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Austin Dillon Paces Drive4Clots.com 300 Final Practice

Austin Dillon Paces Drive4Clots.com 300 Final Practice

by March 20, 2015 0 comments

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FONTANA, Calif. — Las Vegas winner Austin Dillon paced the field in final practice for the Drive4Clots.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway with a lap of 41.163 seconds.

Dillon’s No. 33 Rudd Chevrolet was the best of the best in the 85-minute session, taking the top spot on the scoring pylon over Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and John Wes Townley.

Posting a time just outside of the top-10 were points leader Ty Dillon, Daniel Suárez, Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr., and Kyle Larson.

Larson was part of an incident that brought out a lengthy red flag period midway through the session that was triggered by the No. 19 Toyota of Mike Bliss dropping fluid on the track through Turn 2.

Larson and the No. 15 of Stanton Barrett each went for a spin off of Turn 2 with Larson’s car taking on some damage on the right rear quarterpanel. As a result of the damage, the No. 42 HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi team has elected to run a backup car for the rest of the weekend.

Across a 10-lap run, Dillon also took top honors with an average speed of 171.282 miles per hour over his run. Richard Childress Racing teammates Gaughan and Scott were the next fastest drivers on a 10-lap run with respective speeds of 170.976 and 170.711 miles per hour.

Qualifying for the Drive4Clots.com 300 is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning at 9:45 a.m PT (12:45 p.m ET) while the 150-lap race will take place at 1:00 p.m PT (4:00 p.m ET.) FOX Sports 1 will provide live coverage of tomorrow’s race.

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the Drive4Clots.com 300

  1. 33 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 41.163 | Leader
  2. 22 – Brad Keselowski(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 41.204 | -0.041
  3. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 41.437 | -0.274
  4. 88 – Kevin Harvick(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 41.467 | -0.304
  5. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 41.501 | -0.338
  6. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 41.519 | -0.356
  7. 9 – Chase Elliott – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 41.532 | -0.369
  8. 54 – Denny Hamlin(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 41.562 | -0.399
  9. 20 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 41.572 | -0.409
  10. 25 – John Wes Townley(i) – Chevrolet – Athenian Motorsports – 41.600 | -0.437

(i) = Ineligible for NASCAR XFINITY Series points.

Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

Kyle Pokrefky
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