Austin Dillon wins the pole for the Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 in California

Austin Dillon, with a qualifying lap speed of 188.482 MPH, captured the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Auto Club 400 pole award on Friday, and will lead the field in the start of Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway (ACS).

A new series qualifying track record at ACS was established during the second round of qualifying, when Denny Hamlin ran a lap speed of 188.511 MPH, breaking Kyle Busch’s previous record of 188.245 MPH – which he set on Feb. 27, 2005.

This was Dillon’s first series pole and third top-10 start of the season, his second series career pole in 90 races and his first series pole in three races at ACS.

Last week’s series event winner, Kevin Harvick, qualified on the outside pole with a lap speed of 188.329 MPH, and he’ll be followed by Denny Hamlin (187.637 MPH) starting third, Ryan Newman (187.276) fourth and Carl Edwards (187.222) starts fifth.

The defending series champion, Kyle Busch (187.212 MPH) will start from sixth, while Trevor Bayne (186.916) starts seventh, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott (186.795) eighth, Joey Logano (186.557) ninth and Jamie McMurray (186.345) qualified in 10th.

For the fourth consecutive series weekend, only 39-drivers attempted to fill the 40-car field; therefore, no on failed to make the starting lineup.

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 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 3 Austin Dillon 38.413 38.209 38.200 Leader
2 4 Kevin Harvick 38.238 38.226 38.231 -0.031
3 11 Denny Hamlin 38.241 38.194 38.372 -0.141
4 31 Ryan Newman 38.388 38.369 38.446 -0.074
5 19 Carl Edwards 38.505 38.360 38.457 -0.011
6 18 Kyle Busch 38.413 38.362 38.459 -0.002
7 6 Trevor Bayne 38.334 38.291 38.520 -0.061
8 24 Chase Elliott # 38.215 38.195 38.545 -0.025
9 22 Joey Logano 38.267 38.350 38.594 -0.049
10 1 Jamie McMurray 38.392 38.327 38.638 -0.044
11 47 AJ Allmendinger 38.392 38.365 38.775 -0.137
12 5 Kasey Kahne 38.301 38.371 0.000 38.775
13 27 Paul Menard 38.451 38.401 Eliminated -0.030
14 21 Ryan Blaney # 38.561 38.404 Eliminated -0.003
15 2 Brad Keselowski 38.200 38.455 Eliminated -0.051
16 34 Chris Bueshcher # 38.575 38.471 Eliminated -0.016
17 78 Martin Truex Jr. 38.314 38.497 Eliminated -0.026
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 38.417 38.600 Eliminated -0.103
19 48 Jimmie Johnson 38.414 38.648 Eliminated -0.048
20 20 Matt Kenseth 38.388 38.654 Eliminated -0.006
21 44 Brian Scott # 38.616 38.673 Eliminated -0.019
22 16 Greg Biffle 38.585 38.694 Eliminated -0.021
23 13 Casey Mears 38.456 38.757 Eliminated -0.063
24 14 Brian Vickers 38.486 38.797 Eliminated -0.040
25 43 Aric Almirola 38.627 Eliminated -0.141
26 41 Kurt Busch 38.690 Eliminated -0.063
27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 38.693 Eliminated -0.003
28 7 Regan Smith 38.773 Eliminated -0.080
29 15 Clint Bowyer 38.785 Eliminated -0.012
30 95 Michael McDowell 38.817 Eliminated -0.032
31 10 Danica Patrick 38.898 Eliminated -0.081
32 42 Kyle Larson 38.921 Eliminated -0.023
33 83 Matt Dibenedetto 39.001 Eliminated -0.080
34 38 Landon Cassill 39.091 Eliminated -0.090
35 23 David Ragan 39.333 Eliminated -0.242
36 98 Cole Whitt 39.485 Eliminated -0.152
37 30 Josh Wise 39.571 Eliminated -0.086
38 46 Michael Annett 39.865 Eliminated -0.294
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 39.908 Eliminated -0.043

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