Tony Stewart will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stewart won the pole for Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 when he posted a qualifying speed of 186.122 mph in 29.787. Friday’s pole win is Stewart’s first pole in the 2012 season. The pole at Atlanta is also the 14th Sprint Cup Series career pole for Stewart.
Joining Stewart on the front row Sunday will be points leader Greg Biffle. Closing out the top five are Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Jeff Gordon.
With Atlanta as one of the final two chances for wild card hopefuls to clinch a spot in the 2012 chase, current wild card holders Busch qualified in the top five and Kasey Kahne will start just out of the top ten in 11th.
During the qualifying session 47 cars attempted to make the race and four cars did not make the Cup Series field for Sunday. Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, Stephen Leicht, and Mike Bliss did not qualify.
Despite a slower qualifying lap, Landon Cassill, Travis Kvapil, and T.J Bell made the field by owner points.
Rounding out the top ten for the Advocare 500 are Mark Martin, Bristol winner Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Marcos Ambrose.