Stenhouse claims first Cup pole at Atlanta

Stenhouse claims first Cup pole at Atlanta

Cup Series

Stenhouse claims first Cup pole at Atlanta


NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claimed his first pole position in the series at Atlanta.

Unlike most rivals, Stenhouse chose to run low on the racetrack for his pole shot. The tactic paid off as he usurped Roush Fenway team-mate Carl Edwards with a 189.688mph/29.227sec lap, taking pole by a tenth of a second.

On the day that his Earnhardt Ganassi replacement was revealed as Kyle Larson, Juan Pablo Montoya qualified third fastest. Denny Hamlin joins him on row two, followed by Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr., who is driving with a fractured wrist this weekend. Championship leader Jimmie Johnson starts 10th.

After his run of strong qualifying results, Kurt Busch could only manage 32nd this time.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time     Gap 1.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            29.227s 2.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford            29.330s  +0.103s 3.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  29.405s  +0.178s 4.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             29.406s  +0.179s 5.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet           29.481s  +0.254s 6.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota             29.492s  +0.265s 7.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota               29.499s  +0.272s 8.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet           29.565s  +0.338s 9.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             29.570s  +0.343s10.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet           29.572s  +0.345s11.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                  29.580s  +0.353s12.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               29.616s  +0.389s13.  AJ Allmendinger     JTG Daugherty Toyota         29.646s  +0.419s14.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford               29.658s  +0.431s15.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  29.689s  +0.462s16.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          29.699s  +0.472s17.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       29.714s  +0.487s18.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           29.719s  +0.492s19.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                 29.731s  +0.504s20.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   29.760s  +0.533s21.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       29.789s  +0.562s22.  Brian Vickers       Waltrip Toyota               29.829s  +0.602s23.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                  29.851s  +0.624s24.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            29.872s  +0.645s25.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                  29.903s  +0.676s26.  Austin Dillon       Childress Chevrolet          29.914s  +0.687s27.  Mark Martin         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       29.929s  +0.702s28.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet          29.957s  +0.730s29.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   29.986s  +0.759s30.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet          30.011s  +0.784s31.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               30.045s  +0.818s32.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet      30.049s  +0.822s33.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford               30.072s  +0.845s34.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                    30.175s  +0.948s35.  Scott Speed         Leavine Ford                 30.337s  +1.110s36.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet            30.392s  +1.165s37.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                    30.426s  +1.199s38.  Mike Bliss          Phoenix Chevrolet            30.473s  +1.246s39.  Landon Cassill      Hillman Chevrolet            30.550s  +1.323s40.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                 30.593s  +1.366s41.  Timmy Hill          FAS Lane Ford                30.863s  +1.636s42.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet            30.994s  +1.767s43.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford