Friday, August 30, 2013

Stenhouse Jr. grabs first career Sprint Cup pole at Atlanta

Stenhouse could be in store for best Cup finish Sunday
HAMPTON, Ga.—For Ricky Stenhouse Jr., it’s about time that something good has happened to him in a Sprint Cup car.

In 24 races this year and 29 over his career, he had never won a pole and never has had a top-10 finish.

The rookie knocked one of those feats off that list Friday night as his lap of 189.688 mph earned him the pole for the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The two-time defending Nationwide Series champion whose headlines this year have been as much about his relationship with competitor Danica Patrick as about his racing, Stenhouse will have Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards (189.021) beside him for the start of the race.

“It’s finally good to get something accomplished this year,” Stenhouse said. “We’ve not got much accomplished of what we thought we should or the goals that we were setting out to get.

“I felt really good about our racecar (in practice).”

It wasn’t a huge surprise that Atlanta would be the place for a solid Stenhouse run. He won the Nationwide race at the track last year and has had good performances on 1.5-mile tracks this year.

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