Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was right to listen to his boss Jack Roush as his advice helped Stenhouse come out on top at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
During the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session for the Advocare 500, Stenhouse won the pole for Sunday’s race when he posted a qualifying lap of 189.688 mph in 29.227 seconds. The pole win at Atlanta gives Stenhouse his first Cup Series career pole.
With the pole at Atlanta, Stenhouse has secured himself a spot into the Sprint Unlimited in 2014.
Joining Stenhouse on the front row will be his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards. Closing out the top five are Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon.
Heading into the race at Atlanta, the pole adds to Stenhouse’s list of accomplishments and his first of many within the Cup Series. As one of the few rookies in the Cup Series this season, the pole win is a sign of his growth.
With two races to go until the chase cutoff, Atlanta will be the place to either make or break several drivers. For Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle and Joey Logano, they may be heading into the race within the top 10 in points, but they need to perform well in order to stay in those spots. Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman currently hold the two wildcard spots, but they aren’t guaranteed those spots unless they manage to stay there or move up.
Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch are currently on the outside looking in, and are in need of a win if they want to at least capture a wild card position or to try to get in within the top 10.
With two races to go until the Chase cut-off, Atlanta will certainly provide much to talk about with all the Chase scenarios.