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Cup - Fontana - Qualifying times

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch made it a Joe Gibbs Racing lockout at the front of the grid for Sunday afternoon's Auto Club 400 Cup race in California.
Denny Hamlin took pole position for Sunday's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race with a lap of 38.626s (186.403 mph.)

This is his 10th pole in 228 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, and his second pole at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California - the first coming on October 11, 2009.

It's Hamlin's first top ten start of 2012.

Qualifying in second place, Kyle Busch posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his eighth in 15 races at Auto Club Speedway. Mark Martin (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway, his second in four races this season.

Josh Wise was the fastest qualifying rookie in 30th. Robby Gordon, Joe Nemechek and Timmy Hill failed to qualify.

Qualifying times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 38.626s (Leader) 186.403mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 38.807s (-0.181) 185.533mph
3. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 38.807s (-0.181) 185.533mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 38.812s (-0.186) 185.510mph
5. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 38.812s (-0.186) 185.510mph
6. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 38.850s (-0.224) 185.328mph
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 38.877s (-0.251) 185.199mph
8. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 38.878s (-0.252) 185.195mph
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 38.880s (-0.254) 185.185mph
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 38.893s (-0.267) 185.123mph
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 38.908s (-0.282) 185.052mph
12. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 38.919s (-0.293) 185.000mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 38.977s (-0.351) 184.724mph
14. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 39.018s (-0.392) 184.530mph
15. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 39.062s (-0.436) 184.322mph
16. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 39.116s (-0.490) 184.068mph
17. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 39.121s (-0.495) 184.044mph
18. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 39.149s (-0.523) 183.913mph
19. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 39.185s (-0.559) 183.744mph
20. #30 David Stremme Toyota 39.259s (-0.633) 183.397mph
21. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 39.263s (-0.637) 183.379mph
22. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 39.333s (-0.707) 183.052mph
23. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 39.413s (-0.787) 182.681mph
24. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 39.439s (-0.813) 182.560mph
25. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 39.443s (-0.817) 182.542mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 39.464s (-0.838) 182.445mph
27. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 39.481s (-0.855) 182.366mph
28. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 39.540s (-0.914) 182.094mph
29. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 39.559s (-0.933) 182.007mph
30. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 39.760s (-1.134) 181.087mph
31. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 39.812s (-1.186) 180.850mph
32. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 39.865s (-1.239) 180.610mph
33. #13 Casey Mears Ford 39.880s (-1.254) 180.542mph
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 39.904s (-1.278) 180.433mph
35. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 39.921s (-1.295) 180.356mph
36. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 39.934s (-1.308) 180.298mph
37. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 40.087s (-1.461) 179.609mph
38. #34 David Ragan Ford 40.119s (-1.493) 179.466mph
39. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 40.157s (-1.531) 179.296mph
40. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 40.254s (-1.628) 178.864mph
41. #38 David Gilliland Ford 40.313s (-1.687) 178.602mph
42. #32 Ken Schrader+ Ford 40.374s (-1.748) 178.333mph
43. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40.194s (-1.568) 179.131mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 40.343s (-1.717) 178.470mph
45. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 40.349s (-1.723) 178.443mph
46. #37 Timmy Hill* Ford 40.464s (-1.838) 177.936mph

+ Set by Owner Points

Practice 1

1. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 38.896s (Leader) 185.109 mph
2. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 39.062s (-0.166) 184.322 mph
3. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 39.142s (-0.246) 183.946 mph
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 39.282s (-0.386) 183.290 mph
5. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 39.304s (-0.408) 183.188 mph
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 39.308s (-0.412) 183.169 mph
7. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 39.343s (-0.447) 183.006 mph
8. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 39.367s (-0.471) 182.894 mph
9. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 39.370s (-0.474) 182.880 mph
10. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 39.389s (-0.493) 182.792 mph
11. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 39.397s (-0.501) 182.755 mph
12. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 39.428s (-0.532) 182.611 mph
13. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 39.450s (-0.554) 182.510 mph
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 39.489s (-0.593) 182.329 mph
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 39.505s (-0.609) 182.255 mph
16. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 39.519s (-0.623) 182.191 mph
17. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 39.520s (-0.624) 182.186 mph
18. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 39.521s (-0.625) 182.182 mph
19. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 39.534s (-0.638) 182.122 mph
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 39.537s (-0.641) 182.108 mph
21. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 39.549s (-0.653) 182.053 mph
22. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 39.568s (-0.672) 181.965 mph
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 39.583s (-0.687) 181.896 mph
24. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 39.593s (-0.697) 181.850 mph
25. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 39.685s (-0.789) 181.429 mph
26. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 39.719s (-0.823) 181.273 mph
27. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 39.772s (-0.876) 181.032 mph
28. #30 David Stremme Toyota 39.822s (-0.926) 180.805 mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 39.882s (-0.986) 180.533 mph
30. #13 Casey Mears Ford 39.913s (-1.017) 180.392 mph
31. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 39.927s (-1.031) 180.329 mph
32. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 40.035s (-1.139) 179.843 mph
33. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 40.057s (-1.161) 179.744 mph
34. #34 David Ragan Ford 40.205s (-1.309) 179.082 mph
35. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 40.209s (-1.313) 179.064 mph
36. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 40.299s (-1.403) 178.665 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 40.301s (-1.405) 178.656 mph
38. #38 David Gilliland Ford 40.301s (-1.405) 178.656 mph
39. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 40.424s (-1.528) 178.112 mph
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 40.465s (-1.569) 177.932 mph
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 40.469s (-1.573) 177.914 mph
42. #74 Stacy Compton Chevrolet 40.577s (-1.681) 177.440 mph
43. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 40.632s (-1.736) 177.200 mph
44. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 40.640s (-1.744) 177.165 mph
45. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 40.766s (-1.870) 176.618 mph
46. #37 Timmy Hill* Ford 41.664s (-2.768) 172.811 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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