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Kurt Busch Fastest in Auto Club 400 Happy Hour

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Kurt Busch remained untouchable at Auto Club Speedway topping the charts in the final practice session before Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California.

Busch was also fastest in the pair of practice sessions that preceded “Happy Hour” and won the pole at the 2-mile race track on Friday afternoon. He’s looking to become the first driver since Carl Edwards to sweep every session of a Sprint Cup weekend, including the all-important trip to Victory Lane.

Edwards achieved the feat in November 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch at one point was clocked going over 205 mph on the bumpy California Speedway backstretch and clocked in with an average speed of 184.971 mph. Paul Menard was second fastest at 183.885 mph with Kevin Harvick, Casey Mears and Jimmie Johnson completing the top-5.

Busch and Harvick will start on the front row for the race itself (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) with Harvick looking for three consecutive wins early in the season and his eighth straight finish of second or better. Richard Petty currently holds that record with 11 straight such finishes all the way back in 1974.

The complete speeds from final practice can be found below.

1 Kurt Busch … 184.971 mph
2 Paul Menard … 183.885
3 Kevin Harvick … 183.220
4 Casey Mears … 183.146
5 Jimmie Johnson … 182.992
6 Martin Truex Jr. … 182.783
7 Ryan Newman … 182.699
8 Joey Logano … 182.348
9 Brad Keselowski … 182.292
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 182.099
11 Danica Patrick … 182.007
12 David Ragan … 181.713
13 Kasey Kahne … 181.644
14 Greg Biffle … 181.644
15 Matt Kenseth … 181.493
16 Kyle Larson … 181.433
17 Denny Hamlin … 181.420
18 Carl Edwards … 181.128
19 Austin Dillon … 181.018
20 Clint Bowyer … 180.591
21 AJ Allmendinger … 180.438
22 Jeff Gordon … 180.140
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 179.623
24 Brian Scott … 179.596 …
25 Aric Almirola … 179.395
26 Jamie McMurray … 179.185
27 Tony Stewart … 179.096
28 Justin Allgaier … 178.909
29 Sam Hornish Jr. … 178.620
30 Landon Cassill … 177.945
31 Alex Bowman … 177.857
32 Brett Moffitt … 177.721
33 Trevor Bayne … 177.624
34 Josh Wise … 177.279
35 Cole Whitt … 177.257
36 Chris Buescher … 177.048
37 Michael Annett … 176.791
38 JJ Yeley … 176.600
39 David Gilliland … 175.987
40 Jeb Burton … 175.966
41 Mike Bliss … 175.161

Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.

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