Stenhouse claims first Cup pole at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- 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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