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Clint Bowyer wins pole for Auto Club 400, Jimmie Johnson qualifies second

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Clint Bowyer edged Jimmie Johnson by .007 seconds to claim the pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox).

It is Bowyer’s fourth career pole and comes after he won the pole at at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last fall.

Johnson, who was the last driver to qualify, will start second in his final Cup Series start at his home track.

The top five is completed by Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick.

The gap between Bowyer’s last two poles is much smaller than his previous wait between poles (431 starts).

“I was actually freaking out that the sun kept coming out,” Bowyer told FS1 after qualifying. “You know the track’s building temperature, everybody, you can see in the SMT data, kept getting looser and looser down in (Turns) 1 and 2 and I was no exception. I knew coming to the green was important, you try to stay up high, get up through the gear box as good as you can. But that’s what it was, down there in (Turns) 1 and 2 she just kind of slid and got loose … and it stuck right there and away it went. Everybody else had to chase it up the track and lost speed and momentum. (When Johnson made his run) I’m thinking, ‘man, if it comes down and I get beat by the last car on the race track I’m going to freak out.'”

Busch’s car failed pre-qualifying inspection twice and had his car chief ejected from the event.

Martin Truex Jr. failed inspection three times. His car chief was ejected and he was not allowed to make a qualifying attempt. Truex will start from the rear Sunday.

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Brandon Jones wins Xfinity pole at Auto Club Speedway

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Brandon Jones will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway (4 p.m. ET on FS1).

He won the pole in qualifying with a top speed of 180.234 mph around the 2-mile track.

It is Jones’ third career-pole in 140 Xfinity starts. His last pole came in 2018 at Dover.

He’ll be joined on the front row by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Harrison Burton (179.645 mph).

The top five is completed by Las Vegas winner Chase Briscoe, Daniel Hemric and Riley Herbst.

Anthony Alfredo will start 13th in his series debut.

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Cup starting lineup after Las Vegas qualifying rained out

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Qualifying for Sunday’s Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was canceled due to rain.

That follows the cancellation of Xfinity qualifying due to rain.

The lineup for Sunday’s race (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox) will be based off last year’s owner points.

But following inspection failures, three Toyotas – Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin – will have to start from the rear. The noses of their cars did not fit specifications, which is in L1 level penalty, with each team losing 10 driver and owner points.

Busch would have started first and Hamlin fourth if not for the penalty. Bell would have started 22nd.

“I think I knocked the wall down about Lap 11 last time here starting in the middle of the pack,” Busch said. “Maybe I’ll just start half a lap down and be in clean air and run the pack down and catch them and blow by them one at a time, I don’t know. I’ll strategize that overnight.”

Chase Elliott‘s car failed inspection twice. His car chief, Matt Barndt, was ejected and Elliott will lose 15 minutes of practice next week at Auto Club Speedway.

Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 car, driven by Garrett Smithley, failed inspection three times. His car chief was ejected and Smithley will lose 30 minutes of practice next week and he will not be allowed to qualify.

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Myatt Snider wins pole for Xfinity Series opener at Daytona

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Myatt Snider claimed the pole for today’s Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

The son of NBC Sports reporter Marty Snider, the 25-year-old Richard Childress Racing driver earned the pole in his first career Xfinity start. He posted a top speed of 188.430 mph.

Snider is the 12th driver to win the pole in their Xfinity debut.

It is the third consecutive pole for RCR in the season-opening race at Daytona, following Tyler Reddick in 2019 and Daniel Hemric in 20018. It is RCR’s 10th Xfinity pole at Daytona, which leads all teams.

Snider, the 2018 Truck Series rookie of the year, is driving RCR’s No. 21 car part-time this year.

“The last couple of days have been interesting,” Snider told FS1. “I’ve about gone to school basically. This is completely different from the truck series and how the truck series races. But I’m just blessed with the opportunity to race at Richard Childress Racing. … But we’ve got an insanely fast race car, obviously. I’m so stoked to be with these guys. … I can’t put it into words. First career start, first career pole.”

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Snider will be joined on the front row by defending race winner Michael Annett.

The top five is completed by Justin Haley, Jeb Burton and SS Greenlight Racing’s Joe Graf Jr.

The Kaulig Racing cars driven by Ross Chastain and AJ Allmendinger each suffered similar mechanical issues in the left front during their qualifying runs, according to team general manager Chris Rice. It resulted in them posting the two of the slowest speeds in qualifying. With a lack of owner points, Allmendinger and Chastain failed to make the race.

Chastain will still get to race with Ryan Sieg‘s team allowing him to drive Jeff Green‘s 38 car.

The other DNQ drivers were Tommy Joe Martins, Chad Finchum and Colin Garrett.

Prior to qualifying NASCAR announced a L2 level penalty against MBM Motorsports and its No. 66 team for an improper body modification on the nose.

Crew chief Sebastian LaForge has been suspended for six Xfinity races effective immediately and fined $50,000.

The team has also been docked 75 owner points.

The No. 66 car, driven by Timmy Hill, qualified 26th for today’s race.

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Riley Herbst wins pole for Truck Series opener at Daytona

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Riley Herbst will start first in tonight’s Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Herbst, driving Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota, qualified on the pole with a top speed of 181.657 mph.

It is Herbst’s first career pole and comes in his eighth Truck Series start. He will compete full-time in the Xfinity Series this year with Joe Gibbs Racing.

The top five is completed by Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, Ross Chastain and Johnny Sauter.

Austin Hill, the defending winner of this race, qualified 15th. Matt Crafton, the defending series champion, will start 10th.

Drivers who failed to make the race: Norm Benning, John Hunter Nemechek, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ray Ciccarelli, Clay Greenfield, Joe Nemechek and Todd Peck.

Tonight’s race is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

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