MENCS: Larson Paces First Practice At Auto Club Speedway

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Kyle Larson paces the first practice session. (Sarah Crabill/Getty Images North America)

FONTANA, Calif– The only practice session on Friday for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway is in the books and at the top of the charts should be no surprise, as the points leader, the No.42 of  Kyle Larson goes to the top of the board.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver and California native landed a lap of 38.081 (189.071 mph). In second, is Denny Hamlin (38.204/188.462 mph). The 2011 winner of this race, Kevin Harvick finishes up P3 (38.228/188.344 mph). Rounding out the top-5 is Larson’s teammate, Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano.

The practice session was stopped only twice. One caution for an owl that had found his way on the track in turn one, he would fly away. Luck would not be that kind to the defending race winner, Jimmie Johnson. As Johnson found himself tagging the turn 4 wall and spinning into the grass. The No.48 team has elected to go to a backup car as a result of their damage.

The next on track activity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be Qualifying for the Auto Club 400, Friday March 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm ET. (FS1, MRN, Sirius XM)

Results: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; Practice 1; March 24, 2017; Auto Club Speedway.

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Jamie McMurray
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Martin Truex Jr.
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. Kasey Kahne
  14. Aric Almirola
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. Kurt Busch
  17. Clint Bowyer
  18. Erik Jones
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  20. AJ Allmendinger
  21. Danica Patrick
  22. Ty Dillon
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. Jimmie Johnson (Back-up Car)
  25. Chris Buescher
  26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  27. Paul Menard
  28. Daniel Suarez
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. David Ragan
  31. Matt Dibenedetto
  32. Landon Cassill
  33. Gray Gaulding
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. Cole Whitt
  36. Reed Sorenson
  37. Derrike Cope
  38. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  39. Timmy Hill

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Rence BrownRence Brown is Race Chaser Online’s West Coast-based correspondent, who currently resides in California and carries a deep passion for NASCAR, but is a follower of multiple forms of auto racing across multiple disciplines.

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