Kenseth, a three-time winner at Fontana when he drove for
Five-time Fontana winner
Under the new qualilfying format, all the cars qualified in the opening 25-minute session and the 24 fastest cars advanced to the 10-minute second round. The 12 fastest drivers in that round moved to the third and final session, which lasted five minutes.
Among the drivers who failed to reach the final round included
Many of the drivers ran only a single lap in each session because the Fontana track is particularly abrasive and the teams are allowed only one set of tires for qualifying.