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Stenhouse Jr. grabs pole at Atlanta

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PAUL NEWBERRY  AP Sports Writer

 HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wanted to run at the top of the track.

 His car owner told him to stay on the bottom.

 Good thing the rookie listened.

 Stenhouse has struggled as a Cup rookie, ranking 23rd in the points and still looking for his first top-10 finish. For now, he's best known as the boyfriend of fellow Cup rookie Danica Patrick. won the first Sprint Cup pole of his career Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, turning a harrowing lap of 189.688 mph on the 1.54 tri-oval.

 

 His previous best qualifying effort of a difficult first full Cup season was third at Kansas.

 "When we unloaded the car, we weren't very good," Stenhouse said. "We kept making changes, making big changes, and got it where we needed to be."

 It also helped that he heeded the advice of car owner Jack Roush.

 Carl Edwards, a teammate at Roush Fenway Racing, had posted the fastest time of the night running a high line before Stenhouse, one of the last drivers to qualify, pulled onto the track.

 "We were sitting in the trailer after practice," Stenhouse said. "Jack asked me what line I was going to run in qualifying. Having a late draw, I thought whoever was on the pole at the time, I would run the same line. Well, Jack didn't want to hear that. He wanted to hear that I was going to run on the bottom. He said it makes him less nervous."

 Even so, Stenhouse waited as long as possible before committing to the low line.

 "I was probably three-fourths of a way down the front straightaway still contemplating whether to go bottom or top," he said. "I felt like I got through (turns) one and two really good. I knew I just had to maintain it through three and four. I was able to do that."

 Edwards wound up second-fastest at 189.021, giving him a starting spot on the outside of the front row for Sunday night's race - the next-to-last event before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins.

 "I thought there was no way he could beat us if he ran on the bottom," Edwards said. "I give Ricky a lot of credit for not changing his line after seeing how fast we were on top. He stuck to his guns."

"It's good to finally get something accomplished this year," Stenhouse said. "We've not accomplished what we thought we should or the goals we set out to get."

 Juan Pablo Montoya (188.539) and Denny Hamlin (188.533) earned spots on the second row. The rest of the top 10 was Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

 No one was sent home with 43 cars entering the race.

 

 

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