Dillon wins pole at Fontana after no person finishes final lap

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FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Austin Dillon won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race in Auto Club Speedway on Friday after no drivers completed a lap inside the very last spherical of qualifying.

Dillon got his fourth career pole essentially via default after a weird scene that left enthusiasts booing the drivers.

“I actually have visible it in different sports, but never visible it in ours,” Clint Bowyer stated. “We simply were given booed, and it is disappointing.”


With all 12 final-spherical drivers determined to go out as late as possible in a drafting group, each automobile idled near the front of the pit avenue from the start of the session until more or less 44 seconds remained. The motors had barely exited Turn four when time ran out, which meant none of the final laps counted.

Dillon was given the pole for turning the quickest lap in the previous consultation in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. He won each of the two rounds of qualifying in which drivers absolutely drove, and the concept his pole become deserved.

“I’m satisfied for our team to get the pole that no one ever ran a lap for in qualifying,” Dillon stated with amusing. “I assume it is quite cool. It is probably the final time you ever see that kind of qualifying.”

Kevin Harvick will start second Sunday, followed with the aid of Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano.

The groups’ choice to play an elaborate recreation of the bird on pit road in qualifying was as a result of the significance of drafting, which essentially is the only way to put up the fastest lap on longer tracks this season. NASCAR’s new racing regulations bundle minimizes the differences between the teams, which makes drafting nearly the best gain to be had in unmarried laps.

“We all knew it was coming,” Jimmie Johnson stated. “It turned into only a be counted of time before this example took place. NASCAR, unluckily, is in a tough field with this rules bundle and the way we qualify. I realize we are sensitive to not have single-car qualifying due to the fact at a variety of tracks, it’d be really boring, and maybe @ this tune we want to rethink it, and perhaps single-car is the manner to move about it so the lovers get to peer every car race for the pole.”

But the wonderful sight of race automobiles now not racing, observed with the aid of lovers booing a lap that didn’t rely upon, turned into a profound sadness to Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice chairman of opposition.

“I saw what our enthusiasts don’t need,” Miller stated. “Having the last 12 automobiles wait until they couldn’t get a time posted on the board and sort of creating a mockery out of the qualifying isn’t always what we expect for our fanatics. It’s a bit on us in that we hoped matters might go better than that. … We have a bit bit of work to on our element to get a little bit better layout so things like that can not take place.”

Miller stated changes to the qualifying rules are likely to be made before the circuit visits Texas Motor Speedway in weeks. Miller is “not quite certain what” NASCAR will do, however, an exchange probably won’t be vital for the quick song at Martinsville next week, due to the fact that drafting isn’t as crucial there.

“We do not need to head back to single-vehicle qualifying, but there might not be every other way,” Miller stated. “We want to attempt to exhaust each opportunity before we do this because it’s now not as a laugh, not as exciting of a display because of the group situation.”