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SportWacky final Cup qualifying round at Fontana: No driver makes the time

01:10  16 march  2019
01:10  16 march  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The 2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds open the 138th season of competition in England for The Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup )

Two qualifying rounds are used to reduce the field to 12. Two groups of six are then formed, with teams playing each other home and away. Qualifying culminates with a single six-team, home-and-away group from which the top three teams go to the World Cup .

Wacky final Cup qualifying round at Fontana: No driver makes the time© Getty Images

In one of the most unusual NASCAR Cup qualifying sessions ever seen, the 12 drivers in the final round of Friday’s qualifying at Auto Club Speedway waited and hesitated – and all lost as a result.

Not one of the dozen drivers that advanced to the third and final qualifying round managed to cross the finish line at the 2-mile high speed oval in time to make a successful run before time expired.

As a result, the fastest driver in the second qualifying round, Austin Dillon, earned the pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 with his second round effort of 180.081 mph., his fourth career pole in 198 Cup races — and his second pole in six starts at the Fontana, California track. Kevin Harvick (179.386 mph) will start alongside Dillon on the front row.

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After dropping its opening Final Round qualifiers to Mexico and Costa Rica, the USA entered the A Panama win on U.S. soil would see the side book its first World Cup appearance, while a U.S. victory would push the MNT two points ahead of Los Canaleros, keeping the team in the driver 's seat for its

“It was wild,” Dillon told Fox Sports 1. “That was fun. …  It feels good to get that pole because that’s wild there. We just waited and no one wanted to make it, I knew it reverted back to us. That’s a good way to win it (the pole).”

The rest of the top 12 qualifiers were Aric Almirola (179.082 mph) and Kyle Busch (178.895) on Row 2, Joey Logano (178.891) and Denny Hamlin (178.607) in Row 3, Ryan Newman (178.509) and Chase Elliott (178.412) in Row 4, Clint Bowyer (178.359) and Ryan Blaney (178.315) in Row 5 and Jimmie Johnson (178.306) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (178.196) in Row 6.

We’ll have the full qualifying speed chart shortly. Please check back soon.

NOTES:

* Chase Elliott spun in the first round of qualifying but was able to regroup and finished that round third-fastest.

* Ryan Newman’s car chief, Todd Brewer, was ejected for the remainder of the weekend and the No. 6 team was docked 15 points in Saturday’s final practice after the car failed pre-qualifying inspection twice.

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* Chris Buescher wasn’t exactly feeling optimistic heading into qualifying, saying during media availability, “I expect this probably to be our worst-case scenario qualifying so far. That worries me because it’s been pretty bad already a couple of times.”

* There will be two final Cup practices Saturday from 12:05 – 12:55 p.m. ET, and from 3:30 – 4:20 p.m. ET.

* Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (200 laps/400 miles) will take the green flag at 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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