Tony Stewart bounces back with Atlanta pole

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Saturday 1st September, 2012 - 10:17am

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Tony Stewart will from pole at Atlanta

After throwing a strike with helmet last weekend at the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol, Tony Stewart has struck out the field in qualifying for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

For the first time in the 2012 season, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion will start on the pole.

The second last car to qualify, Stewart drove an unconventional flying lap around the top-side of the 1.5-mile speedway.

“That lap is 100 percent due to (team-mate) Ryan Newman,” said Stewart.

“He walked back down and helped us before we went out and said, ‘There’s a ton of grip up there (high side of the track), you just gotta do it’.

The pole marks the first time in Stewart’s career he has one a pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway where he is a multi-time race winner with his most recent victory coming in September, 2010.

Starting alongside Stewart for Sunday night’s race will be the Sprint Cup Series points leader, Greg Biffle.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose is well positioned, starting 10th to make it the fifth-straight weekend he will start on the front five rows.

“We laid down a decent lap there,” said Ambrose.

“It wasn’t awesome, but decent.

“This is a really tough one-and-a-half mile race track. It doesn’t feel like the traditional one-and-a-half mile because the track is so old with low grip and it’s rough. You’ve got to really manhandle the car around there. There’s no easy way to get around a lap, but I feel good about it.

“I feel good where we’re at and we’ll get after it and try to get ourselves another win.”

QUALIFYING: AdvoCare 500 | Atlanta Motor Speedway

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME

1 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 186.122 29.787
2 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Manheim Auctions 185.648 -0.076
3 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley’s Doublemint 185.492 -0.101
4 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 185.319 -0.129
5 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 185.307 -0.131
6 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 185.232 -0.143
7 Denny Hamlin Toyota Sport Clips 185.220 -0.145
8 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 185.139 -0.158
9 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 185.084 -0.167
10 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 185.053 -0.172
11 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 184.997 -0.181
12 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 184.930 -0.192
13 Aric Almirola Ford AdvoCare 184.874 -0.201
14 David Ragan Ford Glory Foods 184.738 -0.223
15 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 184.609 -0.244
16 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 184.566 -0.251
17 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Army Medicine 184.480 -0.265
18 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 184.425 -0.274
19 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 184.082 -0.330
20 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 184.070 -0.332
21 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 184.058 -0.334
22 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 183.747 -0.385
23 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 183.673 -0.397
24 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 183.643 -0.402
25 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 183.509 -0.424
26 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 183.412 -0.440
27 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 183.388 -0.444
28 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Shocks 183.370 -0.447
29 David Gilliland Ford House / Autry 183.364 -0.448
30 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 183.333 -0.453
31 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 183.037 -0.502
32 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World 182.886 -0.527
33 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 182.759 -0.548
34 Jason Leffler Toyota Robinson-Blakeney Racing 182.675 -0.562
35 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 182.627 -0.570
36 Scott Speed Ford Jordan Truck Sales 182.549 -0.583
37 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 182.380 -0.611
38 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 182.189 -0.643
39 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 182.141 -0.651
40 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com 182.069 -0.663
41 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 181.777 -0.712
42 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 181.390 -0.777
43 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 181.283 -0.795
44 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 181.224 -0.805
45 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 180.651 -0.902
46 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper / Burger King 180.527 -0.923
47 T.J. Bell Ford Greensmoke 180.457 -0.935

* Denotes Rookie

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