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Getty Images for NASCAR (August 31, 2013)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won the first Sprint Cup pole of his career at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stenhouse turned a lap of 189.688 mph Friday night on the 1.54 tri-oval. His previous best qualifying run was third at Kansas this season.
Carl Edwards, a teammate of Stenhouse at Roush Fenway Racing, was second-fastest at 189.021, giving him a starting spot on the outside of the front row for Sunday night's race.
Juan Pablo Montoya (188.539) and Denny Hamlin (188.533) will start on the second row.
The rest of the top 10 is Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

Kansas native Clint Bowyer had an early qualifying run and will settle for a 12th place starting possition.

"Not a bad lap for our RK Motors.  We have come a long way," said Bowyer. "We were off in qualifying trim pretty bad and Brian (Pattie, crew chief) and the guys did a good job of getting it steered back at least decently in the right direction.  It's cooling down pretty fast, but a top-15 would be fine with me."