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Cup - Fontana - Saturday practice

Denny Hamlin continued to run rings around the opposition during practice at the Auto Club Speedway at Fontana in southern California, ahead of Sunday afternoon's Cup race.
Polesitter Denny Hamlin continued to set the pace for the rest of the field on Saturday, with a lap of 38.706s (186.018 mph) putting him 0.169s ahead of Matt Kenseth in second place in the morning and a slower time of 39.553s (182.034mph) still more than good enough to put him at the top in the afternoon session, 0.147s ahead of Jeff Gordon.

Hamlin admitted that after a patchy start to 2012, pole at Fontana had been just the tonic he and the team needed.

"The morale of everyone, we needed an uplift," he said. "Even though we've ran sub- par these last couple weeks, everyone is still in a good mood and still happy about where we're at and where we're heading."

Practice 3

(Saturday afternoon)

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 39.553s (Leader) 182.034 mph
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 39.700s (-0.147) 181.360 mph
3. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 39.732s (-0.179) 181.214 mph
4. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 39.750s (-0.197) 181.132 mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 39.768s (-0.215) 181.050 mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 39.786s (-0.233) 180.968 mph
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 39.788s (-0.235) 180.959 mph
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 39.859s (-0.306) 180.637 mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 39.888s (-0.335) 180.505 mph
10. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 39.889s (-0.336) 180.501 mph
11. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 39.906s (-0.353) 180.424 mph
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 39.906s (-0.353) 180.424 mph
13. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 39.946s (-0.393) 180.243 mph
14. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 39.952s (-0.399) 180.216 mph
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 39.955s (-0.402) 180.203 mph
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 39.968s (-0.415) 180.144 mph
17. #13 Casey Mears Ford 39.970s (-0.417) 180.135 mph
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 39.991s (-0.438) 180.040 mph
19. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 39.994s (-0.441) 180.027 mph
20. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 39.995s (-0.442) 180.023 mph
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 40.034s (-0.481) 179.847 mph
22. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 40.069s (-0.516) 179.690 mph
23. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 40.078s (-0.525) 179.650 mph
24. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 40.084s (-0.531) 179.623 mph
25. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 40.124s (-0.571) 179.444 mph
26. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 40.141s (-0.588) 179.368 mph
27. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 40.186s (-0.633) 179.167 mph
28. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 40.220s (-0.667) 179.015 mph
29. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 40.253s (-0.700) 178.869 mph
30. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 40.401s (-0.848) 178.213 mph
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 40.410s (-0.857) 178.174 mph
32. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 40.580s (-1.027) 177.427 mph
33. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 40.662s (-1.109) 177.070 mph
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 40.669s (-1.116) 177.039 mph
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 40.699s (-1.146) 176.908 mph
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 40.772s (-1.219) 176.592 mph
37. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 40.806s (-1.253) 176.445 mph
38. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40.959s (-1.406) 175.786 mph
39. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 41.165s (-1.612) 174.906 mph
40. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 41.185s (-1.632) 174.821 mph
41. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 41.320s (-1.767) 174.250 mph
42. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 41.418s (-1.865) 173.837 mph
43. #30 David Stremme Toyota

Practice 2

(Saturday morning)

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 38.706s (Leader) 186.018 mph
2. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 38.875s (-0.169) 185.209 mph
3. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 38.934s (-0.228) 184.928 mph
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 39.013s (-0.307) 184.554 mph
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 39.073s (-0.367) 184.270 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 39.101s (-0.395) 184.139 mph
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 39.157s (-0.451) 183.875 mph
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 39.182s (-0.476) 183.758 mph
9. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 39.208s (-0.502) 183.636 mph
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 39.224s (-0.518) 183.561 mph
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 39.226s (-0.520) 183.552 mph
12. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 39.235s (-0.529) 183.510 mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 39.237s (-0.531) 183.500 mph
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 39.243s (-0.537) 183.472 mph
15. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 39.265s (-0.559) 183.369 mph
16. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 39.285s (-0.579) 183.276 mph
17. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 39.333s (-0.627) 183.052 mph
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 39.372s (-0.666) 182.871 mph
19. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 39.383s (-0.677) 182.820 mph
20. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 39.399s (-0.693) 182.746 mph
21. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 39.418s (-0.712) 182.658 mph
22. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 39.433s (-0.727) 182.588 mph
23. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 39.494s (-0.788) 182.306 mph
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 39.553s (-0.847) 182.034 mph
25. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 39.561s (-0.855) 181.997 mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 39.619s (-0.913) 181.731 mph
27. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 39.634s (-0.928) 181.662 mph
28. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 39.671s (-0.965) 181.493 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 39.760s (-1.054) 181.087 mph
30. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 39.919s (-1.213) 180.365 mph
31. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 39.964s (-1.258) 180.162 mph
32. #30 David Stremme Toyota 39.970s (-1.264) 180.135 mph
33. #34 David Ragan Ford 40.145s (-1.439) 179.350 mph
34. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 40.296s (-1.590) 178.678 mph
35. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 40.309s (-1.603) 178.620 mph
36. #38 David Gilliland Ford 40.458s (-1.752) 177.962 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 40.472s (-1.766) 177.901 mph
38. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 40.509s (-1.803) 177.738 mph
39. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40.598s (-1.892) 177.349 mph
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 40.681s (-1.975) 176.987 mph
41. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 40.718s (-2.012) 176.826 mph
42. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 40.863s (-2.157) 176.199 mph
43. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 41.143s (-2.437) 174.999 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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