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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Earns First Sprint Cup Pole, Seeks First Top-10 Finish

When the stars of the Sprint Cup Series take the green flag to start Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, an unfamiliar face will lead the way. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his first career pole on Friday evening.'s Reid Spencer reports that he turned in a fast lap of 189.688 miles per hour. The lap took 29.227 seconds to complete and was one-tenth of a second quicker than outside pole-sitter and teammate Carl Edwards. The rest of the top five starters are Juan Pablo Montoya, defending race winner Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon. Only 43 cars attempted to make the starting field, so no drivers failed to qualify for the race. The pole win comes as a mild surprise for Stenhouse, as his previous best qualifying effort ...

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