March 22, 2019

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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 in the final round of qualifying.

Dillon got his fourth career pole essentially by default after a bizarre scene in the final session.

With all 12 final-round drivers determined to go out as late as possible in a drafting group, everyone waited to start until roughly 44 seconds remained in the session. Nobody made it to the line before time ran out.

Dillon won each of the two rounds of qualifying in which drivers actually drove, and he thought his pole was deserved.

Kevin Harvick will start second Sunday, followed by Aric Almirola and Kyle Busch.

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