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Austin Dillon on Top in Opening Auto Club Speedway Practice

Austin Dillon on Top in Opening Auto Club Speedway Practice

by March 18, 2016 0 comments

Austin Dillon’s impressive start to the 2016 Sprint Cup season rolled into Fontana, Calif. on Friday morning as the third-year driver paced the field in opening practice for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

Dillon completed a lap of 38.194 seconds in the 85-minute session, besting second-place driver Martin Truex Jr’s lap of 38.210 seconds by 16 thousandths of a second.

In third was last week’s Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick, who completed a lap of 38.236 seconds.

Completing the top-10 of the speed chart of the session were Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chris Buescher, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears, Ryan Blaney and A.J. Allmendinger.

Qualifying trim was put to the test through the session as no driver made an attempt at a run of 10 or more consecutive laps.

Allmendinger completed the most laps of the session with 19 while Harvick completed the fewest with four.

Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 is up next for the Sprint Cup field and is scheduled for a 7:45 p.m ET/4:45 p.m PT start and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

With 39 drivers entered for the weekend, no non-charter team will be cut from the field for Sunday.

First Practice Times for the Auto Club 400

  1. 3 – Austin Dillon – 38.194
  2. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – 38.210 (-0.016)
  3. 4 – Kevin Harvick – 38.236 (-0.042)
  4. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – 38.239 (-0.045)
  5. 34 – Chris Buescher# – 38.334 (-0.140)
  6. 5 – Kasey Kahne – 38.359 (-0.165)
  7. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – 38.385 (-0.191)
  8. 13 – Casey Mears – 38.399 (-0.205)
  9. 21 – Ryan Blaney#* – 38.401 (-0.207)
  10. 47 – A.J. Allmendinger – 38.410 (-0.216)
  11. 16 – Greg Biffle – 38.425 (-0.231)
  12. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 38.445 (-0.251)
  13. 42 – Kyle Larson – 38.448 (-0.254)
  14. 2 – Brad Keselowski – 38.451 (-0.257)
  15. 18 – Kyle Busch – 38.459 (-0.265)
  16. 11 – Denny Hamlin – 38.474 (-0.280)
  17. 43 – Aric Almirola – 38.477 (-0.283)
  18. 24 – Chase Elliott# – 38.493 (-0.299)
  19. 22 – Joey Logano – 38.493 (-0.299)
  20. 31 – Ryan Newman – 38.502 (-0.308)
  21. 14 – Brian Vickers – 38.513 (-0.319)
  22. 44 – Brian Scott# – 38.532 (-0.338)
  23. 27 – Paul Menard – 38.579 (-0.385)
  24. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 38.613 (-0.419)
  25. 19 – Carl Edwards – 38.630 (-0.436)
  26. 1 – Jamie McMurray – 38.663 (-0.469)
  27. 6 – Trevor Bayne – 38.674 (-0.480)
  28. 41 – Kurt Busch – 38.675 (-0.481)
  29. 15 – Clint Bowyer – 38.679 (-0.485)
  30. 10 – Danica Patrick – 38.740 (-0.546)
  31. 7 – Regan Smith – 38.855 (-0.661)
  32. 23 – David Ragan – 38.903 (-0.709)
  33. 95 – Michael McDowell – 39.038 (-0.844)
  34. 83 – Matt DiBenedetto – 39.148 (-0.954)
  35. 38 – Landon Cassill – 39.292 (-1.098)
  36. 46 – Michael Annett – 39.508 (-1.314)
  37. 98 – Cole Whitt* – 39.516 (-1.322)
  38. 32 – Jeffrey Earnhardt# – 39.966 (-1.772)
  39. 30 – Josh Wise* – 40.207 (-2.013)

# = Rookie, * = Non-charter driver.

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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