NASCAR Atlanta 2013 qualifying results: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scores first career pole

Mike Ehrmann

Rookie Ricky Stenhouse bested teammate Carl Edwards to earn his first career pole in qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

For the second time this season a rookie will lead the field in a Sprint Cup race, as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole in qualifying Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The other rookie to win a pole was Stenhouse's girlfriend Danica Patrick, who was the No. 1 qualifier in the season-opening Daytona 500.

With a lap of 189.688 mph, Stenhouse snatched the pole away from Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards, who will start second. It is Stenhouse's first career pole; his previous best starting position was third at Kansas.

Rounding out the top five were Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon. Hamlin was driving with a splint on his right hand after spraining his thumb in an accident a week ago at Bristol Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson qualified in positions six through 10.

Like Hamlin, Truex injured himself at Bristol and is wearing a cast on his right hand after fracturing his wrist. He will have Scott Speed on standby in case he can't complete the entire distance Sunday, but he said he expects to stay behind the wheel for the duration of the AdvoCare 500.

AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Starting Lineup

1)         Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2)         Carl Edwards

3)         Juan Pablo Montoya

4)         Denny Hamlin

5)         Jeff Gordon

6)         Matt Kenseth

7)         Martin Truex Jr.

8)         Dale Earnhardt Jr.

9)         Kyle Busch

10)       Jimmie Johnson

11)       Joey Logano

12)       Clint Bowyer

13)       AJ Allmendinger

14)       David Ragan

15)       Jamie McMurray

16)       Paul Menard

17)       Ryan Newman

18)       Kasey Kahne

19)       Casey Mears

20)       Marcos Ambrose

21)       Danica Patrick

22)       Brian Vickers

23)       Brad Keselowski

24)       Greg Biffle

25)       David Stremme

26)       Austin Dillon

27)       Mark Martin

28)       Jeff Burton

29)       Aric Almirola

30)       Kevin Harvick

31)       David Gilliland

32)       Kurt Busch

33)       Josh Wise

34)       David Reutimann

35)       Scott Speed

36)       Dave Blaney

37)       Travis Kvapil

38)       Mike Bliss

39)       Landon Cassill

40)       Joe Nemechek

41)       Timmy Hill

42)       JJ Yeley

43)       Michael McDowell

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