HAMPTON, Ga., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the first pole of his Sprint Cup career Friday, turning in the best qualifying time for Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stenhouse, a rookie this season, turned in a lap of 189.688 miles per hour. His first pole came in his 30th start in the Sprint Cup series. His previous best qualifying performance had been a third in Kansas four months ago.
Carl Edwards qualified second at 189.021 mph to give the Roush Fenway team both spots on the front row.