Thursday, Mar 30

MENCS: Austin Dillion wins pole for Sunday's Auto Club 400

Austin Dillion won the pole for Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway and didn't even have to post a speed in the final round of qualifying to do so.

Dillon along with the other 11 drivers waited too late to post a lap in the final round of qualifying.

None of the 12 drivers who advanced into the final round did not reach the timing/scoring line before the five-minute clock expired, which left all 12 drivers without a qualifying speed in the final round. With that occurrence, the lineup would be set based on speeds in Round 2, where Austin Dillion had the fastest speed. 

This would mark Dillion's first pole of his career.

"That was fun right there. That goes back to Round 2 when Andy Houston did a great job getting us a hole," Dillion told Fox Sports.

"Our car has been good all day. I felt like we had the fastest car here. It feels good to get that pole. That was wild right there. Everybody was fighting for it."

Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick in second, Aric Almirola in third, Kyle Busch in fourth and Joey Logano in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Denny Hamlin in sixth, Ryan Newman in seventh, Chase Elliott in eighth, Clint Bowyer in ninth and Ryan Blaney in tenth.

Live coverage of Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway begins at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX.


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