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Starting grid for the NASCAR Cup Series’ Auto Club 400

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With the second pole of his NASCAR Cup Series career, Kyle Larson will lead the field to green Sunday in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

Joining Larson the front row is Denny Hamlin.

Filling out the top five is Brad Keselowski, Martin Treux Jr. and Ryan Newman.

Click here for the starting grid.

Kyle Larson fastest in opening Cup practice at Auto Club Speedway

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Kyle Larson posted the fastest lap in practice Friday at Auto Club Speedway at 189.071 mph. He was followed by Denny Hamlin (188.462 mph), Kevin Harvick (188.344), Jamie McMurray (187.940) and Joey Logano (187.588).

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson had to go to a backup car after losing control in Turn 4 and sliding into the infield grass. The front of his car dug into the ground and was damaged. That was the only incident in the session involving cars. The session was stopped briefly for an owl on the track.

Cup teams will qualify at 7:05 p.m. ET (4:05 p.m. Pacific)

Click here for results of Cup practice

 

NASCAR America: Who will be the next driver to break a winless streak?

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After winning his first race in almost four years Sunday, Ryan Newman said he’d lost count of how many races he’d been in without a victory.

NASCAR America analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett predict who they think could be the next Cup driver to end a long winless streak, including Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chase Elliott wins Stage 2 at Phoenix; Joey Logano penalized for speeding on pit road

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Chase Elliott took the lead on a three-wide move and left the field behind to win Stage 2 in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

Kyle Larson finished second and was followed by Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Jamie McMurray was sixth and followed by rookie Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.

It was Elliott’s first stage win of the season. He won his qualifying race at Daytona last month and scored stage points for that.

Elliott took the lead on the first green-flag lap of Stage 2. Elliott went high, Joey Logano was in the middle and Larson on the inside as they crossed the start/finish line.

This stage also marked the first time Logano and Kyle Busch had raced around each other since last week’s last-lap contact and post-race altercation on pit road. Busch passed for fourth without incident.

Logano’s chances of contending for another stage win ended when he was called for speeding on pit road. Logano was on pit road with the field during a caution caused by Corey LaJoie‘s accident – his second incident of the race. That dropped Logano to 32nd on Lap 122 of the 312-lap race. Logano finished the stage 22nd.

Logano led all but one lap to win the first stage.

Race pole-sitter Joey Logano fastest in final Cup practice at Phoenix

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After already winning the pole for Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway, Joey Logano came back for an encore performance in the final NASCAR Cup practice session Saturday.

Logano and his Ford Fusion was fastest in happy hour with a speed of 134.736 mph. Logano won the most recent Cup race at the one-mile oval, in last fall’s penultimate playoff event.

Matt Kenseth (134.519 mph) was second-fastest, followed by Kyle Busch (134.399), Brad Keselowski (134.384) and Jimmie Johnson (134.368).

Sixth through 10th were Erik Jones (134.208), Clint Bowyer (134.058), Kyle Larson (134.033), Martin Truex Jr. (133.963) and Jamie McMurray (133.824).

There was one incident of note during the session. Daniel Suarez spun into the infield, blew a tire and suffered damage to the front splitter on his Toyota Camry.

His team replaced the splitter and Suarez was back on track to complete the practice session.

The Camping World 500 race is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Click here for the full final practice session results grid.

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