NASCAR Young Guns grab Atlanta headlines

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Saturday 31st August, 2013 - 10:55am

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr with his first Sprint Cup pole

Ricky Stenhouse Jr with his first Sprint Cup pole

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored his first career Sprint Cup Series pole position setting the fastest time for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta.

Carl Edwards held the provisional pole with a run of 29.330 seconds with a best speed of 304.200kmh (189.021 mph) before the 25-year-old emerged as the front-runner.

“We unloaded and weren’t very good and we kept making changes and kept making big changes and got it to where it needed to be,” said Stenhouse Jr.

“We’ve got two Roush Yates Fords on the front row and it takes a lot of horsepower to put a lap down like that here at Atlanta. We enjoy it and I’m looking forward to Sunday.”

In other NASCAR news it was confirmed today that Kyle Larson will replace Juan Pablo Montoya (qualified third) in the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 car. Considered the next big thing, the 21-year-old has been one to watch in the Nationwide Series despite having just 29 starts to his name in the second-tier of NASCAR.

“I’d like to prove the people that don’t think I’m ready for it wrong, and the guys who think I am ready, let them pump their chests out a little bit,” said Larson.

“I’ve never let the pressure get to me, of running well or anything like that. I’ve always kind of sat back and raced and did the best I could. I think that’s paid off for me in all the years I’ve been racing.”

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson will replace Juan Pablo Montoya in 2014

It’s something of a controversial decision, given that a year ago Larson was preparing for just his second start in the Camping World Truck Series. The former dirt track stand-out is eighth in Nationwide points, with a best finish of second. He’s yet to complete a full season in any national NASCAR series, and now he’s been given a prime seat in the big time.

“We do feel that we need to continue Kyle Larson’s growth, and putting him in a Cup car was the very next step,” Chip Ganassi said.

“We’re sure there are going to be growing pains. We think he’s ready. And some of those growing pains will come whenever his first year in the series is. So I think it’s a good opportunity. My expectations and advice to him would be to keep the car on the track and run laps.”

Larson is expected to get a Sprint Cup Series start in the No.51, which is now owned by Turner Scott. That operation could also run Larson in limited Nationwide Series competition in 2014.

VIDEO: Larson joins the Big League

 

QUALIFYING: AdvoCare 500 – Atlanta

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Best Buy 189.688 29.227 Leader

2

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Subway 189.021 29.330 –0.103

3

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 188.539 29.405 –0.178

4

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota Sport Clips 188.533 29.406 –0.179

5

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 188.053 29.481 –0.254

6

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota The Home Depot / Husky 187.983 29.492 –0.265

7

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 187.939 29.499 –0.272

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard ‘Race to Achieve’ 187.519 29.565 –0.338

9

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s 187.487 29.570 –0.343

10

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s Dover White 187.475 29.572 –0.345

11

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 187.424 29.580 –0.353

12

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota TBA 187.196 29.616 –0.389

13

AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota Scott Products 187.007 29.646 –0.419

14

David Ragan 34 Ford Racetrac Hot Boiled Peanuts By Peanut Patch 186.931 29.658 –0.431

15

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Bad Boy Buggies 186.736 29.689 –0.462

16

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Moen 186.673 29.699 –0.472

17

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Aspen Dental 186.579 29.714 –0.487

18

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 186.547 29.719 –0.492

19

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 186.472 29.731 –0.504

20

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford DeWalt 186.290 29.760 –0.533

21

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 186.109 29.789 –0.562

22

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 185.859 29.829 –0.602

23

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 185.722 29.851 –0.624

24

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M 185.592 29.872 –0.645

25

David Stremme 30 Toyota Widow Wax-Lean1 185.399 29.903 –0.676

26

Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet AdvoCare 185.331 29.914 –0.687

27

Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 185.238 29.929 –0.702

28

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 185.065 29.957 –0.730

29

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 184.886 29.986 –0.759

30

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 184.732 30.011 –0.784

31

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 184.523 30.045 –0.818

32

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row-Beautyrest 184.499 30.049 –0.822

33

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Systems 184.358 30.072 –0.845

34

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 183.728 30.175 –0.948

35

Scott Speed 95 Ford Leavine Family Racing 182.747 30.337 –1.110

36

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany 182.416 30.392 –1.165

37

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 182.213 30.426 –1.199

38

Mike Bliss 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 181.932 30.473 –1.246

39

Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet Hillman Racing 181.473 30.550 –1.323

40

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 181.218 30.593 –1.366

41

Timmy Hill 32 Ford U.S. Chrome 179.633 30.863 –1.636

42

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 178.873 30.994 –1.767

43

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing Leader

 

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