(HAMPTON, Ga.) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his first Cup pole of his career on Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stenhouse road at the bottom of the track and beat out Ford teammate Carl Edwards with a time of 189.688 mph on the 1.54 tri-oval.
“When we unloaded the car, we weren’t very good,” Stenhouse said. “We kept making changes, making big changes, and got it where we needed to be.”
Edwards wound up second-fastest at 189.021 and sits third in the Sprint Cup standings headed into Sunday’s race.
“I thought there was no way he could beat us if he ran on the bottom,” Edwards said. “I give Ricky a lot of credit for not changing his line after seeing how fast we were on top. He stuck to his guns.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN