYING: Auto Club 400 – Auto Club Speedway Fontana

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol 188.482 38.200 Leader
2 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s 188.329 38.231 –0.031
3 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips 187.637 38.372 –0.172
4 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 187.276 38.446 –0.246
5 19 Carl Edwards Subway 187.222 38.457 –0.257
6 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s 75 187.212 38.459 –0.259
7 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 186.916 38.520 –0.320
8 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 186.795 38.545 –0.345
9 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern Cal. 186.557 38.594 –0.394
10 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 186.345 38.638 –0.438
11 47 AJ Allmendinger Food 4 Less/Scott Products 185.687 38.775 –0.575
12 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 187.642 38.371 –0.171
13 27 Paul Menard FVP / Menards 187.495 38.401 –0.201
14 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 187.480 38.404 –0.204
15 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth 187.232 38.455 –0.255
16 34 Chris Buescher Love’s Travel Stops 187.154 38.471 –0.271
17 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 187.028 38.497 –0.297
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford Fusion 186.528 38.600 –0.400
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s / Superman 186.297 38.648 –0.448
20 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt 186.268 38.654 –0.454
21 44 Brian Scott Albertsons Co. / White Tail 186.176 38.673 –0.473
22 16 Greg Biffle Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 186.075 38.694 –0.494
23 13 Casey Mears GEICO 185.773 38.757 –0.557
24 14 Brian Vickers Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS 185.581 38.797 –0.597
25 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 186.398 38.627 –0.427
26 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy 186.095 38.690 –0.490
27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide / Batman 186.080 38.693 –0.493
28 7 Regan Smith AIPAC 185.696 38.773 –0.573
29 15 Clint Bowyer Visine 185.639 38.785 –0.585
30 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors 185.486 38.817 –0.617
31 10 Danica Patrick TaxAct 185.099 38.898 –0.698
32 42 Kyle Larson Target 184.990 38.921 –0.721
33 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors 184.611 39.001 –0.801
34 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport 184.186 39.091 –0.891
35 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 183.052 39.333 –1.133
36 98 Cole Whitt Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters Chevy 182.348 39.485 –1.285
37 30 Josh Wise SBC Contractors 181.951 39.571 –1.371
38 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 180.610 39.865 –1.665
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Can – Am 180.415 39.908 –1.708

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