Austin Dillon tops Sprint Cup practice at Auto Club Speedway

Austin DillonFriday afternoon in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) at Auto Club Speedway (ACS), Austin Dillon – with a lap speed of 188.511 MPH – was the quickest in the first Auto Club 400 practice session.

Second quickest in the session with a lap speed of 188.432 MPH, was Martin Truex Jr., and he was followed by Kevin Harvick (188.304 MPH) who was third, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (188.289) fourth and series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chris Buescher (187.823) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Kasey Kahne (187.700 MPH) who was sixth, Jimmie Johnson (187.573) seventh, Casey Mears (187.505) eighth, ROTY candidate Ryan Blaney (187.495) ninth and AJ Allmendinger (187.451) posting the 10th-quickest lap speed

Later this evening at 7:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 qualifying will be held to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race, and it has been just over 11-years (02/27/2005) since Kyle Busch set the current series qualifying track record speed of 188.245 MPH at ACS.

On Saturday, the teams return for two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 2, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) session from 2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

The 20th annual Auto Club 400 is scheduled to get started around 3:50 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX.

Auto Club 400 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 3 Austin Dillon 188.511 38.194 Leader 7
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 188.432 38.210 -0.016 7
3 4 Kevin Harvick 188.304 38.236 -0.042 4
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 188.289 38.239 -0.045 8
5 34 Chris Bueshcher # 187.823 38.334 -0.140 11
6 5 Kasey Kahne 187.700 38.359 -0.165 12
7 48 Jimmie Johnson 187.573 38.385 -0.191 7
8 13 Casey Mears 187.505 38.399 -0.205 11
9 21 Ryan Blaney # 187.495 38.401 -0.207 9
10 47 AJ Allmendinger 187.451 38.410 -0.216 19
11 16 Greg Biffle 187.378 38.425 -0.231 13
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 187.281 38.445 -0.251 6
13 42 Kyle Larson 187.266 38.448 -0.254 9
14 2 Brad Keselowski 187.251 38.451 -0.257 7
15 18 Kyle Busch 187.212 38.459 -0.265 14
16 11 Denny Hamlin 187.139 38.474 -0.280 5
17 43 Aric Almirola 187.125 38.477 -0.283 11
18 24 Chase Elliott # 187.047 38.493 -0.299 18
19 22 Joey Logano 187.047 38.493 -0.299 15
20 31 Ryan Newman 187.003 38.502 -0.308 10
21 14 Brian Vickers 186.950 38.513 -0.319 12
22 44 Brian Scott # 186.858 38.532 -0.338 12
23 27 Paul Menard 186.630 38.579 -0.385 14
24 20 Matt Kenseth 186.466 38.613 -0.419 6
25 19 Carl Edwards 186.384 38.630 -0.436 7
26 1 Jamie McMurray 186.225 38.663 -0.469 12
27 6 Trevor Bayne 186.172 38.674 -0.480 14
28 41 Kurt Busch 186.167 38.675 -0.481 9
29 15 Clint Bowyer 186.148 38.679 -0.485 14
30 10 Danica Patrick 185.854 38.740 -0.546 14
31 7 Regan Smith 185.304 38.855 -0.661 9
32 23 David Ragan 185.076 38.903 -0.709 7
33 95 Michael McDowell 184.436 39.038 -0.844 7
34 83 Matt Dibenedetto 183.917 39.148 -0.954 7
35 38 Landon Cassill 183.243 39.292 -1.098 7
36 46 Michael Annett 182.242 39.508 -1.314 12
37 98 Cole Whitt 182.205 39.516 -1.322 16
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 180.153 39.966 -1.772 18
39 30 Josh Wise 179.073 40.207 -2.013 14

# – Rookie

 

 

 

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