Austin Dillon takes the pole on a speedy day at Fontana
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Austin Dillon has won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana, California, claiming the spot for the first time this season at a top speed of 188.482 mph.
Dillon turned a lap in 38.2 seconds flat Friday in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, edging Kevin Harvick by .031 seconds for his second career pole.
Dillon was also fastest in practice, putting Childress' grandson in prime position to chase his first career victory Sunday.
Harvick, the California native and 2011 champion, will start on the front row for the first time all season.
Denny Hamlin set the track record on the way to third place, with Ryan Newman fourth and Carl Edwards in fifth.
Dillon will be the fourth different pole-sitter in five races during this wide-open NASCAR season.