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Bowyer nips Johnson for Fontana pole

Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup race
Saturday, February 29, 2020


Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer paced the field in Saturday’s Busch Pole Qualifying at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, clocking a 40.086-second lap at 179.614 mph. This is Bowyer’s fourth career pole. His No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will be the first to take the green flag in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Jimmie Johnson, the final NASCAR Cup Series driver to qualify, made it close at the end. The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was 0.007 seconds short of Bowyer’s time. Johnson’s 179.093 mph will put him second.

Alex Bowman, who led both Friday practice sessions, qualified third at 179.359 mph mph in his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Kurt Busch came in fourth at 178.958 mph. His No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying inspection twice.

Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was then fifth at 178.882 mph. Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top 10.

Ross Chastain, filling in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford for the sidelined Ryan Newman, ran 27th at 176.544 mph.

Martin Truex Jr. missed qualifying after three inspection failures. It took the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota four tries to pass. He’ll start from the back in Sunday’s race.


114Clint BowyerRush/HAAS CNC Ford40.086179.614
248Jimmie JohnsonAlly Chevrolet40.093179.582
388Alex BowmanCincinnati Chevrolet40.143179.359
41Kurt BuschMonster Energy Chevrolet40.233178.958
54Kevin HarvickMobil 1 Ford40.250178.882
610Aric AlmirolaSmithfield Ford40.280178.749
722Joey LoganoAuto Club of Southern California Ford40.284178.731
834Michael McDowellLove's Travel Stops Ford40.304178.642
942Kyle LarsonMcDonald's Chevrolet40.341178.478
1047Ricky Stenhouse JrKroger Chevrolet40.351178.434
1117Chris BuescherFastenal Ford40.367178.364
1221Matt DiBenedettoMenards/Quaker State Ford40.428178.094
139Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet40.485177.844
1443Bubba WallaceVictory Junction Chevrolet40.487177.835
152Brad KeselowskiAmerica's Tire Ford40.491177.817
1612Ryan BlaneyBODYARMOR Ford40.503177.765
1718Kyle BuschInterstate Batteries Toyota40.516177.708
1841Cole Custer #Production Alliance Group/Haas Ford40.519177.694
198Tyler Reddick #I am Second Chevrolet40.583177.414
2037Ryan PreeceCottonelle Chevrolet40.587177.397
2124William ByronAxalta 24 Tribute Chevrolet40.610177.296
2295Christopher Bell #Rheem Toyota40.698176.913
2338John Hunter Nemechek #Fire Alarm Services Ford40.699176.909
2413Ty DillonGEICO Chevrolet40.738176.739
253Austin DillonDow Coatings Chevrolet40.750176.687
2632Corey LaJoiePala Casino Ford40.761176.639
276Ross Chastain(i)Castrol Ford40.783176.544
2811Denny HamlinFedEx Office Toyota40.790176.514
2920Erik JonesReeser's Fine Foods Toyota40.955175.803
3052JJ Yeley(i)JACOB Companies Ford41.484173.561
3196Daniel SuarezToyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota41.511173.448
3215Brennan Poole #CHOC Kids Chevrolet41.819172.171
3377Reed SorensonSpire Motorsports Chevrolet41.975171.531
3453Joey Gase(i)One Legacy Ford42.375169.912
350Quin Houff #Victory Weekend Chevrolet42.657168.788
3651Garrett SmithleyChevrolet42.842168.059
3766Timmy Hill(i)MANSCAPED/LASVEGAS.NET Toyota43.729164.65
3819Martin Truex JrBass Pro Shops Toyota00

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