Stenhouse claims 1st Cup pole at Atlanta

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 08:34 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won the first Sprint Cup pole of his career at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stenhouse turned a lap of 189.688 mph Friday night on the 1.54 tri-oval. His previous best qualifying run was third at Kansas this season.

Carl Edwards, a teammate of Stenhouse at Roush Fenway Racing, was second-fastest at 189.021, giving him a starting spot on the outside of the front row for Sunday night's race.

Juan Pablo Montoya (188.539) and Denny Hamlin (188.533) will start on the second row.

The rest of the top 10 is Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

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After Friday qualifying; race Sunday
At Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, Ga.
Lap length: 1.54 miles
(Car number in parentheses)

1. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 189.688 mph.

2. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 189.021.

3. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 188.539.

4. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 188.533.

5. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 188.053.

6. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 187.983.

7. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 187.939.

8. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 187.519.

9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 187.487.

10. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 187.475.

11. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 187.424.

12. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 187.196.

13. (47) A J Allmendinger, Toyota, 187.007.

14. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 186.931.

15. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 186.736.

16. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 186.673.

17. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 186.579.

18. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 186.547.

19. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 186.472.

20. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 186.29.

21. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 186.109.

22. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 185.859.

23. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 185.722.

24. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 185.592.

25. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 185.399.

26. (33) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 185.331.

27. (14) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 185.238.

28. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 185.065.

29. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 184.886.

30. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 184.732.

31. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 184.523.

32. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 184.499.

33. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, 184.358.

34. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, 183.728.

35. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, 182.747.

36. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 182.416.

37. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Owner Points.

38. (51) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

39. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

40. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Owner Points.

41. (32) Timmy Hill, Ford, Owner Points.

42. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

43. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, Owner Points.

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