March 22, 2014 — photo via Getty Images — FONTANA, CA — Kevin Harvick led Saturday’s first session of Sprint Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway.
Harvick topped the charts with a speed of 186.018 mph. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will start fourth in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3 p.m. ET, FOX).
Jeff Gordon was second in the day’s opening practice with a speed of 185.677 mph. Joey Logano was third (185.620 mph), Coors Light Pole Award winner Matt Kenseth was fourth (185.319 mph) and Kurt Busch (184.943 mph) rounded out the top five.
Jimmie Johnson, who led Friday’s lone Cup practice, placed seventh (184.483 mph). Points leader Brad Keselowski, who will start the race on the front row next to Kenseth, placed 15th (183.720 mph).
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 20th in practice (183.379 mph).
Martin Truex Jr. ran into some trouble in the practice session as he hit into the outside wall in Turn 2. A backup car was unloaded for Truex Jr., who was slated to start 12th in the race and he will now have to start at the back of the field.
Tony Stewart also made some contact with the wall and his team was working on his car in the latter stages of practice.
Paul Menard, who missed Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions following the birth of his daughter this week, was back at the track on Saturday and he finished 25th in practice.