NASCAR starting lineup at California: Austin Dillon wins Auto Club 400 pole with time of 0.00

first_imgAuto Club 400 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Xfinity Series, can be seen on, PRN, MRN and FS1.Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Auto Club 400 .(All times Eastern)Friday, March 15TimeEventChannel1 p.m.Cup Series First PracticeNASCAR.com2:05 p.m.Xfinity Series First PracticeNASCAR.com4:35 p.m.Xfinity Series Final PracticeFS16:30 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingFS1/MRNSaturday, March 16TimeEventChannel12:05 p.m.Cup Series Second PracticeFS1/MRN1:10 p.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingFS13:30 p.m.Cup Series Final PracticeFS1/MRN5 p.m.Production Alliance Group 300FS1/MRNSunday, March 17TimeEventChannel3:30 p.m.Auto Club 400Fox/MRN MORE: NASCAR VP says driver made a ‘mockery’ of qualifyingBut in hopes of getting a draft, no one wanted to get off the line, and by the time they started to try to make their runs with less than a minute on the clock, they were too late.No one made it to the line to start an official run and Dillon won by virtue of the fact he posted the fastest time in the second round.As the seconds counted down in the final session, Dillon waited, knowing he had the pole if no one else moved in time. When the clock ticked below 47 seconds (the time it would have taken to get from the end of pit road back to the start/finish line), the pole was his.“When the 18 (Kyle Busch) made a little bit of a move there, I just rode on his door, because I was going to follow him and just have one car to beat,” Dillon said. “I didn’t have to make it back around. And then the 12 (10th-place qualifier Ryan Blaney) came through the grass — I thought he demolished his car. It looked like he left the ground over there. I don’t know what he did, but it was pretty wild.”At that point my spotter said, ‘It’s over. You can bring it around here,’ and I knew we had gotten the pole.”MORE: California odds, prediction, sleepersKevin Harvick will start second and Aric Almirola will be third.Brad Keselowski (13th) and Kyle Larson (15th) failed to make it to the final round of qualifying.Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. struggled and will start 27th.The Auto Club 400 can be seen at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox.Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.Auto Club 400 starting lineupHere is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race:Start pos. DriverCar No.No. 1Austin Dillon3No. 2Kevin Harvick4No. 3Aric Almirola10No. 4Kyle Busch18No. 5Joey Logano22No. 6Denny Hamlin11No. 7Ryan Newman6No. 8Chase Elliott9No. 9Clint Bowyer14No. 10Ryan Blaney12No. 11Jimmie Johnson48No. 12Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 13Brad Keselowski2No. 14Chris Buescher37No. 15Kyle Larson42No. 16Ty Dillon13No. 17Daniel Hemric8No. 18Erik Jones20No. 19David Ragan38No. 20Daniel Suarez41No. 21Kurt Busch1No. 22William Byron24No. 23Alex Bowman88No. 24Matt DiBenedetto95No. 25Paul Menard21No. 26Ryan Preece47No. 27Martin Truex Jr.19No. 28Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43No. 29Michael McDowell34No. 30Corey Lajoie32No. 31Ross Chastain15No. 32Matt Tifft36No. 33Landon Cassill00No. 34Cody Ware51No. 35Reed Sorenson27No. 36BJ McLeod52No. 37Garrett Smithley77No. 38Joey Gase66What channel is the Auto Club 400 on?The Auto Club 400 will be broadcast nationally on Fox. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. In possibly the most bizarre qualifying run ever seen, Austin Dillon won the pole for the Auto Club 400 on Friday without running a lap.All the drivers were waiting to run their final lap in the third round of qualifying and no one wanted to be the first off the line. With the new system of qualifying, drivers can be on the track in close proximity, and they like to use that to their advantage to gain a draft.last_img

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