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By: Carrie Whitmore – Follow on Twitter @CarrieWhitmore
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. just wanted to run at the top of the track, but his car owner told him to stay at the bottom. It’s a good thing Stenhouse listened.
Stenhouse won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole of his career on Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stenhouse had a lap speedy of 189.688 mph on the 1.54 tri-oval.
His previous best qualifying effort of what has been a difficult first full Cup season was third at Kansas earlier this season.
“When we unloaded the car, we weren’t very good,” said Stenhouse. “We kept making changes, making big changes, and got it where we needed to be.”
It also helped that Stenhouse needed some words of wisdom from his car owner, Jack Roush.
Stenhouse’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Carl Edwards, had posted the fastest time of the night. However, that was before Stenhouse, one of the last drivers to qualify, came onto the track.
“We were sitting...