NASCAR Atlanta Starting Lineup 2012: Tony Stewart Leads Qualifying For AdvoCare 500

Tony Stewart doesn't win pole positions very often. In fact, throughout his multi-championship, 47-win career, Stewart had only 13 poles in 488 starts heading into this weekend.

Make that 14.

Stewart, one of the final cars to go out in Friday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Atlanta Motor Speedway, posted a lap of 186.121 mph by using the high line to bump Greg Biffle from the top spot. The defending champion will start on the pole for only the fourth time in the last seven years.

Biffle will start second, followed by Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon. The top 10 was completed by Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose.

Danica Patrick, making her fifth career start, qualified a career-best 23rd – ahead of drivers like Kevin Harvick (24th), Clint Bowyer (30th) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (35th).

Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, Stephen Leicht and Mike Bliss failed to qualify for the race.

Here is the starting lineup for Sunday's AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

  1. Tony Stewart
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Mark Martin
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Marcos Ambrose
  11. Kasey Kahne
  12. Carl Edwards
  13. Aric Almirola
  14. David Ragan
  15. Sam Hornish Jr.
  16. Kurt Busch
  17. Ryan Newman
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Casey Mears
  20. Jamie McMurray
  21. Brad Keselowski
  22. Dave Blaney
  23. Danica Patrick
  24. Kevin Harvick
  25. Bobby Labonte
  26. Jeff Burton
  27. Regan Smith
  28. Martin Truex Jr.
  29. David Gilliland
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. David Stremme
  32. Trevor Bayne
  33. Juan Pablo Montoya
  34. Jason Leffler
  35. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  36. Scott Speed
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. Reed Sorenson
  39. Scott Riggs
  40. Landon Cassill
  41. Travis Kvapil
  42. TJ Bell
  43. JJ Yeley
DNQ: Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, Stephen Leicht, Mike Bliss.
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