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Kevin Harvick Paces Sole Cup Series Practice at Auto Club Speedway

Despite not winning last night’s K&N West season opener at Kern County Raceway, Kevin Harvick continued his season of dominance in opening practice on Friday (March 16) by leading the field.

Harvick turned a lap of 38.082 seconds (189.066 mph) around the 2-mile track in Fontana, CA. His lap was one hundred and seventy-three thousandths faster than his teammate Clint Bowyer, who finished the session in second.

Aric Almirola turned the third fastest lap in the session, followed by Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson.

The Toyotas of Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., and Erik Jones finished sixth through eighth. Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman rounded out the top 10.

36 of the 37 drivers entered turned at least one lap during the session. Gray Gaulding was the sole driver who didn’t. Reed Sorenson turned the slowest lap in the session with a 42.197-second lap (170.628 mph.).

Daniel Suarez will be going to a backup car following an incident at the exit of turn two. Suarez will start from the rear of the field on Sunday as a result. That was the only incident during the session.


Qualifying for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 is slated to begin at 7:15 p.m. ET Friday with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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